Jorge Lorenzo has topped a rain hit first day of MotoGP testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain, however the results mean little as the riders wait for dry weather.
Despite the adverse weather Lorenzo managed to achieve 39 laps whilst working on the wet set up of his YZR-M1, achieving a competitive set up fairly quickly.
The factory Yamaha team also used the Jerez test to unveil their racing livery for the 2013 season but it would be a disappointing first day of action in MotoGP with black clouds, heavy rains and a waterlogged track hampering testing efforts.
Returning former world champion Valentino Rossi returned his familiar number 46 to the Yamaha M1, and was immediately happy with the result.
Rossi has been quoted as saying the culture of the Yamaha team is much better suited to making progress and resolving problems, as the Japanese team welcomes rider input and considers it a good opportunity to improve performance if a rider has negative feedback.
Rossi said this wasn’t the case at Ducati, where he felt rider input wasn’t trusted and that the engineers were quick to deny any faults.
Meanwhile, Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis has hinted that the company will supply engines to privateer teams from 2014, as Dorna prepare to announce new technical rules. At this point in time, Dorna is considering allowing teams to have the choice between developing their own electronics package or adopting a control ECU. To continue with their own electronics, manufacturers must produce a ‘customer’ spec bike or at least make engines available to private efforts. Rival Honda looks set to announce a full privateer racing bike package to become available.
Aussie Bryan Staring continued to adjust to the MotoGP CRT class at the Jerez test, trying to put together a wet weather set up.
Like the other riders, Staring only completed a handful of laps, postponing the full testing program until the following day.
Full Results – Jerez MotoGP test – Day One, 26th March 2013
1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing 1’47.423
2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1’48.474
3. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1’48.524
4. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Pramac Racing Team 1’48.984
5. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ducati Test Team 1’49.292
6. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing 1’49.443
7. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team 1’49.643
8. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 1’49.692
9. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda MotoGP 1’49.790
10. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 1’50.266
11. Ben Spies (USA) Pramac Racing Team 1’50.957
12. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Paul Bird Motorsport 1’51.269
13. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 1’51.277
14. Karel Abraham (CZE) Cardion AB Motoracing 1’51.333
15. Claudio Corti (ITA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1’52.034
16. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 1’52.047
17. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project 1’52.180
18. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Blusens 1’52.291
19. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Avintia Blusens 1’52.676
20. Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1’53.992
21. Bryan Staring (AUS) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 1’56.119
22. Lukas Pesek (CZE) Came IodaRacing Project 1’56.413
23. Michael Laverty (GBR) Paul Bird Motorsport 1’56.931