Jerez Combined Times: Crutchlow on top as test season ends

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

Pos No. Name Nation Overall BestTm
1 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR 01:39.5
2 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA 01:39.5
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA 01:39.5
4 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA 01:39.6
5 6 Stefan BRADL GER 01:40.0
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA 01:40.1
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA 01:40.3
8 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA 01:40.3
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA 01:40.4
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA 01:40.7
11 51 Michele PIRRO ITA 01:40.9
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA 01:41.0
13 38 Bradley SMITH GBR 01:41.1
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA 01:41.2
15 8 Hector BARBERA SPA 01:41.4
16 71 Claudio CORTI ITA 01:41.4
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA 01:41.5
18 11 Ben SPIES USA 01:41.7
19 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN 01:41.8
20 52 Lukas PESEK CZE 01:41.8
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE 01:41.9
22 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL 01:42.1
23 67 Bryan STARING AUS 01:42.1
24 5 Colin EDWARDS USA 01:42.2
25 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR 01:42.5
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