2009 Brno Post-Race Test: Rain Stops Proceedings Early - Updated

The rain brought proceedings to an early end at the final day of testing for the MotoGP class for this season. It started to rain shortly after lunchtime, and though it rained only briefly, by the time the track had started to dry out a fresh shower arrived to drench the track again. Only in the final hour did the riders venture back out onto the track again, and then, it was only Valentino Rossi who managed to improve his time.

So the riders did not get the testing done that they had hoped for. Jorge Lorenzo was once again the fastest rider on the track, ahead of the ever tardy Valentino Rossi, who did not roll out of the garage until after 11am, and Dani Pedrosa. The Repsol Honda riders were due to test Ohlins suspension, but as Dovizioso was scheduled to run the Swedish suspension in the morning, and Dani Pedrosa only in the afternoon, Dovi did the bulk of the testing. Pedrosa did get out on the new forks, according to GPOne.com, but certainly wouldn't have given the new suspension the kind of workout he would have hoped for.

Julian Ryder, over at Superbikeplanet.com, reports that there was cloak-and-dagger atmosphere inside the Suzuki pits, where screens were being erected around bikes every time the fairings came off. Obviously, the factory brought more than just the minor tweaks that they gave to Loris Capirossi for the race on Sunday.

The first outing for a Moto2 bike at an official MotoGP event was not a roaring success. Spanish rider David de Gea crashed during the morning while testing tires for Dunlop, and was transported to a local hospital with a broken foot. De Gea was not the only faller. Both Gabor Talmacsi and Nicky Hayden hit the gravel, though neither man was seriously hurt.

Times at the end of the day, courtesy of GPOne.com

Pos. Rider Bike Time Best lap Total laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'56.171 25 52
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'56.622 30 38
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'56.747 24 53
4 Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1'57.543 27 43
5 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1'57.764 33 53
6 Toni Elias Honda 1'57.841 13 39
7 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 1'57.891 59 61
8 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1'57.928 64 64
9 Marco Melandri Hayate 1'58.045 56 56
10 Mika Kallio Ducati 1'58.051 61 65
11 Niccolo Canepa Ducati 1'58.120 67 69
12 Gabor Talmacsi Honda 1'59.008 51 58
13 Mattia Pasini Ducati 1'59.614 64 66
14 David De Gea Blusens Moto2 2'05.907 47 49

Fastest lap set by each rider during the race on Sunday 

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'56.670  
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'56.694 0.024
3 3 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'57.228 0.558
4 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'57.949 1.279
5 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'57.964 1.294
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'57.994 1.324
7 15 Alex DEANGELIS HONDA 1'58.056 1.386
8 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1'58.105 1.435
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'58.110 1.440
10 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'58.140 1.470
11 33 Marco MELANDRI KAWASAKI 1'58.153 1.483
12 14 Randy DEPUNIET HONDA 1'58.471 1.801
13 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'58.493 1.823
14 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'58.775 2.105
15 88 Niccolo CANEPA DUCATI 1'58.835 2.165
16 41 Gabor TALMACSI HONDA 1'59.020 2.350
17 84 Michel FABRIZIO DUCATI 1'59.147 2.477

Best times from the 250 class, to compare against the Blusens Moto2 bike David de Gea

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 58 Marco SIMONCELLI GILERA 2'02.330  
2 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA APRILIA 2'02.426 0.096
3 75 Mattia PASINI APRILIA 2'02.485 0.155
4 4 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 2'02.686 0.356
5 63 Mike DI MEGLIO APRILIA 2'02.763 0.433
6 35 Raffaele DE ROSA HONDA 2'02.862 0.532
7 15 Roberto LOCATELLI GILERA 2'02.912 0.582
8 40 Hector BARBERA APRILIA 2'02.919 0.589
9 16 Jules CLUZEL APRILIA 2'03.436 1.106
10 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT HONDA 2'03.481 1.151
11 6 Alex DEBON APRILIA 2'03.511 1.181
12 55 Hector FAUBEL HONDA 2'03.568 1.238
13 52 Lukas PESEK APRILIA 2'03.990 1.660
14 48 Shoya TOMIZAWA HONDA 2'04.320 1.990
15 53 Valentin DEBISE HONDA 2'06.036 3.706

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Comments

And Capirossi is half a second quicker than on race day. Looks like Suzuki might have found something.