MotoGP 2017: IRTA-Test Phillip Island


Starker Maverick Vinales; Yamahas Neuzugang hatte bei allen Tests die Nase vorne, auch in Phillip Island.

Zuerst einmal die Runden-Bestzeiten nach drei IRTA-Testtagen in Phillip Island. Zwischen P1 (Vinales) und P22 (Lowes) liegen 1,65 Sekunden. Unglaublich eng alles. Da zeichnet sich eine irre Saison ab. Und mittendrin steckt Jonas Folger, der Aufsteiger und Rookie im Monster Yamaha Tech3-Team, auf P4 nach diesem Test. Ein Wahnsinn. Hoffentlich wird er auch noch bewundert, wenn es mal weniger gut funzt. Der nächste IRTA-Test ist für Katar am 10-12.März geplant. Die Saison startet dann ebendort am 26. März. Gut möglich, dass das Spektakel etliche Nerven zerfetzt, wenn nicht bis dahin, dann halt später. Druck ist jedenfalls genug im Kessel.

Jonas Folger, locker und schnell. Und über den Erwartungen. Schöne Überraschung.

AUSTRALIAN TEST – Combined classification after Day 3:

  1. Maverick VIÑALES, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – 1:28.549 – Session 3
  2. Marc MARQUEZ, Repsol Honda Team – 1:28.843 +0.294 – Session 3
  3. Dani PEDROSA, Repsol Honda Team – 1:29.033 +0.484 – Session 3
  4. Jonas FOLGER, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – 1:29.042 +0.493 – Session 3
  5. Cal CRUTCHLOW, LCR Honda – 1:29.101 +0.552 – Session 3
  6. Alex RINS, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – 1:29.103 +0.554 – Session 3
  7. Andrea DOVIZIOSO, Ducati Team – 1:29.248 +0.699 – Session 3
  8. Jorge LORENZO, Ducati Team – 1:29.342 +0.793 – Session 3
  9. Jack MILLER Marc, VDS Racing Team – 1:29.358 +0.809 – Session 3
  10. Aleix ESPARGARO, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini – 1:29.361 +0.812 – Session 3
  11. Alvaro BAUTISTA, Pull&Bear Aspar Team – 1:29.411 +0.862 – Session 2
  12. Valentino ROSSI, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – 1:29.470 +0.921 – Session 3
  13. Andrea IANNONE, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – 1:29.547 +0.998 – Session 3
  14. Danilo PETRUCCI, Octo Pramac Racing – 1:29.615 +1.066 – Session 3
  15. Johann ZARCO, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – 1:29.670 +1.121 – Session 3
  16. Hector BARBERA, Reale Esponsorama Racing – 1:29.791 +1.242 – Session 3
  17. Pol ESPARGARO, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing – 1:29.857 +1.308 – Session 3
  18. Loris BAZ, Reale Esponsorama Racing – 1:29.977 +1.428 – Session 3
  19. Bradley SMITH, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing – 1:29.978 +1.429 – Session 3
  20. Scott REDDING, Octo Pramac Racing – 1:30.005 +1.456 – Session 3
  21. Karel ABRAHAM, Pull&Bear Aspar Team – 1:30.142 +1.593 – Session 2
  22. Sam LOWES, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini – 1:30.200 +1.651 – Session 3


Honda hat sich inzwischen für einen neuen V4-Motortyp entschieden, dazu wird jetzt die Elektronik aussortiert. Suzuki verglich In Sepang das letztjährige Bike mit dem Evolution-Modell, testete neue in die Verkleidung integrierte Winglets und unterschiedliche Hinterradschwingen. Neuling Alex Rins, trotz eines harmlosen Ausrutschers, war am Ende schneller als Iannone. Allerdings verbrauchte der Italiener seine neuen, schnellen Michelins auf Longruns, die das Team unbedingt ausgeführt haben wollte. Bei Ducati standen Chassis Test ohne Wings im Vordergrund, mit Blick auf Balance und Set-up. Beim Yamaha-Factory Team wurden zwei unterschiedliche Chassis ausprobiert, eine Entscheidung zu Gunsten dieser oder jener Variante ist noch nicht gefallen.

