Following yesterday’s double podium finish, Championship leader Marc Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa were back on track today for a one-day official post-race test.

The Repsol Honda duo carried out similar testing programs, including electronics settings to improve the power delivery on corner exits, a new chassis and a new exhaust. Marc found some positives points and gathered ample data that he thinks the HRC engineers will be able to build on in the next races. Dani had already tried the new chassis and had raced on it yesterday, and today he continued to carry out some comparison tests.

Both riders suffered small crashes, Dani in turn 2 around 1:30 p.m., Marc later in the afternoon at turn 5. Neither incident involved consequences for the riders, but they were prevented from completing all of the planned tests with the Michelin new rear tyres.

Marc set the eighth-quickest time in 1’45.029 on lap 42 of 77. Dani finished the day 10th with a time of 1’45.379 on lap 21 of 39.

Marc Marquez

1’45.029 77 laps

“Today I tried out a lot of things, including a chassis and some electronics solutions, and overall, we’ve taken a small step forward today. You always gather a lot of information in a test, which can help you to move forward in the future. With what we’ve learned today, Honda will be able to make their analysis and apply it to the new chassis. The chassis that I tested today was better in some parts of the track, but in others it isn’t entirely suited to my style, so we have to continue working. We have two races coming up at tracks where I’ve always felt very comfortable, so I’m optimistic with that in mind. There are also two weeks between each of them, giving us time to seek further improvements.”

Dani Pedrosa

1'45.379 39 laps

“We tested various things today, especially with the chassis and a few setups for the electronics and engine to improve our corner exits. Some things we tested worked well and others weren’t yet as good as expected but they gave us more ideas because anyway we’ve found a few positives. We’ll try to keep working with the future in mind; first of all we’re looking at the short term, which is the next race at Assen. There, we’ll try to use some of the feedbacks that we took from today’s test, to see if they work at that track and the coming circuits. Unfortunately I had a crash at midday that meant I could only continue testing with one bike, and I wasn’t able to do many more laps”.

MotoGP 2016
Testing Round 7   Catalunya

Results Session

Sunny
Humidity
42%
Track Temp
39°C
Air Temp
24°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'43.963
2 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'44.202
3 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'44.310
4 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'44.390
5 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'44.717
6 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'44.889
7 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'44.968
8 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'45.029
9 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1'45.328
10 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'45.379
11 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'45.454
12 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'45.670
13 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'45.835
14 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aspar Team Ducati 1'46.338
15 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1'46.515
16 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'46.524
17 Miller Jack 43 AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'47.005
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'47.481
Location Information

In 1989, through the joint collaboration of the Catalan Autonomous Government, the Montmeló Town Council and the Royal Automobile Club of Catalunya (RACC), work began on giving one of Europe’s most beautiful cities a state of the art race track to match. The Circuit de Catalunya opened on the doorstep… read more.

Length 4.655 kilometres / 2.890 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 1.047 kilometres / 0.651 miles
Constructed 1991
Modified 1995

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló, Catalunya, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.circuitcat.com

Records

Pole Position 1m43.589s (Marc Marquez - Honda 2016)
Race Lap 1m45.969s (Jonas Folger - Yamaha 2017)
Race Time 44m37.589s (Valentino Rossi - Yamaha 2016)
2017 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)