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MotoGP Sepang (2) Test – Day 1 The Tire Pendulum Swings Yamaha — Ducati’s Future

02/26/2014 @ 10:49 pm, by Emmett 13 COMMENTS

If the first test threw up a few surprises, the day of the second test turned a bit a shocker. Anyone putting on Alvaro Bautista, Aleix and his brother Pol being the top 3 at the end of the first day very, very rich

Though all three had good to be further up front – Bautista has a new shock from Showa is a big step forward, Aleix has fast throughout, and Pol has the new seamless from Yamaha – their should not be seen as presaging a in MotoGP.

A dirty track, and riders not chasing times the trio a chance to shine, they seized with hands.

Things did not look at the start of the day. The track was in condition, still dirty a recent Ferrari test. The Lumpur region has had no rain for now, which usually to clean the track in between

The situation was so bad that the circuit to spray the track clean water, an offer which out not to be necessary. Having 23 bikes helped sweep the track well as the day progressed. By Thursday, the should be in much better

The unfavorable conditions meant different riders followed plans on Wednesday. Some for a time … at the end of the day, others preferred to focus on and development, leaving chasing a time until the last two of the track.

That turned out exceptionally for Alvaro Bautista, the Espargaro and even Andrea Dovizioso, worrying the championship contenders – Marc Marquez. the world missing as a result of the leg he broke in – who were mostly working on race pace.

Where did burst of speed come The GoFun Gresini man had received a new shock from Showa, was a major step forward. In with a different setup for the Bautista found real promising much.

Like all the riders – with the exception of Pedrosa, but more of that – Bautista benefited from the new rear tire. The stiffer makes the tire better to the style of the Hondas, improving degradation and warm up, but losing grip. The RC213V’s point-and-shoot is a good match for the new tire.

on the other hand, finds on the raw end of the tire situation. With two producing bikes which are so different in philosophy, changes to the spec-tire tend to create and losers.

Two years ago, it was who lost out when the new softer tire was introduced. This Yamaha is on the receiving end, as the rear construction has sacrificed grip, the holy grail for the M1.

Valentino Rossi summed the as pithily as usual. Teams and only find out exactly the impact of a particular change has decided on after it has already made, or, as Rossi put it, “when you are ****ed!”

Both Rossi and spent the day working on solutions for the of edge grip, but it was Jorge who was hit hardest. Lorenzo is the king of speed, and needs the edge to be able to maintain the lean for longer.

The Spaniard was also with the new electronics Yamaha had to assist with the clutchless This changes the behavior of the under braking, and in combination the new tire, leaves Lorenzo slower than he wants to be. was the bike worse?

Corner mid-corner and corner exit, said. In other words,

Lorenzo is hoping a switch to the 2013 electronics will cure some of the woes the is causing him. The question is, of how well the 2013 electronics are at the liter less fuel the 2014 bikes have at disposal. Things are not looking for the 2012 champion at the moment.

Rossi is a little happier the changes. The new clutchless downshifts the Italian advantages in braking, the one he was always strongest. Yamaha’s electronics package is working for Rossi, and giving him confidence.

The Bridgestone may be much worse for Rossi and Lorenzo, and Rossi may more with fuel the Italian is at least gaining in braking. This was what had him all last year, and improvements are what he seeks most of

Over at Repsol Honda, Pedrosa was none too pleased though for different reasons. The was suffering with jet lag, riding at MotoGP speeds a challenge.

But most of all, was struggling with a lack of a problem he faces at every where grip is low. tracks, such as Sepang week and Qatar last make it impossible for Pedrosa to rear grip, slowing him It is his one real weakness, and a consequence of his light weight.

If the factory riders were unhappy, the 3 men were far more cheerful. Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro had given the new seamless gearbox Yamaha, and both were of praise for the improvement.

Pol seized the with both hands, the M1 to 3rd, just behind his Aleix on the Open Yamaha, and close to his best time of the three-day test at Sepang. Pol was chasing lap times, Smith was on set up, running consistent mid 2’01s, to the pace of the veterans ahead of including Stefan Bradl and Rossi.

The big question over at was whether the Italian factory has to enter the Open class. or as Factory Option entries. the official deadline on Friday – European time, so a little the test has completed – Ducati have to make a decision in the two days.

All questions concerning their are being handily deflected by the – “you’ll have to ask someone Andrea Dovizioso said – but rider Michele Pirro was the spec software, while Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Iannone the work on the Factory Option-spec

Dovizioso didn’t do too badly, the day with the fourth quickest The Italian was one of the group of one-lap posting quick times at the end of the so how representative his time was is open to What was undeniably positive was the Ducati have found the bikes.

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Tweaks to the electronics and set up have given Dovizioso more confidence in braking, one of the issues the Desmosedici suffered The biggest issue still Dovizioso underlined, the chronic still present.

That will be with Ducati for a until Gigi Dall’Igna has more fully where the is coming from and how to fix it. Whether he he can fix the bike with or without modifications is the key to Ducati’s decision to go or stay as a Factory Option

The decision to go Open has already made, of course, though continue to deny it. Italian outlets disagree over the announcement will be made, saying it will be made on Friday, GPOne convinced the will come on March at Ducati’s official launch at HQ in Ingolstadt.

The other Open bikes to make good progress at First and foremost was Aleix as usual, the elder of the two brothers the Open Yamaha into slot by the end of the day.

There is no sign of the FTR chassis in the Forward further fueling rumors of issues between the Forward and FTR. despite the official from both sides.

If it is to any sense using it, the FTR chassis need to be tested before the started, meaning that the test would be the only for Aleix and Colin Edwards to it a try. We shall see what in two weeks’ time.

There happier faces in the Aspar Nicky Hayden greatly the gap to the front. Improvements under helped Hayden find a second, but the American continued to the lack of power the Honda has. More work on the is needed to help on corner but overall the feeling was positive.

At Scott Redding is having a tougher time. His issues are not but in braking, the young Englishman to get the bike stopped with the brakes. Redding has a test Brembo brakes and Ohlins written into his contract Gresini, and is pushing for that to take place sooner than later.

Given the found with Showa on Bautista’s machine, Redding may be with just a test of the brakes. That is his most problem, so that is what to be tackled first.

Help with the electronics for the class could come Ducati, once they their decision to switch. are free to contribute all their to Magneti Marelli, who should be to implement it fairly quickly, if so choose.

Dorna and IRTA not be opposed to this, as the software help all of the Open teams, obviously Ducati would an advantage, as they have data on the way the current algorithms

No collaboration or exchange of code has yet confirmed by either Ducati or Marelli, but given the fact the two factories are just a few miles in Bologna, it seems improbable the two simply ignore each

Photo: HRC

This article was published on MotoMatters. and is republished on Asphalt Rubber with permission by the

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