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Phillip Island MotoGP test times - Monday (Final)

Lap times for day one of the final pre-season MotoGP test for the official Honda, Yamaha and Ducati teams.
The official Honda, Yamaha and Ducati MotoGP teams began their final pre-season test at Phillip Island on Monday.

The special test has been arranged to avoid a repeat of last October's Australian Grand Prix tyre problems for the MotoGP and Moto2 classes.

Caught out by the new high-grip asphalt, a compulsory mid-race bike swap was required for MotoGP (Bridgestone tyres), while the Moto2 race (Dunlop tyres) was significantly shortened.

Fresh from their announcement to run under Open class regulations for 2014, Ducati Team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow are present, alongside Yamaha Factory Racing's Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, plus Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa.

Pedrosa's team-mate and reigning world champion Marc Marquez is missing a second test due to the broken leg suffered in a dirt track training accident.

The Marc VDS and Mapfre Aspar teams are in attendance for Moto2.

Testing began at 9:30am and finished at 5:30pm, with a brief red flag period following an accident for Mika Kallio, who was sent for a precautionary X-ray on his left wrist.

Lorenzo, who struggled badly with the revised 2014 Sepang tyres last week, was quickest for much of the day - setting his best lap in the closing stages. Rossi briefly moved up to a late second place, before Crutchlow reclaimed the position. Team-mate Dovizioso was last of the riders to start testing, but still completed 60 laps.

Bridgestone stated: "It's important to note that lap times today aren't indicative of outright pace, the riders used different test tyres at different stages."

Bridgestone has brought two 2013 specification rear tyres and six new experimental tyres with changes to construction, compound and shape.

Testing continues on Tuesday and concludes on Wednesday evening. Bridgestone has requested longer runs of 15 laps or more over the next two days, to gather sufficient information.

The MotoGP teams not testing in Australia will hold their final pre-season outing at Qatar from March 7-9. The final Moto2 test will be at Jerez from March 11-13.

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1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 29.213s [68 laps / 327.3km/h top speed]
2. Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 29.576s | +0.363s [68 / 333.3]
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 29.730s | +0.517s [85 / 330.3]
4. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 29.961s | +0.748s [88 / 327.3]
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 29.965s | +0.752s [60 / 334.4]
6. Esteve Rabat ESP Marc VDS Racing (Kalex) 1m 32.316s | +3.103s [100 / 274.8]
7. Nico Terol ESP Mapfre Aspar Team (Suter) 1m 33.290s | +4.077s [82 / 274.8]
8. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing (Kalex) 1m 33.440s | +4.227s [62 / 273.4]
9. Jordi Torres ESP Mapfre Aspar Team (Suter) 1m 34.000s | +4.787s [56 / 268.7]

Blue = Factory class - Control ECU hardware, but unique manufacturer software.
20 litres of race fuel, five engine changes for the season. All engines must be identical throughout the year, within the same team (development freeze).
Red = Open class - Full control ECU system, hardware and software.
24 litres of race fuel, twelve engine changes for the season. No engine development freeze, plus a softer rear tyre allocation relative to the Factory class.
Black = Moto2 class.


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Official Phillip Island MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha 1m 27.899s (2013)
Fastest race lap:
Marc Marquez ESP Honda 1m 28.108s (2013)
Fastest 2013 race laps by other manufacturers:
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha 1m 28.315s
Nicky Hayden USA Ducati 1m 29.664s

Official Phillip Island Moto2 records:
Best lap:
Pol Espargaro ESP Kalex 1m 32.530s (2013)
Fastest race lap:
Alex de Angelis RSM Speed Up 1m 32.814s (2013)


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LLarry

March 03, 2014 10:53 AM

No it isn't. In all the various reports in the last few weeks all the Ducati riders have stated that the factory software is superior to the 'open' software. In particular the wheelie control in the open software is set at a single setting whereas the factory software varies the level of control (and other aspects of the engine management) at different parts of the circuit. Ducati has gone open purely so they can continue to develop the engine / bike throughout the season rather than being 'fixed' to what they start the season with. This more than out-weighs the disadvantage of the open software from their perspective.



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