Positive test brings Jerez weekend to a close for Miller and Rabat
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Jack Miller and Tito Rabat were back out on track today at the Jerez circuit, where they successfully completed a one-day MotoGP test.
The test brought a positive conclusion to what had been a difficult weekend, with Miller and Rabat both crashing out of Sunday's 27-lap Spanish Grand Prix.
Both riders tested once again the front tyre that Michelin last supplied at the final race of 2017 at Valencia, which is of a stiffer construction than the tyres used so far this season, with mixed results.
Rabat also worked with his crew to evaluate different traction control settings on his Honda RC213V before going on to equal his fastest time from the race weekend, but this time on the medium option rear tyre rather than the soft he used in qualifying.
Electronics were an area that Miller and his crew also worked on today, but the Australian's main focus was on evaluating chassis set up options on his Honda RC213V. Miller completed more than 80 laps and was satisfied with both his pace and his consistency.
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS will head straight from Jerez to Valencia, where Miller and Rabat will participate in a one-day wet tyre test for Michelin.
Jack Miller: 86 Laps – 1'39.548
“It's been a positive day of testing for us here in Jerez and we've certainly put in the laps today. The best thing is that they were all good quality laps when you look at the times and the consistency, so I'm pretty happy with that. We also tried the new front tyre; well it's more of an old new front because we've tried it before. I liked it and it worked well in the heat here, but there's a question mark over how well it will work when we get to colder tracks like Assen or Sachsenring. We threw in a soft tyre right at the end, but there was too much spinning from the rear to set a faster lap time.”
Tito Rabat: 71 Laps – 1'39.576
“I really enjoyed this morning and it's been a positive test overall. We focussed mainly on the electronics, trying different settings for things like the traction control and we fixed some issues we've been having as well as finding some improvements. With the front tyre we tested here the lap time and the consistency was the same as with the previous tyre, so no big change, but the character is different. We need to adjust because, while it's good for the lap time, I had some stability issues when releasing the brakes going into the corner. We also need to see how the tyre works when the track temperature isn't as high as it is here in Jerez.”