Cal Crutchlow has topped the timesheets at the post-race test at Brno, getting well inside his fastest lap from yesterday's race on an old tire. Crutchlow's Monster Tech 3 Yamaha teammate Andrea Dovizioso took 2nd spot, having worked on the corner speed that had been lacking during the race weekend. Jorge Lorenzo set the 3rd fastest time on his current machine, the Factory Yamaha rider also having tested a first prototype of the 2013 M1, comprised of a new chassis and a modified tank. Lorenzo had spent some of the time focusing on braking, an area he was losing out on during the race.
Dani Pedrosa was the first of the Hondas, ending the test in 4th spot, though less than a quarter of a second off the time of Crutchlow. The Repsol Honda man had mainly been working on setup, though he had also had a new silencer to test, fitted as a way of adding weight to the bike needed to hit the 160kg minimum bike weight for 2013. Stefan Bradl was first of the satellite Hondas, just edging Alvaro Bautista by a few thousandths of a second, ending ahead of the second Factory Yamaha of Ben Spies. Spies had left the test early in the afternoon, having little testing work on his plate due to the fact he is leaving the factory at the end of the season.
Jonathan Rea made his debut on the Repsol Honda, the first time he has ridden a MotoGP machine since he had a spin on an 800cc bike in Malaysia two years ago. Rea made steady progress throughout the day, eventually cracking the 2 minute barrier to end the test with a time of 1'59.595. He had had a steep learning curve, citing the rock solid Bridgestones as the toughest thing he had to learn at the test.
The Honda and Yamaha teams now head to Aragon for two days of private testing on September 4th and 5th, while Misano hosts a private two-day test for Ducati and Aprilia on August 28th and 29th. Though the paddock will be hermetically sealed, the Misano circuit is selling tickets for a couple of seating areas for 5 euros, according to GPOne.com.
|9||Yonny Hernandez||FTR Kawasaki||1:59.743||3.282||0.148|
|10||Ivan Silva||FTR Kawasaki||2:00.667||4.206||0.924|
|11||Michele Pirro||FTR Honda||2:00.863||4.402||0.196|
|13||Colin Edwards||Aprilia ART||2:03.143||6.682||1.094|