|Crutchlow topped the time sheets of the final test
Photo: Tech 3 Racing
Britain’s Cal Crutchlow put in a time towards the end of the third and final day of MotoGP testing at Jerez not just fast enough to be the quickest time of the day but also (albeit only by several thousandths) the quickest time of the entire 3 day test at Jerez.
Despite forecasts predicting the final day at Jerez to be the driest, the MotoGP paddock awoke to find yet more rain at the Spanish circuit. Riders such as Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, content he’d done enough in the wet went home, however as the day went on and the sun came out a dry line appeared and riders could eventually venture out on slicks to put in some much awaited dry laps. Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi continued to show he’s on form posting the second fastest time of the day although the doctor’s fastest lap of Day 3 was a couple of tenths slower than his fastest overall time posted when he topped the time sheets on Day 2 and securing him second on the combined time sheet. World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo’s time from Sunday also put him within thousandths of the Brit and new-old Italian team-mate Rossi.
Stefan Bradl rewarded his LCR team with the third fastest time on the final day despite a crash on Sunday afternoon, the German who placed 5th overall in the test was the second Honda, as Spaniard Marc Marquez struggled getting to grips with Jerez on a MotoGP bike. He finished Day 3 in 5th place with a time only good enough for 6th on the timesheets – perhaps a shock considering how fast he’s been out of the box so far.
Ducati will be pleased to have finished with two of their four riders within a second of Crutchlow’s fastest lap. On day 3, Iannone, Hayden and Dovizioso placed 6-8th, however were jiggled about in the overall standings to 7-9 in the order of Dovizioso, Iannone and Hayden. With Ducati looking it’s best in a long while, things aren’t looking too great for the fourth Ducati rider Ben Spies, who finished the test in 18th over 2 seconds off the pace.
Power Electronics Aspar riders continue their domination of the CRT class, with de Puniet on top despite suffering burns after crashing. The Frenchman taking 12th place ahead of Britain’s Bradley Smith. Britain’s Michael Laverty is at the rear of the pack, however an important thing to note is the Irishman as the slowest CRT is only 2.9 seconds from the front, over a second closer than the slowest CRT was at the start of last season.
The MotoGP season begins in Qatar in 2 weeks time. Times below.
COMBINED TIMES JEREZ TEST
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