News 13 Jun 2017

Marquez fastest in Catalunya post-race MotoGP test

Miller 12th on the time-sheets on Monday in Spain.

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Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) topped the time-sheets by three tenths at the post-Catalan GP test, leaping ahead of Movistar Yamaha rider Maverick Viñales and Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Jonas Folger at the end of action in Spain.

Repsol Honda riders Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were both fast in P1 and fourth respectively, with the defending world champion moving to the top late on. The two Spaniards focused on settings, getting ready for the coming rounds.

Cal Crutchlow at LCR Honda worked on geometry, electronics and suspension to try and fix his problems encountered in the race with rear grip, ending the day sixth quickest after 60 laps despite a crash at turn 10. The Brit also tried a Repsol Honda liveried fairing for some laps.

At EG 0,0 Marc VDS Tito Rabat did 59 laps and was an impressive ninth as he worked on chassis set-up, with teammate Jack Miller in 12th after 52 laps and three tenths down on Rabat. Miller worked on the front suspension and on agility in preparation for Assen.

Movistar Yamaha had two new chassis to test, with Viñales trying one back-to-back and Valentino Rossi the other. Viñales’ did 81 laps – improving at the end – with Rossi in 10th after 71 laps. Viñales also tried a new fairing nearer the end of track action.

Johann Zarco left it until the middle of the day to head out, as Monster Yamaha Tech3 worked chiefly on suspension and setup. The Frenchman did 33 laps and ended the day seventh, with teammate Jonas Folger putting in a good number more on 42 laps completed. The German was third fastest overall and he tried a new chassis, but will stay with the one used until now.

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini focused on the front. For Sam Lowes the aim was to improve confidence when braking, for Aleix Espargaro it was to work on maximising one his strongest points on the bike. Espargaro also tried a new exhaust for a few laps and ended the day in an impressive fifth after 48 laps.

Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) did 28 laps and then called it a day before the end of the session, feeling some pain in his shoulder. He ended the day in 11th, with teammate Scott Redding finishing up in eighth after 59 laps.

Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was back in action following injury and focused on re-adaptation, with teammate Andrea Iannone working on settings. Sylvain Guintoli, who replaced Rins when the Spaniard was injured, was also on track for the Hamamatsu factory.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing spent their day evaluating their chassis compared to the previous version, and working on improving the turning of the bike. Pol Espargaro was P13 after 75 laps and joined on track by test rider Mika Kallio, as Bradley Smith recovers from an injury to his finger.

Some teams remain for private testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya this week, before the engines fire up for Assen.