Press releases after the test at Barcelona:
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Cancels Catalunya Testing Plans Due to Rainstorm
Heavy thunderstorm and showers spoiled Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s testing plans, leaving the team no choice but to postpone their schedule until their private test at Motorland Aragón later this week.
Montmeló (Spain), 15th June 2015
After a perfect weekend at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team was disappointed to not to be able to get out on track today at the Official IRTA test due to a heavy thunderstorm and showers.
Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were scheduled to testing some new solutions and items in the afternoon, but were unable to do so as the rainy conditions were too severe to make their times comparable with those of the previous days.
The team patiently waited, but with no sign of improvement in the weather conditions after 13:45pm the team was forced to postpone their testing plans. They look forward to their private test held in Aragon in the next two days.
Today ultimately we decided not to go out to test due to the weather conditions. There were some heavy thunderstorms and rain conditions that made our plans for testing at Montmeló literally fall into the water. We were planning on trying a brand-new chassis with both riders in an effort to improve corner entry. We also wanted to check on some small details, but it didn‘t make sense to test in these conditions. Fortunately we can look forward to traveling to Aragon for some testing in the coming days, so we still have enough time to tryout the new pieces. We will work focusing right now on the second part of the season and especially for Assen.
TESTS HAMPERED BY BAD WEATHER IN BARCELONA
CWM LCR Honda had been hoping for a full day of testing to overcome the hangover of disappointment from yesterday’s Grand Prix of Catalunya. However the weather gods felt differently, and after Cal Crutchlow had put in just a handful of laps on his Honda RC213V, the rain came and brought an early end to the session.
The next race in the MotoGP World Championship takes place at the Assen circuit in northern Holland, with the world famous Dutch TT on the traditional slot of the last Saturday in June.
Cal Crutchlow #35 – 1’42.857
“We’re really disappointed with the weather situation, we knew there was a possibility of some rain, but it’s like you need Noah’s Ark out there!”
“We had some things to test, not new parts, but some settings we wanted to try. I didn’t feel well either after picking up food poisoning last night, so in the end I only really completed four full laps.”
“We need to keep working hard because we come off the back of a bad run of results, two of which haven’t been our fault. Our pace is the best of the satellite bikes without a shadow of a doubt, and we’re also close to the factory Honda guys so we can go to Assen with high hopes.”
Thunderstorm curtails testing in Barcelona
Montmeló, Spain - 15 June 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS were forced to cut short their one-day MotoGP test at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya due to adverse weather conditions.
Just two hours into the test, which started in perfect conditions, the arrival of a thunderstorm brought with it torrential rain, forcing Scott Redding and the other MotoGP riders back to the pit box.
The heavy rain continued unabated for more than an hour, before giving way to light showers that ensured the track never had a chance to dry out. Redding completed two runs in the rain, to evaluate the wet weather performance of two different sets of steel front brake discs, before finally calling it a day two hours earlier than planned.
The team will now return to Belgium, before heading north next week for round eight of the MotoGP World Championship at Assen.
Scott Redding: 12th – 1’43.134 – 20 Laps
“Today’s conditions weren’t perfect, with the thunderstorm effectively ending the test at lunchtime, but at least I got some more laps under my belt and even limited testing is better than no testing. This afternoon I also did a couple of runs in the wet to test a few things and it was nice to get the feeling back in the rain, which could come in useful next week at Assen, where you’re never quite sure what the weather will do.”
Chris Pike: Chief Engineer
“We wanted to try a slightly different chassis layout today and we took some tentative steps with that before the rain arrived. What we could do was limited by the weather, but the initial feedback was positive and we’ll continue with it at Assen and see if we can progress further. Once the rain eased up Scott did a couple of runs in the wet to test some different front brake discs, with positive results.”
Thunderstorm ends Catalunya post-race test prematurely
Unfortunately heavy rain has ended the post-race test in Montmelo for the Repsol Honda Team after just 90 minutes. Marc Marquez went out on track as soon as the lights turned green at 10am and teammate Dani Pedrosa followed at 10h30, but they only managed a few exits before rain showers arrived, and progressively built into a heavy thunderstorm.
Nevertheless, Marc was able to complete three exits and had an opportunity to test last year’s chassis – equipped with the 2015 engine, swing arm and exhaust – and gave positive first impressions. He completed a total of twenty laps, recording his fastest time of 1’42.197 on lap three, placing him 4th fastest.
Dani had planned to test electronic settings, the new exhaust and some other setup parts but his test programme was also cut short, only managing sixteen laps with his fastest time of 1’42.386 arriving on lap five, leaving him 6th for the day.
The team will now head north for the Dutch TT in Assen in two weeks time.
4th 1’42.197 [lap 3/20]
"We didn’t have much luck with the weather today, it started to rain very early on and we could only do three runs. The important thing is that the one point we did try – last year’s chassis with this year’s swingarm and engine gave us a positive feeling. We have to confirm our findings and compare the telemetry, because it wasn’t a huge step forward and we couldn’t do many laps, but the first impressions were good. The rain interrupted our work, but we'll see if we can continue working in this way because I’m feeling better on the bike all the time."
6th 1’42.386 [lap 5/16]
"The idea we had for today was to make different adjustments to the bike and try to improve different aspects of it. But in the end we were only able to make two runs on track, and only on one of these did we test the electronics. The truth is that we couldn’t really do much more, because it started to rain a lot."
