A 1:42.136 puts EG 0,0 Marc VDS’ Mike Di Meglio in fourth on the opening day at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, but it wasn’t such a successful day for fellow Frenchman Randy de Puniet. The LCR-E Team rider suffered a nasty highside at Turn 11 and will have an x-ray on Monday evening on his foot, the former MotoGP™ podium finisher will be back on the bike for Day 2 and 3 though. Nico Terol (Openbank Angel Nieto Team) rounded out the top five with a 1:42.155.
Marquez had three HRC bikes at his disposal for the test: one standard, one with a carbon covered frame and one that looks to be Takaaki Nakagami’s 2018 model. The number 93 completed 80 laps on Monday, but it wasn’t all so smooth. Marquez crashed at Turn 4, with teammate Jorge Lorenzo going down at Turn 9 – riders ok. In the LCR Honda garage, Nakagami got to try a 2019-spec RC213V, with Cal Crutchlow having some aerodynamic parts to test for HRC – Lorenzo also circulated with a new aero package.
It was the moment that shaped the 2019 Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya. On Lap 2, Repsol Honda Team’s Jorge Lorenzo tucked the front at Turn 10, taking Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) and the two Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP riders of Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi down with him.
Two years later, in 2018, the team would expand further by entering a bike on the Moto2™ grid. Ridden by Khairuddin, and later Niki Tuuli, they earned their first points in the intermediate class at last year’s Thai Grand Prix. In July of the same year it was announced they would take their biggest leap to date by joining the MotoGP™ grid, in a partnership with Yamaha. The Petronas Yamaha SRT squad was born.
“But I got away at the start really well, I was maybe in tenth or eight on the first lap, it was a really solid first lap. I was seventh on lap two and I went into the corner seventh and came out third, with a little help from George, so that was alright. But no, I’m sorry for those guys. It was a good old race with myself, Petrux, Fabio and Rins.”
The grand total raised by the day is an incredible €6320, which will go towards the life-saving work of Two Wheels for Life – the Official Charity of MotoGP™. The next chance fans have to visit the paddock is at Assen, with two more opportunities later in the year at Aragon and Valencia, too. Don’t miss your chance to go behind the scenes at MotoGP™!
“Yeah yeah, very very hot. Very hot day. Today, before the race, I was in my office on the sofa I say to myself, because sometimes when you say something to it brings bad luck, at least in Italy we think this,” began Petrucci, who goes on to explain the crash that saw him go from fifth to second in a matter of seconds.
Despite possessing a fair amount of motorcycle touring experience, I’ve never been particularly good at packing light. It’s not entirely an obsession with bringing lots of creature comforts–I also wear size 13 shoes, one pair of which can wipe out a small saddlebag if I have to bring more than the boots on my feet.
When I do need more space I usually break out some soft luggage. The easiest type of bag to add to any luggage ensemble or use on its own is the good ol’ seat bag or tail bag. Important features to look for include a simple but safe and reliable mounting system; the ability to expand when you need to bring back more than you left with; and at least a little bit of style to complement your bike. Fly Racing’s 20.5-liter Tail Bag offers all of this and more at an affordable price, including a red-lined interior that makes finding stuff inside easier, and internal stiffeners with flaps that flip up to support it when the bag is expanded to its full 27-liter capacity.
At 15 inches long, 9 inches wide and 8.5 inches high unexpanded, the Fly Racing Tail Bag is intended to be mounted lengthwise on a passenger seat/luggage rack, and its unique but simple mounting system makes it easy to do so if you have the space. Instead of bungees or straps with quick-release buckles, there are four nylon web straps with loops at one end and swivel clips at the other, with a simple strap retainer in between that is used to adjust the length. It takes a bit of fiddling to get them all properly adjusted and the bag clipped to the bike, but once you do it’s not going anywhere. And you don’t have to undo the straps to remove the bag and take it with you, because it unzips from its base.
The strap clips snap onto plastic loops on the bottom corners of the base, which have flaps underneath to keep them from scratching paint. Four additional loops can be used to strap stuff to the top of the bag, and there’s a key keeper inside. Two zippered pockets on the sides of the bag and organizer pockets inside the lid are great for small items, and the piping and logos on the black bag are reflective. In addition to the sewn-on carry handle the bag comes with a shoulder strap and a rain cover. Unexpanded the bag holds my big ol’ tennis shoes, toilet kit, first aid kit, MotoPump, flat kit and tire irons, and I can cram in a jacket liner by expanding it.
The zippers for the base and lid seem on the light-duty side for this application, but I haven’t had any problems with them so far, and Fly Racing offers a 2-year warranty for workmanship and materials. At an MSRP of $89.95 the Fly Racing Tail Bag is economical in addition to versatile, capacious and secure. Also available are Saddle Bags ($119.95) with similar features that integrate with the Tail Bag as well as several nice tank bags.
For more information, see your dealer or visit flyracing.com.
The work doesn’t stop for Marquez, the seven-time World Champion has three HRC machines at his disposal today in Barcelona, with Michelin bringing four different types of rear tyres for the riders to try – three of them are for the 2020 season. The fourth tyre is one Michelin are testing for the Australian and Thai GPs, a stiffer, more rigid compound designed to help control the temperature of the tyre better.