Testing concluded at Brno today, under hot and sunny skies. Only 11 riders took to the track, all of the Hondas except Shinya Nakano having left, feeling they would learn nothing as a result of not having tires they could use. Dani Pedrosa had left very early on Monday, having gone out for just 5 laps. The message from HRC to Michelin was pretty clear, as Nakano, the only Honda, was running on Bridgestones.
Casey Stoner completely destroyed the lap records, running full second under his pole record from last year on some experimental qualifiers from Bridgestone. But more impressive than that was a sequence of 5 laps Stoner set on race tires, 4 of which were in the low 1'56s, with one incredible lap of 1'55.904. Stoner commented afterwards that they had once again found some improvements in setup. The competition can only hope the jump for Ducati is not as large as it was the last time round they tested, after Barcelona. Stoner went on to win the next three races in a row after that test.
Stoner wasn't the only rider to improve. Valentino Rossi tested more new electronics, and improved his times to get into the mid 1'56s. Rossi's team mate Jorge Lorenzo was the best of the Michelin runners, shaving 1.3 seconds off his best time of the weekend.
Full times for Day 2 of testing, courtesy of GPOne.com:
|1||Casey Stoner||Ducati||1'55.855||40 laps|
|2||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha||1'56.613||31 laps|
|3||Loris Capirossi||Suzuki||1'57.132||30 laps|
|4||Chris Vermeulen||Suzuki||1'57.483||17 laps|
|5||Shinya Nakano||Honda||1'57.559||27 laps|
|6||Jorge Lorenzo||Yamaha||1'57.600||27 laps|
|7||Niccolo Canepa||Ducati||1'57.639||29 laps|
|8||James Toseland||Yamaha||1'58.007||37 laps|
|9||Olivier Jacque||Kawasaki||1'58.483||14 laps|
|10||Marco Melandri||Ducati||1'58.927||6 laps|
|11||Ant West||Kawasaki||1'59.010||38 laps|