Beim MotoGP-Test in Jerez, dem letzten in diesem Jahr nach Valencia, wurden am zweiten Tag (Dienstag) weniger Runden abgespult als am Montag, weil über Mittag Regen einsetzte. Etliche Teams liessen es gut sein und packten zusammen, weil sich neue oder weiterentwickelte Teile so nicht aussagekräftig beurteilen lassen. Die Gelegenheit, bei nasser Piste zu üben, wurde nur von Wenigen und den Rookies Binder, Lecuona und Alex Marquez wahrgenommen.
Marc Marquez gelang gleich im dritten Umlauf die Tagesbestzeit, damit landete er in der Combined-Zeitentabelle auf P2, nur Maverick Vinales war am Vortag noch einen Tick schneller. Für ungleich mehr Gesprächsstoff sorgte, dass der Weltmeister hernach verlautete, sich noch diese Woche an der rechten Schulter in Barcelona operieren zu lassen, auf die er mehrfach zuvor und am ersten Jerez-Testtag wieder gefallen war.
Gut unterwegs auch die Suzukis: Alex Rins erzielte die drittschnellste Rundenzeit, Joan Mir wenig dahinter auf Rang 5. Dazwischen reihte sich Fabio Quartararo mit der Petronas-Yamaha und neuer, stärkerer Motor-Ausbaustufe als Vierter ein. Die komplette Zeitenliste kann studieren, wer ganz nach unten scrollt. Nun also folgt die Winterpause, in der alle Hersteller ihre Test-Erkenntnisse auswerten und in die nächstjährigen Bikes einfliessen lassen. Die nächsten MotoGP-Tests sind dann für Anfang Februar 2020 terminiert, in Sepang/Malaysia.
Maverick Vinales: »I felt really good on the bike, riding in a good way. Yesterday I felt fantastic on all the laps. I end the 2019 season with a great feeling and a lot of motivation, and that keeps you going when preparing for the new season. Yamaha is working really hard, but we‘re still working on top speed. For sure in other areas we‘re quite strong, but we need to stay focused on improving our weaker areas for the next test in Sepang.«
Marc Marquez: »These two days were very positive for us, working with the 2020 items we have and trying to find the right direction. On the first day we tried a lot of things and then today we started with the best of what we found yesterday. Unfortunately, we only did 20 laps before the rain came. It wasn’t wet enough to properly test in the wet and it certainly wasn’t dry. Now it’s time for the staff in HRC Japan to analyse everything.«
»This winter I would have liked to have a nice holiday and enjoy a bit of quiet time after a great 2019 – but it is time to have surgery on the right shoulder. As everyone knows, last winter was very tough for me with the operation on the left shoulder, which was very, very damaged. I want to avoid the situation where my right shoulder is in this condition in the future, so I spoke a lot with the doctors to see what our options were. Before Motegi I had some issues with the shoulder and then after the crash in Malaysia I had a subluxation. Here at the test I had another subluxation after the crash, so we decided with the doctors that it was best to have the surgery to avoid the situation we had with the other shoulder. It will take more or less the same time and we will work in the same way to arrive at the Malaysia test as strong as possible.«
Alex Rins: »These two days have been really nice because we confirmed a lot of things and we’re satisfied with the new engine. I only managed to do two runs in the dry, but I was very happy with my pace, I bettered my lap time from yesterday. I did three or four laps in the early 38s, as well as a fast lap of 1:37.837, and it felt good. Now it’s time for the winter break, and to come back fresh in the new year.«
Joan Mir: »We weren’t able to do a lot of laps today because of the conditions, but we still managed to work on the electronics areas, and this was positive because we noticed the difference. I set a strong lap, even after being out on track for a while. Overall, after four days of testing – two here and two in Valencia – the feeling is very positive.«
Jack Miller: »Two very productive days even if today we could not lap much because of the rain. But I am very satisfied because I was able to try new solutions that we will find in Malaysia when I will have the 2020 version of the Desmosedici GP. I would like to say a big thank you to Ducati and Pramac Racing. It has been a satisfying season and since the Sepang tests we will be working to improve even further. Happy holidays to everyone.«
Valentino Rossi: »It was an important day because we had to work on making a comparison between the new and the old bike, so we had a good program, but unfortunately we did only ten laps on the dry, and after that we did some laps on the wet. But the feeling is positive, a lot better than yesterday. On the dry I was a lot faster. I improved my best lap time from the day before already after three laps, and today I was more competitive. After the rain we did some work on the new bike on the wet, and it wasn‘t so bad, but it was only half a day.«
