After the disastrous start in Jerez, Renault has been playing catch-up over the two Bahrain tests, and while its teams eventually logged some mileage there’s no escaping the fact that none has come close to the pace set by the Mercedes teams, or by Ferrari. Here’s a Q&A with Rob White issued by the manufacturer.
Ducati Team riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso will compete in the 2014 MotoGP World Championship on ‘Open’ class configured Desmosedici machines.
Ducati believe the ‘Open’ option gives them more freedom for evolution during 2014 and state that they will keep developing their bikes during the championship to improve competitiveness.
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes topped the times on the final day of winter testing in Bahrain, indicating once again that the W05 is likely to set the pace in Melbourne in a fortnight’s time.
Eight red flags reflected another day of mechanical problems across the field, although all bar Lotus and McLaren still managed to complete a respectable number of laps. Indeed Sauber impressed as Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez totaled a remarkable 177 laps, making up for time lost yesterday.
From Monday to Wednesday this week (March 3-5), the Factory MotoGP teams of Honda, Yamaha and Ducati will be on-track at Phillip Island as they and two Moto2 squads engage in a tire-focused test at the Australian circuit.
Following last year’s Australian Grand Prix – when the premier class race was divided into two halves by pit-stops and the Moto2 event was shortened, due to the abrasive new track surface leading to severe tire wear – it was decided to organize this test at the island track which will host the 16th round of the 2014 season.
Bahrain International Circuit has renamed its first corner after Michael Schumacher as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.
The circuit notes that he “was directly involved in the early stages of the BIC’s development, offering his own input into the design of the track, including the layout of turn one.”