Crutchlow Fastest On Final Test Day
JEREZ, Spain – Britain’s Cal Crutchlow moved atop the timesheets as MotoGP pre-season testing drew to a close in Jerez on Monday.
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider led the way from Yamaha Factory Racing duo Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.
The third and final day brought yet more rain, although a dryer period in the second half allowed for some much desired laps on slicks.
Crutchlow was quickest before being demoted, but returned to the top in the closing stages; his best effort of 1:39.511 was the fastest of the three days in Spain, with Rossi just 14 thousandths of a second slower. In fact, no more than 29 thousandths covered the top three runners.
At Factory Yamaha Racing, the pair of MotoGP World Champions worked with an updated chassis – in contrast with Crutchlow who has had few new components to test over the pre-season period. Breaking into the top three on the final day was LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl, who finishes fifth overall, although the German was one of several riders to hit trouble over the course of the test with a crash on Sunday afternoon.
Álvaro Bautista was another and on Monday the GO&FUN Honda Gresini man was unable to ride at all, following a crash and consequent hand and knee injuries the previous evening.