Setelah menyelesaikan musim balapan MotoGP 2015 di sirkuit Valencia hari Minggu, 8/11/15, kembali datang ke Valencia pada tanggal 10 dan 11 untuk pengujian motor baru, ban baru, elektronik baru, bahkan ada beberapa pembalap pindah ke team yang baru. Nah, bagaimana hasil test Valencia dengan ban Michelin yang nantinya akan dipakai secara resmi pada musim depan, MotoGP 2016?
Perlu dicatat, pembalap Moto2 Tito Rabat kini bergabung dengan Team Marc VDS untuk berlaga di MotoGP. Kemudian ada perubahan line-up tim beberapa pembalapa, seperti Scott Redding beralih ke Pramac Ducati, Loris Baz ke Avintia (Ducati), dan Jack Miller untuk Marc VDS (Honda) bersama Rabat.
Sementara itu ada juga juga perubahan teknis yaitu pengenalan ECU spec yang mana semua tim harus menggunakannya, ditambah ban Michelin juga telah resmi mengambil alih sebagai pemasok ban tunggal.
Hak teknis lainnya adalah tentang batas bahan bakar 22 liter yang berlaku untuk semua motor, serta tujuh mesin per tahun untuk aturan tim Honda, Yamaha dan Ducati. Selain itu, motor balap juga harus memiliki berat maksimum yang baru yaitu 157 kg, diameter velg menjadi 17 inci dengan ban merek Michelin, yan dikenal sebagai produsen ban asal Perancis.
Dengan ban baru, diameter velg baru, tangki BBM baru, dan ECU yang baru, setidaknya semua tim maupun pembalap butuh pengujian serta penyesuaian untuk beradaptasi agar balapan menjadi smooth tanpa kendala.
Masalahnya dalam dua hari tes di Valencia kemarin, ada 11 kecelakaan pada hari pertama dan jumlah yang sama pada kedua. Masalah utama, tampaknya, disebabkan karena ECU yang baru dari Magneti Marelli. Namun duo Honda, Marc Marquez dan Dani Pedroa menjadi pembalap tercepat dalam dua hari test tersebut,
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Marc Marquez said, “The tires are working differently and I crashed yesterday in my first exit (on lap 4) and again today as the front gives no warning. The tires behavior changes a lot from circuit to circuit and also during the day according to temperature of the asphalt, so it takes a while to understand them and understand the limit. For sure we need to stress the front tires less, but then you need to find the correct compromise. It’s easier to go fast on a single lap while we struggle to be consistent on the race pace. We started assessing the 2015 machine with the new tires, before swapping to the 2016 RC213V. We also tested the new engine, but it’s difficult to judge it with the new electronics. It’s still too aggressive and the situation seems worst with the Magneti Marelli electronics. But I repeat, it’s too early because the engineers need to understand how the new software works. At the moment, it’s quite slow. We need to improve the torque delivery and all the other controls, the middle and the exit of the corner. It’s a big step back and it will be difficult to return where we were. Anyway, I’m confident. We will work more at the next test on November 25-27 at Jerez.”
Dani Pedrosa provided similar feedback: “The priority now for us as riders and for the technicians is to understand the new electronics. The controls are not behaving in the right way and in the correct time. It’s a step back of many years. We also tested the new engine but we cannot assess it with this electronics. Anyway, I’m very confident and I like to look forward, not back. We had a strong final part of the championship and this is the best way to start the 2016 season.”
While Honda and Ducati tested a lot with Michelin throughout the 2015 season, Yamaha did not, so it focused on understanding the new tires and the Magneti Marelli software.
Jorge Lorenzo: “Michelin’s rear grip is impressive but we have some stability issues entering the corner and at the maximum lean with the throttle at 20 to 30 percent. It’s easy to lose the front. It doesn’t give you have any warning, so we need to be more cautious, at least at the beginning. But the biggest surprise was the electronics. Engine brake, anti-wheelie, traction control, we need to work on all these controls. The first day we started with the 2015 machine and then we switched to the “new” version. Nothing revolutionary, only a few changes. This is the first test but it’s clear that we need to work on tires and electronics.”
