The second day of testing ended very similarly to the first, with Hondas leading the way. Bradl spent much of the day running amongst the factory bikes, although he didn't make the leap into the 2:03's alongside Marquez and Pedrosa.
The Yamaha riders logged over 60 laps each, making the most of their last day of testing. Rossi is now jetting off to Brazil for a prior engagement, while Lorenzo is presumably preparing to be hung tomorrow over after cruising SXSW with X-Games stars and Jesse James.
Grip was less of an issue by the end of the day, although still short of ideal. Pedrosa experimented with the asymmetric Bridgestones, flipping the medium left/soft right to a soft left/medium right configuration (don't try this with your BT-003's) to help solve some of the front-end grip issues he was experiencing. It's hard to say if anything particular about the track is to Pedrosa's liking, but he seemed more comfortable with his results from today.
The Honda riders, including Bradl, will remain on track for one more day of testing. Gearing will likely be an area of focus as the riders try to find the best compromise among the technical combinations of slow corners, flowing chicanes and high speed straights.
Mike Barnes went down hard on the GP Tech bike, and the team will not be returning to test tomorrow. Blake Young exhibited visible frustration in the pits with set up issues, but was able to improve somewhat on the sizeable gap to the front runners. Life is certainly not easy for these CRT teams.
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Based on a pit lane conversation, I got the impression that Alberto Puig might be moving to Austin.