Smith concludes test on top to complete positive Catalunya visit
Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team rider Bradley Smith followed up his hard fought 5th place finish at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya by finishing at the top of the pile in the post race MotoGP test. The young British rider tested various settings for the front end of his Yamaha YZR-M1 in order to combat the lack of grip which he has experienced at some of the previous rounds. Smith undertook 18 laps in total before midday and posted a best time of 1'42.018. However, torrential rain then fell at the circuit, drawing a premature close to the test. Nevertheless, his performance left him 0.051 ahead of the next rider and sees him fully confident of riding to another top result at the Motul TT Assen.
Meanwhile Pol Espargaro finished the post Catalunya Grand Prix test in 8th position after experimenting with the balance and the riding position on his Yamaha YZR-M1. The Spaniard, who unfortunately fell during his home Grand Prix yesterday, got straight to work and rode 18 laps this morning before the thunderstorms interrupted the session. He set his fastest lap on his 8th which was a 1'42.637 leaving him in 8th and six tenths of a second back from his teammate who topped the standings. Despite the weather causing an early finish for the 24 year old rider, he remains confident of clinching success at the next race in the Netherlands at the legendary Assen circuit.
Position : 1st Time : 1'42.018 Laps : 18
"Today was a really interesting test for us and I'm pleased with the outcome. It was very short at just 18 laps, but I knew that I had to get out on track early because we were aware that the rain was coming in the afternoon. In total, we did four runs and we were able to analyse some different settings for the front suspension which enabled us to get a bit more feeling and stability. All three solutions were positive so this means that we have a good base to start from in the future. We completed 90% of our work today as we weren't expecting a long test. Altogether, we had five or six runs planned and in the end, I ran four so we didn't miss out on a lot. The lap time was ok considering the cooler track temperature this morning, but I feel happy that we've made a good step forward and I can't wait for the Motul TT Assen next week."
Position : 8th Time : 1'42.637 Laps : 18
"We wanted to try a few different setup options and today should have been a very imporant day, but unfortunately the rain prevented us from making a lot a progress. I only rode 18 laps and it started raining quite early so in the end, we just had time to experiment with the height of the bike and the riding position. Yet, due to the lack of track time, the results are inconclusive for now as we couldn't evaluate it fully and on a new set of tyres. Furthermore, there wasn't enough time to get into a good rhythm to see how the changes affected the bike over a number of laps. Therefore, we are leaving here a bit dissatisfied, as today should have been vital to test after the tricky weekend we had. However, we will improve in Assen where I intend to bounce back strongly."
HEAVY RAIN CUTS TESTING SHORT IN BARCELONA
The CWM LCR Honda team had hoped for more time on track in Monday’s post Grand Prix test at the circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya but some Mediterranean showers cut their work short. On his Open Specification RC213V-RS Jack Miller put in some laps in the dry in the morning and later tried a wet setting after the showers had fallen.
The next round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship will take place at the Cathedral of Motorcycle racing in northern Holland at the historic Assen circuit. Miller will therefore get his first taste of the famous Dutch TT as a MotoGP rider in the traditional slot of the last Saturday in June.
Jack Miller #43 – 1’42.512
“I’m happy with the result today and it was important to have the test to try some things. Ok the weather wasn’t quite perfect, that wasn’t what we wanted, but we got to do some wet testing to try and work out a map for wet race. Say it’s dry all weekend and then it’s wet on a Sunday, so this was quite important.”
“Also in the dry this morning we were able to play around with some settings and we felt comfortable. We improved on our time from the weekend. I really look forward to going to Assen now and I think it’s a good track. We still need to improve the feeling with the front a little bit more as it’s a track where it’s really important to have a lot of front feeling. Anyway, I’ve had some success there in the past so I look forward to getting to Holland and to try and do a good job.”
TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR TESTS AT CATALUNYA
Team Suzuki Press Office – June 15.
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR riders Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargarò stayed on at the Montmelò circuit in Spain following yesterday’s MotoGP race for the official one-day IRTA tests, and emerged with valuable information despite rain cutting-short proceedings.
The team worked-on improvements on the electronics and to finalise the settings on the new GSX-RR engine specifications, plus a new front fairing to help both riders find more top-speed on the straights. Unfortunately only Viñales made a proper test of the fairing as Espargarò slid-off – without any major injury – early into the test, and just before heavy rain began to fall.
Before the downpour, both riders topped the session until the very end, with Viñales scoring a 1’42.069 in his second lap out of 20 and Espargarò right behind him with 1’42.127 on lap seven from 11 before Bradley Smith pushed Viñales into second place by 0.051 seconds.
“Yesterday I was really upset because of the crash, it was a very bad-end to a weekend that was very positive for us. For this reason, this morning I was very happy to take to the track again and to re-start my mind-set and get back on my GSX-RR. I guess that this morning just one second after 10am (when the track was opened). I was out running, then unfortunately in lap 10 I crashed; it was in the same corner where I crashed yesterday in the race, but this time it was very different: Yesterday I was almost stopped, while today it was very fast. I don’t know what happened, but we are still investigating through the data. Then it started raining so we had to stop; it’s a pity because we had many things to try but luckily we will move to Aragon for some more testing. I need to ride again soon, try not to fall again; and continue the development.”
“The short-term objective is to find a better pace with worn tyres and finally we did it today. The colder weather also helped but I’m proud to see that I ran almost six- tenths-of-a-second faster than in yesterday’s race. The rain stopped our work and now we need to do it in Alcañiz, we need to improve on the tyre management and to finalise a set-up that remains consistent as the tyres get worn. We had some new parts to test but most of all I focused on my riding style. Of course we need data to grow therefore any laps is an important source of information for us.”