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# 2022Loading: Bagnaia hits back, Honda continues to make headlines in Jerez

Ducati returns to the top of the timesheets as Pecco clears away, but there is a lot more to see in the pit lane on Day 2

Friday, November 19, 2021

Francesco Bagnaia (63). Photo courtesy of Dorna.

Less than half a second from the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto lap record, Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) finished the two days of the official MotoGP â„¢ Jerez 2022 test at the top of the timesheets, as we could see. ‘expect it based on the recent form of Italian. Pecco’s 1: 36.872 saw him beat Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) in the overall standings by four tenths, with 2021 world champion Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) third. But the timesheets were far from the whole story …

Fabio Quartararo (20 years old).  Photo courtesy of Dorna.
Fabio Quartararo (20 years old). Photo courtesy of Dorna.

Straight out of the blocks on Friday, driving a 2022 prototype Рthe new engine, front fairing, air intake and more РBagnaia only broke the all-time lap record by 0.3 seconds of Maverick Vi̱ales, apparently a sign that Ducati entered 2022 tests carrying the momentum with which they ended the season.

As for the engine, a big topic of discussion at all factories for the Jerez test and beyond, Ducati won’t be deciding on its specs until Mandalika’s test in February. In addition to the front fairing and air intake, the second biggest difference seen at the Ducatis factory was the new, much longer exhaust. Pecco and his teammate Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) were using it on days 1 and 2, it will be interesting to see if he makes an appearance in the Sepang and Mandalika tests next year.

And at the end of the two days, Pecco finished 0.4 seconds ahead after 42 more laps on the second day, adding to his 68 from Thursday, and was very satisfied with the work done in Jerez. Johann Zarco’s opening day (Pramac Racing) sees the Frenchman sit P4 on the combined timesheets, the second fastest Ducati, and he completed 65 more laps on Day 2. After 78 already completed on Thursday, Zarco was one of the busiest drivers in the Jerez test in terms of laps.

Miller and Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) were busy testing the 2022 parts over the two days, the Australian was 9th on Friday and 10th overall, while Martin was 18th out of both. Luca Marini (VR46 Racing Team) is the other driver in the Desmosedici ranks who will be on the last spec machines in 2022, and the Italian was 14th on the timesheets after completing 56 laps on day 2. The old one Teammate Enea Bastianini (Team Gresini Racing MotoGP) finished both days in P5 overall as the double first class podium tackled her GP21.

Fabio Di Giannantonio (D).  Photo courtesy of Dorna.
Fabio Di Giannantonio (D). Photo courtesy of Dorna.

Ducati has two rookies in its line for 2022, both driving GP21s, and the fastest rookie over the two days was Fabio Di Giannantonio (Team Gresini Racing MotoGP). The Italian had an impressive 1.6 second lead over Bagnaia after completing 45 laps on Day 2, seeing the 2021 race winner Jerez Moto2 â„¢ do 93 total times. Marco Bezzecchi (VR46 Racing Team) finished 2.4 seconds behind his good friend Bagnaia after two days on the bike, a mad effort from the Italian, who got 115 laps before further practice next year.

Marco Bezzecchi (72).  Photo courtesy of Dorna.
Marco Bezzecchi (72). Photo courtesy of Dorna.

As has been well documented, Honda has a brand new bike for 2022. It is the only machine being tested that looks completely new, with all other manufacturers having variations and adaptations from what we did. saw in 2021. Engine, chassis, aero, air intake, exhaust position… you name it. HRC have worked tirelessly to bring a new RC213V look to the grille, and at first glance things seem to be going well.

Pol Espargaro (44).  Photo courtesy of Dorna.
Pol Espargaro (44). Photo courtesy of Dorna.

The absence of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) at the Jerez Test was bad news but the presence of Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) was very good news, the number 44 back despite his highside Turn 13 in Valencia. On Day 1 Pol Espargaro admitted he was riding – unsurprisingly – with rib and wrist pain, with Nakagami and Alex Marquez (LCR Honda Castrol) doing all the work on the new bike on Thursday. LCR boss Lucio Cecchinello also said that at one point there were six bikes in the LCR garage for Nakagami and Marquez.

