2009 Brno Post-Race Test Times

The bikes are out on track at the final test of the year at Brno, and the first times are starting to appear. The field is still a little empty, as Valentino Rossi is yet to emerge from his motorhome, while the Tech 3 Yamahas of Colin Edwards and James Toseland have been crated up ready for their journey to the next Grand Prix at Indianapolis. Randy de Puniet is giving his fractured ankle a rest.

The Hondas are out testing Ohlins suspension, in a move which could mirror their switch in World Superbikes, where the factory-backed Ten Kate team has made a similar switch to Ohlins. Now that Yamaha has sold the Swedish suspension firm back to its founder, Honda feels comfortable testing the shocks as possible replacements for the Showa units which are produced by a Honda subsidiary.

As it's still early, the times are not much to write home about, though Dani Pedrosa has already dropped into the 1'56 bracket. What is interesting is that David de Gea is circulating on the Blusens Moto2 bike, putting in some important tire testing for Dunlop. At 11am, his times would have made him the 15th fastest rider during the 250 race.

More updates as the day goes on.

Times at 11am (courtesy of GPOne.com):

Pos. Rider Bike Time Best lap Total laps
1 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'56.961 5 10
2 Toni Elias Honda 1'58.218 5 5
3 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 1'58.305 1 19
4 Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1'58.311 8 9
5 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1'58.326 5 13
6 Marco Melandri Hayate 1'58.491 4 12
7 Mika Kallio Ducati 1'58.681 7 18
8 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1'58.764 6 15
9 Niccolo Canepa Ducati 1'59.245 16 17
10 Gabor Talmacsi Honda 2'00.078 6 7
11 Mattia Pasini Ducati 2'02.028 14 15
12 David De Gea BluSens Moto2 2'05.982 8 9
13 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2'06.773 2 2

Fastest lap during the race:

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

Fastest lap for the top fifteen 250cc riders, for comparison with the Moto2 bike:

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

Vermeulen knocks almost half a second off his best race laptime?!?! What's he playing at.....