“Electronics is the main issue,” said Valentino Rossi. “Last year, we had reached such a level of precision that it was easy to ride fast and consistent. It’s a big step back to the years 2008-2009. Now we will need to adapt and keep on working. Regarding the tires, the feeling with the Michelin changes a lot. We are still working on the setup as the front works differently and needs a different weight balance and riding style. The rear grip is very good while the front doesn’t warn you, so we need to be a bit careful. On the second day we improved the feel a lot, so I’m quite optimistic.”
Ducati’s Andrea Iannone, who crashed twice in Turn 3, had the positive attitude. He and teammate Andrea Dovizioso focused on adapting the GP15 to the Michelin tires, while the satellite riders Danilo Petrucci and Scott Redding tested the GP15 with the new electronics.
Andrea Iannone: “This is my second test with Michelin tire after Misano, and I’m really happy. It’s more fun to ride with these new tires. The bike spins and the rider needs to be always alert. It’s true that you cannot [push hard] under braking, but the Michelin has good potential. We need to adapt our riding style. I feel that the Michelins suit me and I think we can be fast. We didn’t do any big changes on the bike. The priority now is to understand the Michelin and to work on the best set up.”
Andrea Dovizioso: “I’m confident, because we can also be fast with Michelin. The lap times are good. Now it’s important to understand the movements. You cannot [brake too aggressively with the front]. There have been some fast crashes.”
At Suzuki, Maverick Vinales was satisfied: “I feel happy. Our bike seems to adapt well to the new tires. I am also more comfortable to push, as I feel a lot of support from the rear. These two days we focused on the tires, using the 2015 machine. I think we will test the new electronics at Sepang on November 23 and 24.”
At Aprilia, Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl focused on the new tires as they will have to wait for the February Sepang test to get their hands on the 2016 prototype. Bradl, also among the riders who crashed, said: “The rear Michelin works incredibly well, while it’s easy to lose the front especially entering the corner. This is how I crashed on day 1—losing grip without any warning. But this is only my second test with Michelin after Aragon, so we need to understand the correct setup.”
HASIL MOTOGP VALENCIA TES 10-11 November 2015
|Pos.||Pembalap||#||Nationality||Team||Waktu / Gap|
|1||MARQUEZ Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||1’31.060|
|2||VINALES Maverick||25||SPA||Tim Suzuki Ecstar||1’31.163|
|3||PEDROSA Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||1’31.180|
|4||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Tim Suzuki Ecstar||1’31.212|
|5||LORENZO Jorge||99||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1’31.282|
|6||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||1’31.494|
|7||ROSSI Valentino||46||AKU TA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1’31.498|
|8||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Rakasa Yamaha Tech 3||1’31.619|
|9||Iannone Andrea||29||AKU TA||Ducati Team||1’31.619|
|10||SMITH Bradley||38||GBR||Rakasa Yamaha Tech 3||1’31.694|
|11||Petrucci Danilo||9||AKU TA||Octo Pramac Racing||1’31.717|
|12||BAZ Loris||76||FRA||Avintia Racing||1’31.796|
|13||REDDING Scott||45||GBR||Octo Pramac Racing||1’31.901|
|14||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||Avintia Racing||1’31.937|
|15||Dovizioso Andrea||4||AKU TA||Ducati Team||1’31.967|
|16||MILLER Jack||43||AUS||Tim Marc VDS Racing||1’32.100|
|17||Laverty Eugene||50||KEMARAHAN||Aspar Team MotoGP||1’32.377|
|18||RABAT Tito||53||SPA||Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS||1’32.402|
|19||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||1’32.492|
|20||HERNANDEZ Yonny||68||COL||Aspar Team MotoGP||1’32.510|
|21||BAUTISTA Alvaro||19||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||1’32.847|
|22||Pirro Michele||51||AKU TA||Ducati Team||1’33.568|
|23||Tsuda Takuya||22||JPN||Suzuki Uji Team|