Lorenzo and Rossi dominate in Jerez

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Updated: March 26, 2013

World champion Jorge Lorenzo and Yamaha team mate Valentino Rossi, finally broke Honda’s preseason monopoly on the top of the time sheets by dominating their rivals in the final 3 days of preseason testing in Jerez, Spain.

On the opening day Lorenzo took control on a rain hit day finishing more than a second ahead of Honda duo Marquez and Pedrosa, with teammate Valentino Rossi was sixth fastest with a best lap of 1min 49.443sec.

1. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Yamaha) 1min 47.423sec
2. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) at 1.051
3. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 1.101
4. Andrea Iannone (ITA/Ducati Pramac) 1.561
5. Michele Pirro (ITA/Ducati) 1.869
6. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 2.020
7. Nicky Hayden (USA/Ducati) 2.220
8. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Yamaha Tech3) 2.269
9. Stefan Bradl (GER/Honda LCR) 2.367
10. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 2.843

Day 2 saw 9 times world champion Valentino Rossi dominate in dryer conditions. Rossi put in 39 laps with a best time of 1min 39.525sec with reigning world champion Lorenzo, who was fastest Saturday, just 0.015sec behind.

Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow filled out the top three.

1. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 1:39.525
2. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Yamaha) at 0.015
3. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Yamaha Tech3) 0.049
4. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) 0.105
5. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 0.797
6. Alvaro Bautista (ESP/Honda Gresini) 1.161
7. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 1.189
8. Stefan Bradl (GER/Honda LCR) 1.258
9. Andrea Iannone (ITA/Ducati Pramac) 1.563
10. Nicky Hayden (USA/Ducati) 1.800

The final day saw more wet weather conditions which is no surprise for Jerez in March however it was a surprise to see Carl Crutchlow completing his preparations quickest.

His time of 1:39.511, which was set when the track was drying out in the afternoon, was 0.224s better than that of Yamaha factory rider Valentino Rossi, who topped the timesheets on Sunday and was the quickest of the 3 day testing session.

LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl was third fastest with a 1:39.975s with Rossi’s teammate Lorenzo just 0.130s off that pace. Marquez, whose Honda teammate Pedrosa decided to skip the final day as he had neck pain, completed the top five.

The season begins in Qatar on April 7.

1 Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 1m39.511s 30 laps
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m39.735s +0.224s 32
3 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1m39.975s +0.464s 26
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m40.105s +0.594s 42
5 Marc Marquez Honda 1m40.130s +0.619s 34
6 Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 1m40.331s +0.820s 25
7 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m40.370s +0.859s 42
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m40.516s +1.005s 30
9 Michele Pirro Ducati 1m40.881s +1.370s 44
10 Randy de Puniet Aspar Aprilia 1m40.971s +1.460s 24
11 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m41.134s +1.623s 56
12 Aleix Espargaro Aspar Aprilia 1m41.218s +1.707s 39
13 Claudio Corti Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1m41.443s +1.932s 44
14 Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m41.772s +2.261s 41
15 Lukas Pesek Ioda Suter-BMW 1m41.791s +2.280s 49
16 Karel Abraham Cardion Aprilia 1m41.864s +2.353s 36
17 Yonny Hernandez PBM Aprilia 1m42.363s +2.852s 25
18 Danilo Petrucci Ioda Suter-BMW 1m42.428s +2.917s 18
19 Michael Laverty PBM-Aprilia 1m42.470s +2.959s 36
20 Bryan Staring Gresini FTR-Honda 1m43.525s +4.014s 41
21 Colin Edwards Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1m56.281s +16.770s 14
22 Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m56.897s +17.386s 5