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Jerez MotoGP test: Crutchlow’s RC213V ‘easier to ride’ says Nakagami

LCR Honda’s Taka Nakagami was the surprise pace-setter at the end of the Jerez MotoGP test, beating works stablemate Marc Marquez to top spot by a fraction of a second using team-mate Cal Crutchlow’s 2018-spec RC213V.

The Japanese rider used the Briton’s racebike at the Valencia test while he recuperates from his Phillip Island crash and kept it for Jerez, where its improved usability was noticeable over the 2017 version Nakagami has been used to.

“The power delivery has improved a lot, especially middle to top you can feel more power. On the bottom end it feels a little more easy to ride, more sweet, and that’s why with the used tyre the lap time is much more consistent than last year and with a high level. Many ‘38s, many low ‘39s,” said Nakagami, speaking at the track.

“Here we’ve tried to focus on the rear grip. The set-up is improving and the feeling is better than yesterday. So it’s quite simple to make a positive or negative and I’m really happy about the result.

“Especially the rear grip on exit of the corner. From the apex to the first part of turning and we’ll try to keep working on this area.

“But anyway, at this moment I’m really happy about the package of the 2018 bike. I know Cal, Marc and Lorenzo use 2019 bikes, but it’s not a big gap like 2017-2018. Maybe 2018-2019 is a much closer gap. So we will see for the future.”

 

Panigale V4 ‘80 per cent’ ready to race – Dall’Igna

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Ducati race boss Gigi Dall’Igna has indicated the Panigale V4 is 80 per cent ready to race at the Phillip Island WorldSBK opener in February with only some small modifications and changes required.

The enigmatic engineer was on hand at the Jerez test to see Chaz Davies and Alvaro Bautista put the all-new bike through a battery of evaluations and appears to be pleased with what he observed.

“We are quite happy about the first day of the Jerez test, and for sure we have a lot of things to test to be ready for the first race. The project is completely new and is honestly quite young,” Dall’Igna told bikesportnews.com

“There are some issues to solve and there are some spaces to improve in some areas. If I can give a number it is maybe 80 per cent.

“We have some small problems to solve and all the riders complain about this problem when they tested the bike, so we have some clear idea where we have to improve the bike. In some other points it is the rider. Chaz asked for something different but this is normal.

“But 80 per cent of the small problems that we have, everybody complains about. We have a clear idea about the problems to solve.”

Click here for the full interview with Dall’Igna

 


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