Espargaro with significant improvement on last day of testing, Barbera back out on track
The private three-day test at the Circuito de Jerez concluded on Wednesday, with Randy De Puniet and Aleix Espargaró the fastest CRTs in the field on their Power Electronics Aspar bike. The Test also saw James Ellison and Danilo Petrucci wrapping up the first test on their respective machines.
Power Electronics Aspar riders De Puniet and Espargaró were the CRT pace men on the third and final day of private MotoGP™ testing , the Frenchman recording the best lap of 1’40.3. De Puniet’s time was three tenths off of the time set by the satellite GP12 of Héctor Barberá (Pramac Racing Team), who was in attendance for the last day of the test.
Espargaró managed to lap within eight tenths of the top time set by his team-mate, declaring he didn’t expect such a large improvement (1.5s) from day one. The Spaniard told motogp.com that additional room for improvement still remains with the bike’s set-up when using the hard compound Bridgestones, and that he was very satisfied with his final results of the three days.
Héctor Barberá concluded his one day test aboard the satellite GP12, the same test Ducati that caught fire as well as suffering significant additional damage to the front end and chassis in Karel Abraham’s (Cardion AB Motoracing) crash yesterday. The Ducati technicians worked through the night and presented the Desmosedici to the Spaniard, who was then able to post a best time of 1’40.0 on the repaired machine.
The teams and riders now have one week to work with the data gathered before the next private test session on the 8th and 9th of March at Aragón.
Unofficial lap times Wednesday (recorded by teams):
– Héctor Barberá, Ducati 1’40.0
1. Randy De Puniet, ART 1’40.3 (66 laps)
2. Aleix Espargaró, ART 1’41.1 (60 laps)
3. Mattia Pasini, ART 1’41.29 (47 laps)
4. Danilo Petrucci, IODA 1’41.6 (62 laps)
5. James Ellison, ART 1’42.526 (53 laps)