The Monday test after Mugello was one of the most anticipated occasions in recent memory. For that was to be the first time that the media - and therefore vicariously, the fans - would get a chance to see all three of the factory MotoGP bikes due to be raced next season. Most of the shine has now come off that test, though: After Ducati and Honda let it slip that they would not be testing their 2012 machines at Mugello a week on Monday, today, Yamaha announced that they, too, had decided against taking their 1000cc M1 on track at the test. Instead, Yamaha will wait until the post-race test at Brno in mid-August before putting factory riders Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo on the machine.
The absence of the main factories - Suzuki's plans for 2012 are shrouded in mystery, the most likely scenario being that the factory will continue to race their 800 against the 1000s - from the test is not just a disappointment for the fans, it also frustrates the plans of the teams looking at competing as a CRT entry. Plans had been made to test the BMW-powered Suter 1000cc machine at Mugello, with several teams looking to that test - the first running of a CRT bike up against the factory 1000s - to gain an understanding of just how the CRT machines compare. On the basis of the time difference between the CRT bike and the factory bikes, teams could decide to look at obtaining a satellite machine from one of the existing manufacturers instead. Now, all they will have is the difference between the lap times of the 800s and that of the CRT bikes being tested.
Below is the Yamaha press release:
Yamaha postpones 1st 2012 1000cc prototype test
Gerno di Lesmo, 27th June 2011
Yamaha Factory Racing has made the decision to re-schedule the planned Mugello 1000cc test for the 2012 bike.
To allow for further time for the development of the bike the decision has been made to postpone the test to a later date.
The new plan foresees Yamaha's 2012 1000cc prototype tested by Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies following the Czech Republic round of the MotoGP World Championship at the Brno circuit