Schwarzes Gold von Michelin, einheitlich für alle: Slick oder Rain, Intermediate 2017 nimmer.

Technisch hat sich am Reglement nichts geändert, außer dem Flügelverbot. Deswegen wird an Ausweichlösungen herumgetrickst. Bei den Michelin-Einheitsreifen entfallen die Intermediates, künftig gibt es nur noch Full Slicks und Regenpneus. Neu ist auch, das beim Bike-Wechsel an der Box bei Flag-to-Flag-Rennen nur mehr 4 Mann den Fahrer in der Pitlane abfertigen dürfen, dazu müssen diese Helme aufsetzen.

Nachfolgend die Stimmen der Fahrer im O-Ton:

Maverick Vinales. Top Gun, aber sowas von.

MaverickVinales: »It was a very positive test for us. We came here to try many items and now we got things clear and we already know which set-up we can start using in Qatar. We did a lot of work and I’m happy about that. Today we concentrated mainly on the race pace and I’m satisfied, but we’re still able to improve. We didn’t decide on the fairing yet, it’s still totally open, you never know.«

Der Doctor. Gut zu sehen hier, die tricky in die Verkleidung integrierten Flügel.

Valentino Rossi: Today we worked a lot on the pace for the second half of the race, because we suffered in that area last year. We tried something quite different, but in the end we didn’t improve a lot, so we’ll have to try something else. I think the bike has good aspects, especially the engine, but for sure this test was more difficult for me than the one in Sepang. I’m not very happy and we need to try to do better.

Marquez. Er und Vinales, das wird heftig.

Marc Marquez: »I’m very happy with how it went today because we improved a lot, especially in the afternoon, even if I did my best lap time in the morning. In the end I felt much more comfortable and it seems that yesterday’s long runs were useful for improving the electronics and getting closer to the level we wanted to reach. Overall, I think it has been three very positive days, and we did a good job. Of course we shouldn’t forget that this circuit is quite particular, and in Qatar we’ll see where we really are. Today I had a funny present from my team, a magnifying glass; I know I’m quite persistent in asking to check the data to find the issues we had, and they told me to find it myself! I’m very thankful that HRC is putting in a lot of effort, and step-by-step we’re getting better. I’d like to wish all the best to my Crew Chief Santi [Hernandez], who wasn’t able to be here at Philip Island because of some medical checks. We all missed him and we’re looking forward to seeing him with us again at the next test!«

Pedrosa pretty quick, trotz Grippe am zweiten Tag. Plus: Kühles Helmdesign.

Dani Pedrosa: »Overall I think it’s been a very positive test, especially considering that this isn’t one of my favourite tracks. I was riding quite well and I think we improved day by day. Yesterday I wasn’t feeling well but today I felt a bit better and we were able to do a good job on the track. The team has worked very well. We focused again on electronics and on the setup of the bike, and the only thing we missed was a long run, as we ran out of time. Michelin have also made some good steps forward with the tyres. All in all, we can say we’re heading in the right direction, even if we still have some work to do.«

Jonas, das Follgass-Monster, auch nach einem Ausrutscher alsbald wieder zackig unterwegs.

Jonas Folger: »Today was another good day and we can head home feeling positive for the future and happy about what we accomplished at Phillip Island. This morning, I got straight to work and I was able to cut my lap time further, which was a strong start. After that, the team and I tried a lot of settings on the bike but I was never 100% sure about which direction was the best one to take, despite the rhythm being quite good. Then, I started a race simulation but after three or four laps, I crashed at turn six. I returned to the track on my second bike that had a different setting, and after completing eleven laps or so, my confidence came back and I became faster and faster, which was very important. Now we know which direction we have to head towards and we will try again in Qatar. However, for the moment, we can be fully satisfied about what we completed here because the rhythm was good, the lap time was strong, we tried many options and we sorted a lot of things out, so we can all be really content.«

Zarco. Immer besser, step by step.

