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2013 Spain GP (Jerez): MotoGP Practice Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on May 04, 2013 - 07:43 AM
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2013 Spain GP (Jerez): MotoGP Practice Recap


Back on home soil, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo was in World Champion form as he led proceedings on day one in Jerez at the Gran Premio bwin de España ahead of Repsol Honda Team compatriot Dani Pedrosa and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow.

There was off-track drama in the second session of the day as a power cut resulted in the session starting seven minutes late. However once it did get underway, with ambient temperatures in the high twenties and a track temperature of 49 degrees Celsius, Lorenzo reduced his morning lap time by two tenths of a second to post a best of 1’39.562. Pedrosa was one of only two riders in the top ten to have recorded his fastest time in the significantly-cooler morning practice, whilst Crutchlow put in yet another good display on his satellite M1 to go third in the warmer afternoon.

Whilst his Yamaha counterparts stuck with the hard option front and softer option rear tyre, factory rider Valentino Rossi, fourth quickest, also tried the harder option rear, however citing that it lacked enough edge grip. Repsol’s championship leader and last-race winner Marc Marquez could not quite reach the heights of Austin, however put in a solid ride for fifth, ahead of GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, who was struggling with issues with the rear of his bike.

 

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Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone was impressive on the Desmosedici as he finished the overall standing’s in seventh, ahead of factory Ducati Team rider Nicky Hayden in eighth. Hayden however was the other rider to set his fastest time in the morning, citing that he did not progress as expected in the afternoon. In ninth place, it was someone else’s turn to occupy top CRT spot, as Avintia Blusens’ Hector Barbera edged out Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro into tenth.

Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham fought through the pain of a broken right collarbone after his qualifying crash in Texas, whilst Ignite Pramac Racing’s Ben Spies has not travelled to Jerez as he recovers from the trapped nerve, which caused severe discomfort at the last round.

In the afternoon session, both PBM’s Yonny Hernandez LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl suffered crashes, whereas Danilo Petrucci was presented with no option but to stop his Came IodaRacing Project machine as thick smoke and flames came from the exhaust. Ending the day 13th quickest, Ducati Team test rider Michele Pirro debuted the "development" Desmosedici, featuring a new frame and revised engine, as he competes as a wildcard for the first time in 2013.

Moto2

Tuenti HP 40’s Esteve Rabat took his Texas pace through to the first day of Moto2™ Free Practice at the Gran Premio bwin de España as he topped the timesheets on day one in front of Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding and Pons teammate Pol Espargaro.

Unlike in other classes, the top three of the Moto2™ class set their quickest times in the morning session, during which Espargaro managed to save a near crash. Yet it was his teammate Rabat who starred again, as he made the most of the Dunlop tyres. Redding will hope he can carry his pace through to race day, whilst Espargaro commented that he is looking for significantly more grip.

Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami came strong in the afternoon as he put his bike fourth in the overall timesheets, ahead of Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Jordi Torres and Blusens Avintia’s Toni Elias - both Spaniards setting their quick times in the morning.

The following trio was led by Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi, returning from injury, as the Swiss rider set the seventh quickest time in the afternoon, ahead of Technomag carXpert’s compatriot Dominique Aegerter and Aspar’s Nico Terol. Nakagami’s teammate Julian Simon rounded out the top ten with a time set in the morning.

Tech 3 Racing’s Louis Rossi, JiR Moto2’s Mike Di Meglio, as well as TSR Motorsport’s wildcard Dani Rivas all suffered falls throughout the day.

Moto3

Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger topped the timesheets as Moto3™ practice kicked off in Jerez today for the Gran Premio bwin de España, ahead of Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins and Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales.

The majority of riders in the top ten set their times in the afternoon with near-ideal conditions as the 34-rider field lapped the Andalucian circuit. That number will increase to 35 tomorrow, as Redox RW Racing GP’s Jakub Kornfeil returns after completing compulsory exams today. Indoors, things were slightly more chaotic as a power cut forced teams to resort to their grid tyre warmers, as the mains electricity supply was limited due to power problems.

Second this morning, Folger moved ahead in the afternoon courtesy of a best effort of 1’47.660. Rins was second, but pulled off the track with a technical problem in the final minute. As Viñales returned to Jerez for the first time since his pre-season testing accident, Red Bull KTM Ajo pairing of Luis Salom and Zulfahmi Khairuddin headed Ambrogio Racing’s Brad Binder.

GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Niccolo Antonelli had a good day as his time from the morning left him in front of Mahindra Racing’s Efren Vazquez, last Jerez-race winner Romano Fenati on his San Carlo Team Italia bike, a well as Avant Tecno’s Niklas Ajo.

RW Racing GP’s Jasper Iwema suffered a slide off track in the afternoon in the final turn, but was able to return to the pits.

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