MotoGP Kymiring Test Finishes - Good Weather But Riders Critical Of The Track

The first official test at the Kymiring has wrapped up, the second day of testing taking place under much better conditions than the first day on Monday. The day started dry, though action didn't start until 11am, the riders losing an hour of time as the test was cut short by the weather.

On a dry track, times were considerably quicker than on Monday, when the track was both wet and dirty. Where riders were circulating in the 2'10s on Monday, Bradley Smith managed to get down to 1:47.540 on the Aprilia. 

Different riders were on different programs, though the focus was mainly on trying out the track rather than testing new parts. Some riders did have updates to test: Jonas Folger was testing parts for Yamaha, while Stefan Bradl continued his work for HRC. Michele Pirro tested a fairing which looked very similar to the fairing used by Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso at the Brno test and Austria.

Mika Kallio for KTM, Sylvain Guintoli for Suzuki, and Bradley Smith for Aprilia did not have any parts to test, instead focusing on the track. 

The test was cut short when rain started in the afternoon, conditions deemed not to be safe enough with parts of the track still under construction. Yamaha were the biggest victim of the rain, the plan being for Jonas Folger to spend more time on track in the afternoon.

The riders were broadly critical of the layout of the track, saying that the infield section was too tight and twisty. The main straight is long enough for the riders to hit over 350 km/h, and the first sector contains some good corners, according to a candid interview given by Michele Pirro to Pirro felt there was only really one hard braking point at which riders could try to pass, and with a lot of changes of direction, it looked a lot like Austin and the Sachsenring, two tracks where Marc Marquez has dominated in the past. 

No date has been announced for the race, though it is expected to take place some time in July 2020. 

The times below were obtained from an independent source, and should be considered unofficial. They should be broadly accurate, however.

Unofficial times from an independent source:

Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
Bradley Smith Aprilia RS-GP 1:47.540    
Stefan Bradl Honda RC213V 1:47.864 0.324 0.324
Michele Pirro Ducati GP19 1:48.238 0.698 0.374
Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki GSX-RR 1:48.824 1.284 0.586
Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:49.141 1.601 0.317
Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:49.286 1.746 0.145
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"...The riders were broadly critical of the layout of the track, saying that the infield section was too tight and twisty..."

It is starting to sound like the Safety Car will have to use the Scandinavian Flick just to get around the place. Maybe they can lure Tommi or Juha out of retirement to drive it. Have not heard yet if the track has any big "yumps" to keep everyone focused between flicks, but at this point my attitude is; "sure, why not?".

Start grinding down those fork-stops, Boyos. Cheers.

                     Tommi Mäkinen showing the proper Safety Car technique for the new KymiRing.

Good to see Bradley fastest. He never set MotoGP on fire but was a good mid-pack rider and always had good insight during interviews. Would be good to see him take Zarco’s seat next year.

This track sounds like a dud for the Motogp class. It's disheartening to hear Pirro already picking Marquez as the winner for a race that has yet to be officially scheduled for a track that Marquez has yet to turn a wheel. Maybe they can straighten out some of the turns.

Project progressing, pity about the product. Too slow, too many 1st & 2nd gear corners. Oh dear.

It seems a bit late to be changing the layout. Design it before you build it.

They should have had a look at the racing circuits pantheon topic in the MotoMatters forum. Surely that is the first place to start one's research into what makes a great racetrack. Fast is better than slow.

Think it was Michele Pirro said the track is a bit narrow. that may change when the curbs, rumble strips & run off are added.

Apparently the EU shovelled some funds into Finland to support the developement of the circuit. I wonder what EU bureaucrats know about MotoGp?

Congratulations Bradley Smith fastest rider over two days of testing. Congrats Aprilia!

There's no EU funding AFAIK. Instead, the track company has been constantly pleading for national and local public funding for each and every step. Their own investment has been likely below a million, possibly something around 500 k € but in any case main amount has come from tax payers' pockets.

I will go riding there next year and as a medium fast track day rider I will LOVE it :)