Felice Monteleone – FMPhotoSport MotoGP News
Brno (Czech Republic), 18th August 2014

 

Fresh from their second consecutive double podium yesterday in the Czech Moto Grand Prix, Movistar Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were back on track today. The two spent the day focused on testing both a 2015 prototype M1 motorcycle and also a 2015 M1 engine placed within the 2014 frame.

The result of the test was positive overall. Lorenzo was first to test the 2015 machine, and was quick to rise to the top of the time sheets where he remained for most of the day, finally ending in second place, just 0.155 seconds from the front.

Teammate Rossi spent a productive day testing various details and was able to ride the 2015 prototype at the end of the day. The Italian was unable to replicate the same lap times as his teammate as the track conditions had dropped form the morning and finished in fifth place 1.035 seconds from the top.

 

99 – Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo

We tried a few things for the bike for next year and it’s quite good in some aspects, negative in others but in general better. We also tested some factors for this year. The chassis for next year seems a little more stable which is good.”

 

46 – Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi

“The first prototype of the new engine is a small step but it is a little bit better. We also tried the prototype of the new bike. We improved some things, brake and entry is not so bad but in acceleration my feeling is that we lose a little bit. So we have something good and something bad. We have to do some more work but it was important to test today. We also tried some small details for the next races but not so important for the rest of the season. Now we have to take the data from myself and Jorge who was very fast in the morning when the conditions were a bit better.”

 

Massimo Meregalli

“Today was a very important test as we were able to evaluate the prototype 2015 machine for the first time. It’s been a very positive day overall, we have managed to get a lot of useful data from both Jorge and Vale which our engineers will now take back to make the next steps with. The team will now take a short rest and after two very intense back to back races be ready to challenge again at Silverstone in two weeks time.”

 

Step forward for 2015 machine in Brno post-race test as Marquez logs new record lap

Championship leader, Marc Marquez, and yesterday’s race winner, Dani Pedrosa, were back on track today in Brno for the post-race test.This was a chance for the Repsol Honda riders to confirm some modifications made on the 2015 prototype after the initial test at this track just over a month ago. Despite a brief afternoon shower, track conditions were noticeably better than during the July test –after the action from the weekend– and both riders reported positively on the RC213V evolution, especially the chassis, and set their fastest times of the day on the new machine.

Marc, who finished off the podium for the first time in his MotoGP career yesterday, was back on top today working on setups on his current 2014 bike this morning. This afternoon he concentrated on the 2015 machine and set the fastest time of the day –1’55.411 on lap 54 of 65– and a new lap record, 0.116 faster than Crutchlow’s 2013 pole position (1’55.527), and 0.174 faster than his own pole time from Saturday (1’55.585).

Dani worked on suspension settings and engine mappings on his 2014 RC213V in preparation for the remainder of the season. However, he also set his best time of 1’56.014 (lap 23 of 38) on the 2015 prototype, and finished 3rd fastest for the day. The next chance Marc and Dani will have to ride the 2015 RC213V will be in Valencia at the end of the year.

Now the team will head home for a week’s rest before returning for round twelve in Silverstone.

 

93 – Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez

“Today went very well and I am very happy, because we’ve erased the doubts that we had after yesterday’s race. We didn’t understand what had happened. We reached the conclusion that many factors combined yesterday, because today we were fast from the start and had a good pace with the same setup as yesterday. This morning we focused on work with this year’s bike, using some different setups, and I immediately felt very comfortable. Later we tried out the new bike again, which has great potential, and we set a good time with it. The best thing is that the pace we had today was back to that which we had over the entire weekend –except for Sunday.”

 

26 – Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa
Dani Pedrosa

“We used today to try different setups, using the data gathered during the race yesterday here at Brno. Above all we focused on suspensions and on engine mapping, bearing in mind the races we have remaining this season. We also tested next year’s bike, which has a few updates compared to the last time we rode it here in July. After the first test we made a few changes; some worked out positively and others didn’t, but we were able to take a further step forward with its development and the next time we will test it will be at Valencia.”

 

TEST-RESULT

 

Felice Monteleone – FMPhotoSport MotoGP News

Brno (Czech Republic), 18th August 2014

 

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