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Jerez MotoGP Test – Zarco Flies and Honda Premieres New “Mustache” in its Fairings



End to the only day of the test held today in the Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto just 24 hours after Marc Márquez yesterday achieved victory in a rugged MotoGP race. On this occasion, the person in charge of leading the timesheets was Johann Zarco, who was very close to the absolute record established by Cal Crutchlow on pole last Saturday, stopping the clock at 1: 37.730 against the British 1: 37.653.

The rider of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 has focused on trying different settings for his appointment at home in Le Mans, which will take place in two weeks. On this occasion, Yamaha has not provided Zarco with new material to test in its M1 2017, a motorcycle that today is ahead of the two official YZR-M1 of Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi in the overall championship.

Precisely the two Iwata factory riders have today focused their workday on finding solutions to their traction problems in Jerez. Viñales has been fourth, 409 thousandths of Zarco, and has been able to shoot a tenth faster than his time in Saturday’s Q2. In the case of the Italian, his record of 1: 38.673 has been noticeably slower than his 38.2 of Q2, ending today to almost one second of the Yamaha 2017 of Zarco.

In the box of Iwata have focused primarily on the electronics of the M1 -Viñales already complained yesterday about this aspect-, in addition to putting on track a slightly more aerodynamic fairing to also explore this field in search of solutions for its pilots.

In Honda, Cal Crutchlow has been the best among the riders of the golden wing factory with a time of 1: 37.947, finishing the day second to two-tenths of Johann Zarco. The Briton, who went to the ground yesterday, has worked at the settings level to solve the problems of rear grip suffered on Sunday and forced him to overheat the front rubber, causing the fall in the race.

Behind, in the third position, appears Dani Pedrosa, who fortunately has not resented the fall he suffered on Sunday along with Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso. In fact, Dani was one of the most active riders on Monday with 75 laps, practically tracing his time from Q2 (1: 37.980 today) to finish third, despite starting the day “in pain and with a stiff right side. ”

Both Pedrosa and Márquez (5th in this test half a second from Zarco) have had the opportunity to try a new fairing in their respective RC213V that resembles the famous design of the ‘Mushtash’ that premiered Suzuki last year. In HRC they have also worked with the electronics of their bikes facing Le Mans.

Another box with a lot of work today has been the KTM, where Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith have had the opportunity to test the prototype of 2019 with which Mika Kallio played the race on Sunday. The Briton finished today 11th (+0.944) rolling three tenths below his time in Q1, followed by Espargaró (12th +0.954), both with very good feelings with this first version of the 2019 bike.

In addition to trying out new components and working on the settings of their bikes, the 16 MotoGP riders who have shot in Jerez today have also tested a new Michelin soft rear compound that will be available later this year. Ducati, Suzuki, and Aprilia were the big absentees in this one day of IRTA test held in Jerez.