Pol Espargaro: »We were not so lucky with the weather which mean we could not work as much as we wanted. Fortunately, we did some laps this morning when we felt quite good and we were just three tenths away from the top guy with ten laps on the tyre, which was important for consistency. Overall the pre-season has been very good. We did a lot and tested a lot of new stuff at Valencia and we have been fast. Now it’s time for the winter and after healing a little bit I will try to work harder than I did last year to try and come back in better shape. I’m already looking forward to trying the 2020 RC16 again in Malaysia.«
Franco Morbidelli: »We didn’t learn much today, because as soon as we had completed a shake-down in the morning it started to rain and we had to stop. We managed to complete some laps in the afternoon to check out how the engine was behaving in wet conditions, but that was the end of the day for us. I feel good with the prototype engine, which is a great start. There are areas where we can be better, but the direction that Yamaha has taken has been the right one. We need to improve in the braking areas, but that’s something we can concentrate on at the next test in Sepang.«
Andrea Iannone: »Unfortunately, we were a bit limited during these two days, both because of the weather and because I arrived in Jerez with a fever. In any case, we found some interesting things to work on over the winter in order to show up in Sepang stronger than before. The work done by Michelin on the new tyres also seemed to go very well. I’ll stay in contact with the Aprilia guys in Noale to follow development of the new bike. It will be important for me to be able to make a step forward next season.«
Aleix Espargaró: »The Jerez tests are more relevant than the Valencia tests because this is a more traditional and more indicative track. We continued working on the 2019 package with a few changes to the electronics, which is an area we are strengthening. Now the ball is in the Aprilia engineers’ court as they develop the 2020 prototype. The coming months will be crucial in achieving the objective of having the new bike on the track in Sepang.«
Fabio Quartararo : »We weren’t able to gain much from today, because just as I was getting ready to really start working on the bike it began to rain. I did my best lap time of the day but it was already starting to rain, and it turned out to be the only chance that I got. It’s disappointing that we couldn’t test as much as we wanted to, although I was also able to complete five laps in the wet to check how the engine worked in those conditions and it was positive. The track wasn’t wet all the way around for long so it wasn’t too helpful to keep riding and risk injury. We still need to work on the power delivery of the bike because it’s different from the current bike’s, but the pace I was setting yesterday was promising. Now I’ll enjoy the time off and come back fresh to try everything again in Malaysia.«
Brad Binder: »We decided to do a couple of laps when it was a little bit wet just to get the feeling of the new bike and that was really awesome. I’m glad I got a chance to experience that. It’s been difficult these last two tests. It hasn’t been easy to adapt to the new bike but I think I’ve got a lot to think about now in the off-season and hopefully we can try to make a step in Sepang. I think I just need to improve my riding; my feeling with the front a little bit and just being able to have confidence to put the bike where I want to, especially on the entry to corners. I think once I get that right the rest will fall into place.«
Alex Marquez: »The weather was like it was, which wasn’t perfect but in the morning we were able to make another step and improved our time on used tyres. This is good news for us. Like yesterday, when we put new tyres in it started to rain so this is still something we have to look at. We were able to try the bike a little bit in the wet and it felt good. I’m happy with this second day of testing even if there’s still a lot of work to do. I know what I need to do at home to be ready in Sepang.«
Iker Lecuona: »It was my first time in wet conditions and to be honest it was quite strange. I need more laps but finally I went quite fast. I liked the feeling, although I didn’t find the limit in every point. I’m happy, but not too much with some sectors. For next year, I know I need to work on my riding, on the brakes and picking up the bike but finally in the wet it all went quite well and in general, I’m very happy.«
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