Productive test day in Jerez for Pol Espargaro as Marquez ends early

Productive test day in Jerez for Pol Espargaro as Marquez ends early

03.05.2021: Jerez Test MotoGP 2021 The first in-season test of 2021 was a positive experience for Pol Espargaro, providing a clear direction to follow in the upcoming races.


Jerez Test
MotoGP 2021





The first in-season test of 2021 was a positive experience for Pol Espargaro, providing a clear direction to follow in the upcoming races.


Monday after the Gran Premio Red Bull de España offered the MotoGP class their first in-season testing day of 2021. There was a brief disruption early in the day as the red flag was brought out after just an hour of running due to falls on circuit.


Pol Espargaro had a busy day around the 4.4 kilometres of the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto, completing 89 laps with a best time of 1’37.506. Just around midday, Espargaro suffered a fall at Turn 1 but was unharmed and quickly returned to the garage.


In the closing hour of the day Espargaro suffered a second fall, avoiding any injury. Aside from the falls, Espargaro leaves the one-day test with a very positive feeling after a busy and full day of riding.



The day in Jerez was short for Marc Marquez, completing seven laps over two runs before calling an end to his test. After a physically demanding weekend, Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team elected to focus on his continued recovery and allow the maximum amount of time to prepare for the French GP.


The Repsol Honda Team will now focus their attentions on round five, the French Grand Prix at Le Mans where Alex Marquez took his debut podium with the Repsol Honda Team in 2020.   
    
       


    
Pol Espargaro  44
6TH  1'37.506



“We did 89 laps today; it has been a very busy and productive day for us. We have worked on many things, electronics, aero, ergonomics – they seem simple or small topics but when you’re still new to a bike they can make a big difference together.


 We have performed well today, I was close to Taka who has been the strongest Honda this weekend so I am happy. No matter what, we have learned a lot today and it has been very good for me to have a day like today where we can ride and try things without the pressure of a race weekend. Now we look to Le Mans.”         

    
       


    
Marc Marquez  93
16TH  1'38.303



“Today we didn’t really test, just one run because on the second run my body was already locking up. My neck and my right shoulder were stiff, it’s similar to after Portimao but I was not as locked up as I was after Portugal. The crash I had on Saturday didn’t help with my physical condition.



I thought that maybe today when my body had warmed up it would be better, and I could try but straight away I could tell I wasn’t at a good level for riding. We spoke as a team and decided to stop the test, we need to understand that we’re improving step by step and the next target is Le Mans where we will try to improve again.”         

    
       
    
    Jerez Test
Pos.    Rider    Num    Nation    Team    Constructor    Time/Gap

1    VINALES Maverick     12    SPA    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha    1'36.879
2    RINS Alex     42    SPA    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki    0.034
3    MIR Joan     36    SPA    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki    0.431
4    NAKAGAMI Takaaki     30    JPN    LCR Honda    Honda    0.469
5    ZARCO Johann     5    FRA    Pramac Racing    Ducati    0.556
6    ESPARGARO Pol     44    SPA    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    0.627
7    OLIVEIRA Miguel     88    POR    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    0.629
8    MARINI Luca     10    ITA    SKY VR46 Avintia    Ducati    0.680
9    MORBIDELLI Franco     21    ITA    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha    0.748
10    BAGNAIA Francesco     63    ITA    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati    0.811
11    BINDER Brad     33    RSA    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    0.819
12    ROSSI Valentino     46    ITA    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha    0.821
13    BASTIANINI Enea     23    ITA    Avintia Esponsorama    Ducati    0.838
14    ESPARGARO Aleix     41    SPA    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    Aprilia    1.006
15    MARQUEZ Alex     73    SPA    LCR Honda    Honda    1.291
16    MARQUEZ Marc     93    SPA    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    1.424
17    LECUONA Iker     27    SPA    Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing    KTM    1.495
18    MILLER Jack     43    AUS    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati    1.576
19    PETRUCCI Danilo     9    ITA    Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing    KTM    1.729
20    RABAT Tito     53    SPA    Esponsorama Racing    Ducati    1.947
21    SAVADORI Lorenzo     32    ITA    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    Aprilia    2.145
    
    
    

    

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