2010 Post-Jerez Test Times - Pedrosa Fastest, Top 12 Inside 1 Second

One day after the last-lap thriller of a Spanish Grand Prix, the MotoGP riders were back on track for a one-day test at the Andalucian track, the first of two scheduled for the season. As on Saturday during qualifying, it was the Repsol Honda of Dani Pedrosa which was fastest, finishing ahead of the Fiat Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. Differences were small, however: the top 12 riders finished inside 1 second, and just 1.5 seconds covered the entire field.

The riders had plenty to test. Yamaha were testing minor chassis modifications, some electronics and a revised engine which provides improved acceleration, which both Rossi and Lorenzo declared a slight improvement. Lorenzo spent a lot of time working on his starts, which have so far been his weak point, while Rossi also found some setup changes which solved a rear grip problem.

At Repsol Honda, both Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso tried a new engine with better power delivery, as well as a revised chassis and swingarm. Pedrosa also worked on his suspension settings, finding a setup which solved one or two of the issues he has had throughout the preseason.

At Ducati, the main focus was on setup. Both Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner found some improvements, though the biggest improvement was for Stoner. The Australian finally tested a more radical change to the setup, which improved some of the front end feel he had been missing. Suzuki also had new parts, the Hamamatsu factory bringing a new chassis and swingarm for the Rizla squad.

The test also saw several crashes, with Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi and Alvaro Bautista all hitting the asphalt. Fortunately, all escaped without injury, and could resume testing later in the day. With the next race at Le Mans in three weeks, everyone should be fully fit by the time we get to France.

The next opportunity the riders will get to test will be in August, after the Czech MotoGP round at Brno.

Times: 

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff Prev Laps
1 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'39.425     60
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'39.480 0.055 0.055 61
3 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'39.506 0.026 0.081 71
4 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'39.609 0.103 0.184 63
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'39.760 0.151 0.335 71
6 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'39.786 0.026 0.361 66
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'39.906 0.120 0.481 70
8 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'39.958 0.052 0.533 48
9 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'40.040 0.082 0.615 77
10 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'40.042 0.002 0.617 60
11 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'40.129 0.087 0.704 84
12 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'40.370 0.241 0.945 83
13 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1'40.446 0.076 1.021 102
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'40.463 0.017 1.038 79
15 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'40.470 0.007 1.045 97
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 1'40.686 0.216 1.261 100
17 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'40.932 0.246 1.507 95

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