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Just two days after testing in Catalunya, the MotoGP riders headed to Motorland Aragon for a second Spanish official in-season test.
The results weren't terribly different from last weekend's race, as Jorge Lorenzo rode his Yamaha Factory Racing motorcycle to a 1:49.187 late in the day, with the team confirming its findings from the earlier test. He finished ahead of teammate Ben Spies and Monster Tech3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow.
As Lorenzo worked on engine spec and electronics while also considering setups for this particular track, he beat his teammate Spies by just over two tenths. Crutchlow was only a half-second behind the Spaniard while Italian Andrea Dovizioso was a further two-tenths down from Lorenzo.
Dovi, who was quickest in Monday's Catalunyan test, continued to work on electronics, engine and track setup, while Crutchlow tested all the components he was unable to evaluate after crash damage last time out limited his on-circuit time.
"This test has been very important because it's not easy to find the best setup for the 1000-cc bike here. There is so much change from the 800," Lorenzo admitted. "We tried the engine again, like we did in Barcelona and there wasn't much difference so the engineers now have to make a decision for moving forward."
There were a total of 14 riders completing this test day. Hector Barbera again outclassed the factory Ducati team as he brought his Pramac Racing Ducati to fifth place, ahead of Ducati Team's Nicky Hayden. Valentino Rossi was eighth.
The Ducati team tested new bike settings, with Hayden appearing comfortable on the motorcycle throughout the day. But the team did not evaluate its new aluminum swing arm, as expected.
The Repsol Honda team didn't make the trip to Motorland Aragon, allowing their satellite teams to represent the brand. San Carlo Honda Gresini's Alvaro Bautista finished top Honda of the meeting in seventh, working solely on settings for this particular track, he said.
LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl was ninth and Karel Abraham brought the Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati to tenth place. The balance of the riders were CRT teams with Michele Pirro taking top spot with the Honda Gresini team at 1:52.452.