Marc Marquez topped todays timesheets for the official MotoGP tests in Brno. The weather was a little brighter than yesterday before temperatures dropped significantly in the afternoon.
Jorge Lorenzo who just missed out on victory yesterday was again on the pace running at the front throughout before completing the day in 2nd position with his teammate Valentino Rossi in 5th. Yamaha decided to spend the majority of the test working on components of this years bike but had a prototype engine in their M1’s. They also brought along a prototype chassis but ran with the current fairing design.
Marquez’s teammate and winner of yesterdays race Dani Pedrosa concentrated his day on working with this years bike setup and a slightly revised 2015 bike that they also tested here in Brno after the German round of MotoGP.
Bradley Smith decided to concentrate much of the day on working with set up issues and examining his performance from yesterdays race. Smith had this to say about a positive test “I am really happy with the end results from today’s test as we have identified a few areas where we were struggling as well as undertaking some refinements which will help us at the beginning of the race. We now know what went wrong on Sunday, but we definitely have the pace to fight in the top five. So we mainly focused on this and I rode a lot of laps with full fuel loads. I did a low 56.4 at the end of the day with a full tank and brand new tyres like at the start of the race, which was really constructive. It was more of a case of amending at this test and not trying lots of new things and we have definitely found something with the rear shock setting to help with the full fuel load. Also, I explored a few tyre options and we know the direction to take there now. It was an information gathering day, so it’s onwards to Silverstone where I will use this new knowledge to get closer to the front and give British fans something to cheer about.”
His teammate Pol also concentrated on race issues but both Smith and Esparagaro finished the day in 6th and 8th place resepectively.
We also had a familiar face out on track today and MotoGP legend Loris Capirossi, who took to the track as Bridgestone Safety Advisor. The Italian got the opportunity to ride three bikes, of which were both NGM Forward bikes along with Karel Abrahams RCV1000R machine. Capirossi who retired over 2 years ago had this to say about his day “I really enjoyed it – it was like Christmas Day!” “It had been two years since I last rode a MotoGP bike. Today I jumped on again. They have made a big step with the bikes. I was nearly four seconds off the top pace, which is good after not riding for two years! The MotoGP riders are really lucky to be able to ride these kinds of bikes.”
In the Gresini Honda garage Scott Redding decided to work on a new front fork arrangment and a slighlty modified rear shock set up. There were also some new Nissin brakes on show, which were put to use on his open Honda machine. Teammate Bautista who has had a lacklustre season decided to work with suspension supplier Showa along with other compnents of his bike to try and eradicate issues with rear grip.
It was later confirmed Brembo had also brought along a standard aluminium caliper to test, which were put to use by Lorenzo and Rossi’s Yamaha team.
Next seasons preparations are well underway and teams collected invaluable data to help them develop their bikes further for both this and next season.