Marquez back on top at the end of Monday’s test, as late charge helps him beat Zarco and Pedrosa.
Here is a little round up of Monday’s MotoGP test in Brno, with each manufacturer looked separately.
At Repsol Honda team Marc Marquez had 4 Honda RC213V bikes to try, working on both current season and also 2019 season. It is thought that the main focus of the test was understanding what needs to be done so Honda can use softer front Michelin tyres like their opponents and not hard option, which is current preference. There was also some work done in terms of geometry and chassis on one of his other bikes. Marc also tried prototype of new Michelin medium front tyre, which featured different construction to the tyre riders tried at the test in Barcelona. His team mate Dani Pedrosa spent the day trying various different suspension and electronics settings, to improve the feeling he had with his RC213V in the race on Sunday. Both Repsol team mates posted 77 and 52 laps respectively, finishing in P1 and P3 respectively.
At LCR Honda Cal Crutchlow spent the day evaluating new front forks and small geometry change to give him different feeling in the braking area, finishing the day in P6 with 43 laps completed. At the other side of the garage, Takaaki Nakagami focused on improving settings of his Honda, trying to understand why he struggles during race weekends lately. Takaaki posted 18 laps, finishing the day in P14.
At MarcVDS Franco Morbidelli did 25 laps over the day, focusing on finding more stability under acceleration, finishin in P15. His team mate Tom Luthi did 37 laps, evaluating revised seating position and working on his riding style, ending the day in P18.
Valentino Rossi, who was sole Movistar Yamaha rider present at Brno test, since his team mate Maverick Vinales decided to rest due to shoulder pain as a result of Sunday’s first lap crash, spent the day working mainly on electronics while also trying new Yamaha aerodynamic fairing, doing 51 laps in the process and finishing the day in P7.
At Tech3 Johann Zarco used the test to try some new settings, further refining the setup of his Yamaha YZR-M1, finishing the test in P2 with 71 laps completed over the day. Team mate Hafizh Syahrin completed 65 laps, finishing the day in P10, while working on various front end settings to improve turning of the bike.
Factory Ducati pair of Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo decided to use testing day in Brno to try various different versions of their aerodynamic fairing, while Lorenzo also spent some laps on a frame Dovizioso was using since Assen race. Both completed 40 and 45 laps respectively, finishing the day in P4 and P5.
At Pramac Danilo Petrucci completed 30 laps, finishing the day in P8, while his team mate Jack Miller completed only 13 laps, before technical issue on his number 1 bike put the end to his day, as the team didn’t decide to run second bike, which contained brand new engine. He finished the day in P17.
Alex Rins spent the day in Brno trying the chassis test rider Sylvain Guintoli used whole race weekend, looking for improvements to eliminate some corner exit issues he had lately, while also trying some new electronics improvements, finishing the day in P9 with 62 laps done. His team mate Andrea Iannone used the day to find solutions for strong rear spinning that forced him to finish the race in lowly tenth position. He finished the day in P11, doing 26 laps and finishing the day early as crash left him with painful shoulder.
At Aprilia Aleix Espargaro, who is still recovering after injuries sustained at German GP in Sachsenring, did 26 laps before crash put an end to his day, trying new version of carbon swingarm Noale factory brought to the test, ending the day in P12. Team mate Scott Redding finished in P16 after doing 50 laps, evaluating new fuel tank and new seating unit during the day.
Sole KTM representative Bradley Smith did 70 laps over the day in Brno, finishing in P13 at the end, having done a lot of work as development never stops despite Austrian factory suffering some set backs lately.
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