Positives for the future – Repsol Honda Team conclude Jerez Test

 Positives for the future – Repsol Honda Team conclude Jerez Test

The 2021 MotoGP World Championship season officially ends as the winter testing ban comes into place after two busy days in Jerez, Espargaro a fighting fourth.

The Repsol Honda Team continued to follow their testing regime on the second day in Jerez, Pol Espargaro leading the way with Takaaki Nakagami and Alex Marquez forging ahead with 2022 work. 

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Understanding the direction to follow for 2022 remained the primary focus of the two-day test.

Espargaro’s day started confirming the final few items left on the current Honda machine before shifting his attention to the future. 

Working through several chassis and engine options, Pol Espargaro also assessed several aero options for the RC213V. Despite heavy winds, findings on all fronts were positive. 

Over 46 laps, the #44 set the best time of 1’37.496 to end the day in fourth. His best lap time came on his final lap on the track.

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Although somewhat limited by his physical condition, Espargaro and Honda HRC could complete several important items.

Honda HRC left Jerez pleased with the work carried out and now preparing for a busy winter before the 2022 MotoGP World Championship resumes in Sepang on February 5 for the first test of the new year.

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Pol Espargaro

Fourth 1’37.496

“Today is why we were here, even if physically I am suffering a bit, to try what could be the new bike. We have a long pre-season ahead, there are many different options to choose from for next year.And we will need many laps still, but this first stage feels good.

 We are fast even in the heavy wind today, and it’s good to try things in these conditions. Team has made good steps, but we can’t slow down and need to keep on working. 

We have been working a lot to get more grip, especially on the rear, and the new options Honda have brought are continuing to help this. The bike is faster and safer, it feels easier to make the lap time.”

Jerez Test Day Two

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 BAGNAIA Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1’36.872
2 QUARTARARO Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.452
3 RINS Alex 42 SPA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 0.551
4 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.624
5 VINALES Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.750
6 MIR Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.762
7 NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.800
8 BASTIANINI Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.826
9 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.845
10 MARQUEZ Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.888
11 BINDER Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.070
12 MARINI Luca 10 ITA VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1.153
13 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.157
14 OLIVEIRA Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.213
15 MORBIDELLI Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.228
16 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1.277
17 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.288
18 MARTIN Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.563
19 DI GIANNANTONIO Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 1.656
20 FERNANDEZ Raul 25 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.819
21 SAVADORI Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 1.852
22 GARDNER Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.856
23 GUINTOLI Sylvain 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 2.168
24 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA KTM Test Team KTM 2.313
25 BEZZECCHI Marco 73 ITA VR46 Racing Team Ducati 2.440
26 BINDER Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 3.069

via Pol Espargaro and MotoGp

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