In-form Lorenzo tops MotoGP Jerez test

Jorge Lorenzo guided his Yamaha to the top of the Jerez test time sheets

Jorge Lorenzo guided his Yamaha to the top of the Jerez test time sheets

Jorge Lorenzo continued his impressive form at Jerez by topping the official test held less than 24 hours after his devastating Spanish Grand Prix triumph.

The former double world champion set a session best of 1:38.516s to head a Yamaha one-two at the venue with Lorenzo pipping championship leader and team-mate Valentino Rossi by 0.042s.

Yamaha ran its machines without any new updates with both Lorenzo and Rossi focussing on bike set up during lengthy runs of 52 and 66 laps respectively.

LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow replicated his pace in Sunday’s race by finishing the session in third just 0.3s adrift of the leading Yamaha bikes.

The Brit tested new suspension parts on his Honda while the team also worked on a new electronics package

Suzuki appeared to have made up some ground as they continued to work on a chatter issue with Aleix Espargaro fourth and Maverick Vinales ninth.

Reigning world champion Marc Marquez completed only four laps as Honda as he tried a new swingarm on the Honda.

The Spaniard, riding with a broken finger, was fifth fastest just 0.4s off the pace.

Stand in team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama was a lowly 19th having recorded 60 laps aboard the Honda RC213V.

Australia’s Jack Miller continued his progress on the open class LCR Honda to finish 17th fastest having racked up 64 laps.

His best of 1:40.248s was half a second quicker than his best race lap.

“I’m reasonably happy with today, there’s always a lot of work to do during testing,” said Miller.

“We’ve come up with a decent set-up, one with which we could ride consistently at our fastest lap time of the weekend. That’s a real bonus because as well as the team learning a lot, I also did.

“We can think of this test as being positive and we will take a lot from it. I now feel a lot more ready to travel to Le Mans than if we had just packed up and left after Sunday’s race.

“It’s definitely been a good test all round.”

Result: MotoGP Official Test, Jerez

Position Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:38.508s 52
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:38.550s +0.042s 66
3 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1:38.814s +0.306s 64
4 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1:38.890s +0.382s 63
5 Marc Marquez Honda 1:38.968s +0.460s 31
6 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1:39.339s +0.831s 41
7 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1:39.357s +0.849s 56
8 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1:39.370s +0.862s 105
9 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1:39.475s +0.967s 79
10 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1:39.654s +1.146s 45
11 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini 1:39.766s +1.258s 53
12 Stefan Bradl Forward Racing Yamaha 1:39.887s +1.379s 52
13 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1:39.892s +1.384s 60
14 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1:39.909s +1.401s 73
15 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1:40.101s +1.593s 73
16 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha 1:40.186s +1.678s 59
17 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1:40.248s +1.740s 64
18 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing 1:40.260s +1.752s 52
19 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1:40.342s +1.834s 60
20 Karel Abraham AB Motoracing Honda 1:40.654s +2.146s 63
21 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Raving Ducati 1:41.085s +2.577s 62
22 Marco Melandri Aprilia Gresini 1:41.825s 3.317s 19

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