Felice Monteleone – FMPhotoSport MotoGP News
Catalunya Official Test – Monday June 15th 2015
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Dominates Catalunya
MotoGP™ riders stayed after the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya to conduct an official post-race test, but were limited by rain.
Many riders and teams had their testing schedules dramatically altered as a heavy rain shower at midday forced riders into the pits. Those learning a new bike this season took the opportunity to test in the wet, while some of the more experienced riders ended the day early.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith set a 1’42.018 to lead the test overall. Smith had no specific new parts to test; instead focusing on improving his overall setting on the bike as he looks to close the gap to the factory riders. Teammate Pol Espargaro ended eighth, 0.655s behind.
The post-race test was another strong performance from both Team Suzuki Ecstar riders, Maverick Viñales finishing in second with Aleix Espargaro just 0.058s behind his rookie teammate. Electronics were also the focus of the test for Suzuki, although neither riders went out after the rain.
After a mixed weekend the Repsol Honda Team were eager to test a revision to their electronics package before the approaching software freeze. The team had also brought their 2014 chassis to run alongside their current one in order to conduct a back-to-back comparison but did not manage to do so. Despite this Marc Marquez finished in fourth with Dani Pedrosa in sixth.
Before the rain Yonny Hernandez (Octo Pramac Racing) ended the test in fifth having set a 1’42.332 as he tested new brake components.
Cal Crutchlow (CWM LCR Honda) went out on track early to put in a race simulation, wanting to fully understand his potential pace from Sunday’s race where he was unable to finish after having contact with another rider. The Brit ended the test in tenth with a 1’42.857.
Scott Redding (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) finished the test in 12th, but completed 39 laps, the most of any rider.
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team did not go out on track after their domination of the Catalan GP on Sunday, instead heading to test at Aragon on Tuesday. Monster Yamaha Tech 3 remained in the pits after the rain.
Jack Miller (CWM LCR Honda) and Mike De Meglio (Avintia Racing) both ventured out to gain more wet weather MotoGP™ experience. Miller had planned to further explore the electronic package of his Open Honda bike.
Eugene Laverty and Nicky Hayden of the Aspar MotoGP Team worked hard throughout the day. The pair continuing to test a new swing arm for the Open Honda machine, Hayden especially eager to get more time on the bike after two DNFs. The American completed 23 laps and was 11th fastest while Laverty was 17th with a 1’44.517 before the rain came.