Following this past Sunday’s exciting Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, the MotoGP teams focused their efforts on a one-day test at the popular Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya track in Spain. Both the race-winning Repsol Honda team and podium-finishing Movistar Yamaha team took part in the event in preparation for the next round of the Motorcycle World Championships at the Iveco Daily TT Assen in the Netherlands.
According to Repsol Honda, Catalunya MotoGP winner Marc Marquez focused on honing electronics, and trying out new suspension components and tires. No surprise that the reigning World Champion Marquez had set the test’s fastest time of 1:41.184 by the end of the day.
"Today we carried out a lot of testing,” said Marquez. “From the electronics, to the bike setup, to a bit of suspension work. I have to say, I felt very comfortable even more so than during the Grand Prix weekend… Now we have to get ready for the next race in Assen."
Meanwhile, Marquez’s Repsol Honda teammate and the weekend’s third-place finisher Dani Pedrosa also targeted electronics, suspensions settings and the review of a new tire for potential upcoming use.
"Today we tested two different front forks and we also worked on the electronics setup and on a new front tire compound,” said Pedrosa. “The tire gave us good results and could be positive for us at some rounds this year, in conditions similar to yesterday's Grand Prix, as it’s not too soft, nor too hard.”
Movistar Yamaha teammates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo also turned their fair share of laps at the Catalunya test, focusing largely on putting a new exhaust system through its paces and checking out the engine they may use in 2015.
“We had some interesting stuff to try,” said Rossi, who finished second on Sunday. “Some different exhausts for during the season and also we worked for next season… It was ok, I felt good with the bike and we found something new. Now we have to continue like this.”
Movistar Yamaha teammate Lorenzo also had a successful test after finishing fourth at this weekend’s race. Said Lorenzo: “I expected to stay more tired because we had three days of riding, but I didn’t feel it today and I was able to make a lot of runs of more than six laps.
“We’ve tried some things to make the bike more stable on the throttle and to pick up the bike a little earlier we were able to improve it and make quite big steps so I’m happy as it’s not so easy to find some really important things in a test,” he added.
Going into the Assen MotoGP, scheduled for Saturday, June 28, Marquez leads the championship points standings, with Rossi in second and Pedrosa in third.Tags: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Dani Pedrosa, Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, Motorsports, Movistar Yamaha, Netherlands, Repsol Honda, Valentino Rossi