However, on day 2 Pol Espargaro got his hands on the 2022 prototype. Pitlane reporter Simon Crafar confirmed that the Spaniard now has better rear grip, and the number 44 has tried different packages as well. aerodynamics with the new bike. Nakagami finished second overall and seventh on Friday, while Pol Espargaro set his fastest time in practice on the new bike to finish fourth on Friday and seventh overall. Alex Marquez also went faster on Day 2 as the three Honda riders head into winter with a really good idea of ​​what the 2022 bike needs to be faster. Overall, it appears to be a positive test for HRC.

The new Yamaha chassis from Day 1 underwent some modifications on Friday, and despite testing and a new fairing, as well as further engine testing, Quartararo said it was struggling to find a clear positive step: time. the ride with the motorcycle was too similar to the old specification. He’s looking for better power, less wheeling and more rear grip for next year. He finished second on Friday and third overall, while Nakagami ranks second on the combined Thursday-Friday timesheets.

Quartararo’s teammate Franco Morbidelli also had a new front fairing, with the same “fenders” but a different and more rounded fairing. The side fairing was also different, likely to aid cooling – a purpose apparently similar to Suzuki’s.

Andrea Dovizioso (WithU RNF Yamaha MotoGP) is now on the Yamaha 2022, but not quite the same as the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP lineup. The Italian was positive about his ride in the afternoon, although he said it was not yet instinctive, and reported that the new bike had better braking, allowing the riders to brake harder, and a little more power but the same DNA.

Darryn Binder (40).  Photo courtesy of Dorna.
Darryn Binder (40). Photo courtesy of Dorna.

His teammate Darryn Binder, barring a lap accident that slowed progress somewhat, was also positive about his test. The South African rookie started working on different tires, electronics and traction control as he settled down.

Joan Mir (36).  Photo courtesy of Dorna.
Joan Mir (36). Photo courtesy of Dorna.

Word on Suzuki Street was almost singular from top to bottom of the pit lane: their 2022 engine would have been decided, although Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was more timid in her debriefing. The 2020 champion said the focus is on electronics with this new engine and work has continued on the chassis side.

Aerodynamic updates were also presented on Day 2, as promised, with various side fairings breaking the cover for Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar), although Mir said he tried them on Day 1 as well. swing arm was put to the test. more not too.

Rins finished the day in third position after 59 laps, and sixth in the general classification. Mir was sixth on Friday after 73 laps, and ninth overall. Test driver Sylvain Guintoli added 56 more to Hamamatsu’s lap count on Friday as well.

Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing Team) was the fastest Aprilia again, placing fifth in Day 2 and P8 overall. He was trying on a new fuel tank cover and working on the body position to be more comfortable. 82 laps later, and after trying a different chassis than the Valencia GP, number 12 said he had a clear direction. Viñales also said that the new exhaust spotted at Aprilia was a similar feeling, which he said was also positive after being tested back to back with the previous version.

Aleix Espargaro (41).  Photo courtesy of Dorna.
Aleix Espargaro (41). Photo courtesy of Dorna.

Viñales’ teammate Aleix Espargaro also completed 55 laps on Friday, and the aero remained visible to Aprilia overall. Test pilot Lorenzo Savadori had another set of new look “wings” that was even different, making three aero sets presented by Noale. Their 2022 global package would not be finalized until the Mandalika test.

Brad Binder (33).  Photo courtesy of Dorna.
Brad Binder (33). Photo courtesy of Dorna.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira were back with a new aero package, but slightly different from the one seen on Day 1. Both have spent a lot of time on it, as well as the MotoGP â„¢ test rider. Legend and KTM. Dani Pedrosa was also back – and also used the aero.

The Austrian factory was the most timid of all. “Positives and negatives” have been reported by both Brad Binder and Oliveira, and they expect more testing to be done in Sepang. Binder finished 11th Friday and 13th overall, Oliveira 14th Friday and 16th overall.

Under the watchful eye of Tech3 KTM Factory Racing rookies, Raul Fernandez kept the lead over new Moto2 ™ world champion Remy Gardner… by just 0.037. Diggia clinched the two fastest rookie titles at the end of the test, Fernandez 0.163 behind the Italian. Number 25 finished the test in 20th place on Friday and overall, and number 87 in P22 as well.

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