Johann Zarco: »The third and final day at Phillip Island went smoothly for me and now I am looking forward to the next track appearance in Qatar. Once again, the conditions were clear and sunny, which was good for my confidence and it meant that we could ride uninterrupted. I improved on yesterday’s best time in the morning and then I just kept working and completing laps. In the end, I am pleased about the distance that we covered today. This circuit is not one of my favourites but because of the number of laps which I rode, I am now able to understand the bike better and we can adjust and improve more settings. This is important for the next test because I know that I will be stronger at other venues.«

Rins, der Erstaunliche.

Alex Rins: »The truth is that I’m very satisfied with these three days of testing. Apart from the best lap, the most important thing is that our progress during the sessions has been consistent and significant, cutting more than 2.3 seconds since Day One. We are able to better understand the machine and also develop a finer sensitivity with the settings and the changes. With my team, we are working very intensively, and this pays us back in the end. We still have many areas to improve, both in the GSX-RR and in my riding, but our ideas are getting clearer after each session. I also had a little crash today, but this didn’t affect my performance. I’m satisfied with these days and confident that we will be able to further improve.«

Iannone: Der ex-Rote weiss auch bei den Blauen, wo der Hammer hängt.

Andrea Iannone: »We understand more-and-more the direction we need to take for the future. I managed a very constructive long run where we could put together all the information collected in these three days and I must say the result was not bad at all. Obviously, I couldn´t take advantage of the new tyres for a proper time attack. I ruined the front tyres as I used them so much for the long run attempts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Therefore, my position in the classification is not the one I’d like, but looking overall, we did a good job. We are working on the electronics but not just there. We have many areas where we can make big or small improvements, and we are trying to fix everything. These kinds of tests require time and patience. It is like being a test rider more than a race rider. It is hard to be in the position of tapping the bike´s full potential, but I’m confident that in Qatar we will reap the benefits of this hard work.«

Dovizioso: Hard working, feeling good.

Andrea Dovizioso: »In these three days at Phillip Island we have managed to get through a lot of work, gathering lots of useful information. We worked hard on the set-up and on several aspects of the chassis, further improving the feeling. Overall it was a good test, above all I’m happy I managed to do my times when it was the right moment and this makes me feel good. However I’m not completely satisfied because we still haven’t managed to totally improve several characteristics of the bike and so we will have to put more effort into our work.«

Spannend: Lorenzo und die Zähmung der roten Diva.

Jorge Lorenzo: »Today we made an important step forward to better understanding the bike, just like we did on the final day of the test in Sepang, and my lap times improved a lot. It was a pity that we were not able to use the soft tyre this morning, when the track conditions were ideal, because I think I could have got my time down by another three-tenths. But, as I said, for me at this moment the times are not as important as the feeling on the bike and understanding the most efficient way to ride it. For the moment we’ve still got a lot of work to do, especially to get the bike to turn in the corners. In any case, all things considered, I think that we finished this test in quite a positive way.«

KTM-Quertreiber Pol Espargaro.

Pol Espargaro: »We’ve improved the pace quite a lot, and that’s where you earn the points. Being on the bike is much better and the lap times are quite close to the first guys. We were really close many times, and I’m very happy about that. The team is working hard, and I think we’re putting it all together.“ When asked what the team hoped to gain before the next tests in Qatar, Espargaro said he felt there were still gains to be made in the engine and the electronics. »The engineers know what to do and how to do it, and they will do something great for Qatar, so I am very happy.«

Bradley Smith in der KTM Box.

Bradley Smith also said it had been important to test at Phillip Island because of the different character of the track. “It helped us to understand our complete package. As far as the electronics go, it’s important to have a good balance here because of the long corners and the hard drive areas. I’m generally pleased with the improvements. On days one and two the lap times were not what I expected, but by the end, I felt a lot more comfortable. I was pleased to do a +1.429 at the end of the session. That was 1.4 off, and about what we would expect. We’ll still work on the electronics, and the drive area because the acceleration phase is so important in MotoGP, and we’re always looking for a bit more.”

Fotos: Michelin, Repsol-Media, Suzuki-Racing, Ducati-Corse, Yamaha, KTM


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