Valencia test: the point of the situationMotoGP | Suzuki | Yamaha | Honda | Valentino Rossi | Andrea Dovizioso | Daniel Pedrosa | Rossi | Vinales | Zarco | Championship | Espargaro | Ducati | Dovizioso | Lorenzo | Pedrosa | Marquez | Honda Repsol | Yamaha Movistar | Aprilia | Team Suzuki Ecstar | Iannone | Rins | Redding | Scott Redding | Ducati Team | MotoGp 2017 | MotoGP 2018 | Jorge Lorenzo | Maverick Vinales | Johann Zarco | Aprilia Racing Team Gresini | Álex Rins | Andrea Iannone | Marc Márquez
The two days of testing on the Valencian track by Ricardo Tormo ended with the dominance (again) of Marquez and his Honda. The new world champion has detached the time of 1:30 and 033 seconds that in the combo puts him at the top of the category. It is interesting to note that the Repsol Honda Team and both drivers used a hybrid with chassis, exhaust and engine in configuration 2018. Pedrosa himself (fourth with the times of the first and second day) tested a new fairing in anticipation of developments for the new season. In general, the two Spaniards did not make any positive or negative judgments about the bike used in the tests; This is the first test session to develop the RC213V for 2018, so it is plausible that this is an interlocutor phase and testing of individual details.
Those who have a lot to work with are the Yamaha and the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP. Both Rossi and Vinales have tried everything and the opposite of everything: modified swimsuits with larger wings, 2017 and 2018 engines on chassis 2016, 2017, and on a unit used in the last Gran Premi which in fact was the version on which to base development for 2018: the result? Catastrophic! The chaos is evident with Rossi confirming the goodness of the chassis 2016 at the expense of 2017 and the 2018 pre-2018, Vinales, who is better off with the 2017 version (but on the second day of testing it again highlighted confusion in Spanish) and Zarca tried the official M1 and declared that although he did not go stronger than his Yamaha 2016, he confirmed his high potential. The only certainty in Yamaha's home (apart from the new engine) is that there are no certainties and that, first of all, you have to decide which driver to follow more than others to organize the M1 design and development work for 2018, bearing in mind that the biggest handicap of last season was the impossibility of using the tires until the end of the races.
In Ducati's home, pilots used tests to perform comparative tests to define some of the specifications of the Desmosedici GP18, whose debut is scheduled for the first 2018 tests scheduled in Sepang from 28 to 30 January. "We have been doing well these two days to try out various details and useful solutions for the 2018 motion definition," said Dovizioso. "We were able to conclude all the program that was decided along with our engineers and test the new Öhlins 2018 forks. Now we Expects the latest test of the year in Jerez next week, where we will work to define the latest details of the new bike before the winter break. " Of the same tenet Lorenzo's statements: "In these tests we did not feel big news, but we have collected very useful information for next year's bike development. I found it particularly good, I improved my performance on the bike by changing some things in my way of driving it and I shot with good times. But we still have to work to find the tenths we still miss on some slopes. We also tried the new Öhlins forks, but we know that the most important novelties will only come to Sepang for the first 2018 test. " In fact it is known that Ducati has brought some swords and a new chassis on which to base the work for 2018 and of which both Lorenzo and Dovizioso are relatively satisfied.
Aprilia and the Aprilia Racing Team Team Gresini worked in two directions: 2018 RS-GP development schedules and the new Redding commitment. Different weight distribution and a new geometry have satisfied Espargaro: "In these tests, we have not tried many new components but more than the changes in the geometry of motion and weight distribution. These are ideas that we want to introduce on the 2018 bike and we need to confirm it to understand the direction I can say to myself satisfied after a difficult weekend we have proved to be fast.We will now be important Jerez tests, a different track where we will continue our 2018 work. What will arrive in 2018 will not be a revolutionary motion but driving and ergonomics will change, so it's crucial to take the right path. " Redding, on the other hand, is struggling more than expected to adapt to the new bike: "There have been two interesting days. There is so much to do to adapt the RS-GP to my features, starting with size. we are collecting will be going to influence the bike 2018, for now my goal is to get acquainted with the nature of the bike that is definitely different from what I was used to. Aleix is doing a great job and demonstrates the potential of Aprilia, I'm confident because I I feel part of the project The team welcomed me in a wonderful way, I like their work method and I tried to give them the best possible feedback. Valencia is not my favorite track and after a race weekend it's not easy to jump on a new bike, so we worked without looking for time-attack. "
Team Suzuki Ecstar went down the track with Rins and Iannone only in the second day, trying evolutions of both the chassis and the engine showing a refinement work on evolution and not revolution: "Tuesday I was not in a position to turn because I was bad "Iannone said." Now I feel better, and although he has not done a lot of laps, we've already figured out some things and this is a good starting point for the next test in Jerez. "Suzuki worked hard to provide the new engine specifications and the new chassis, we are working step by step with the introduction of one thing after another, and Sepang will have a more complete package. even in Suzuki. In the box we have a good environment and this helps me a lot with the work on the GSX-RR. " Similar health problems for Rins who skipped, like her team mate, on the first test day: "I still do not feel 100%, so we only did the most important things. We had a new specification for the engine and a new chassis, and we both tested them, trying to get an idea. The goal is to evaluate the individual improvements and then put them all together for Sepang. Since the feeling was positive, I can not wait to go to Jerez , feel better and start working 100%. "