Testing has started in the first of the extremely restricted test programs, the amount of testing having been slashed for cost-cutting purposes over the winter. Dani Pedrosa is sitting out the test, preferring to rest in the hope that his injured femur will recover in time for Assen, while the Tech 3 team are also absent.
Andrea Dovizioso is testing the new chassis for HRC, while Ducati is testing a new rear shock, the carbon fiber swingarm and some electronics updates, as well as a revised tail section which lifts the seat higher.
Yamaha has little to test, and so Jorge Lorenzo is mainly working on refining setup. According to MCN, Valentino Rossi is due test a revised version of the M1 engine, designed to last for two races, ready for the new regulations which come into effect after Brno. From then, the riders will have 5 engines to last 7 races, and Yamaha need to ensure that the new engine has not sacrificed performance for durability. As of 1pm, Rossi had yet to take to the track, though. Rossi is notorious for his hatred of early mornings, and will probably wait until the afternoon to make an appearance.
Update - Valentino Rossi took to the track during the afternoon session, run between 2pm and 6pm, but is without Jerry Burgess, who is headed back to Australia for the funeral of his mother, who died on Saturday. One incident of note was the consequences of a crash by Pramac Ducati's Niccolo Canepa: The Italian had crashed going very slowly (about 40 km/h, according to GPONe.com) while testing the carbon fiber swingarm. As a result of that crash, the swingarm cracked, underlining the risks of using CF as a structural material. However, both Canepa and Kallio were about half a second quicker with the new CF swingarm than they were on the aluminium one yesterday, so its benefits outweigh the disadvantages.
Final times (courtesy of GPOne.com)
|Pos.||Rider||Bike||Time||Best lap||Total laps|
|7||Randy de Puniet||Honda||1'43.247||66||76|
|9||Alex de Angelis||Honda||1'43.360||68||69|
|2||Raffaele De Rosa||Honda||1'47.922||57||58|
Times at 4:30pm (courtesy of GPOne.com)
|9||Randy de Puniet||63||1'43.517|
|12||Alex De Angelis||57||1'43.903|
|16||Karel Abraham||31||1'47.923||(250 class)|
|17||Hiroshi Aoyama||48||1'48.417||(250 class)|
|18||Raffaele De Rosa||48||1'48.417||(250 class)|
|19||Axel Pons||49||1'50.712||(250 class)|
Times at 1pm (courtesy of GPOne.com)
|8||Randy de Puniet||39||1'43.517|
|11||Alex de Angelis||32||1'44.197|
|15||Karel Abraham||31||1'47.923||(250 class)|
|16||Hiroshi Aoyama||26||1'48.341||(250 class)|
|17||Raffaele De Rosa||26||1'48.417||(250 class)|
|18||Alex Pons||19||1'51.114||(250 class)|