Casey Stoner was the fastest of the 1000cc riders at the end of the one-day test at Brno, the Repsol Honda rider putting in a fast lap at the end of the day to get close to the pole record of the circuit, but coming just a couple of hundredths short. Stoner was expected to be fast - this is his third day of testing on the 2012 Honda RC213V - but the big surprise came from the Yamahas, both Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies getting within a couple of tenths of Stoner's time on their first outing on Yamaha's 1000cc MotoGP machine. Dani Pedrosa was the slowest of the 1000cc riders, setting a time not much faster than the time he set during the race. The feedback from all of the 1000cc riders was positive, with the Spies and Lorenzo being especially impressed by the work that Yamaha had done to make the bike so competitive so early.
Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest of the 800cc riders, the Yamaha riders sharing their time between the new 1000 and the 800cc bike with an uprated engine. Ben Spies finished just under half a second behind his teammate on the 800, but Spies did only limited testing, still suffering with the pinched nerve in his neck. The new engine was an improvement, both riders said, boosting power throughout the rev range, though Lorenzo was at pains to point out it as just a small step.
Nicky Hayden was the fastest of the Ducati riders, spending all day on the GP11.1 and verifying that now is the right time to make the switch to the new machine, while teammate Valentino Rossi was much slower, but that had been part of the plan, Ducati's MotoGP chief Filippo Preziosi explained, for Ducati's plan for Rossi was to provide a lot of input data on weight distribution and geometry for the factory to take back and work with.
The satellite riders out on track all improved their times, with Cal Crutchlow, Toni Elias, Loris Capirossi and Colin Edwards posting faster times than during the race, though Edwards' improvement was only marginal. The biggest improvement came from Toni Elias, the LCR Honda rider bettering his race time by a full second, providing hope for the rest of the season.
Mika Kallio put in a full day's testing on the Suter/BMW CRT machine, and the bike was posting vastly improved times from Mugello. At that test 6 weeks ago, the Suter machine was over 6 seconds off the pace of the Honda 800s. Here at Brno - a track with a 10 second longer lap time - the Suter had cut the deficit to just under 4 seconds from the Honda 1000. Such clear progress was necessary for the future of CRT project, and the improvement shows that the bikes at least have potential.
The Brno test was the last test of the 800cc era, with the next official test of the 1000s due to take place after the Misano round of MotoGP, where the Ducati, Honda and Yamaha 1000s will face each other for the first time.
Final times at the end of the test:
|Pos||Rider||Bike||Time||Diff||Prev||Best Race Lap||Race Diff|
|1||Casey Stoner||Honda 1000||1:56.168||1:57.191||-1.023|
|2||Jorge Lorenzo||Yamaha 1000||1:56.253||0.085||0.085||1:57.636||-1.383|
|3||Ben Spies||Yamaha 1000||1:56.306||0.138||0.053||1:57.726||-1.420|
|4||Jorge Lorenzo||Yamaha 800||1:56.727||0.559||0.421||1:57.636||-0.909|
|5||Ben Spies||Yamaha 800||1:57.184||1.016||
|6||Dani Pedrosa||Honda 1000||1:57.264||1.096||0.080||1:57.518||-0.254|
|7||Nicky Hayden||Ducati GP11.1||1:57.533||1.365||0.269||1:58.264||-0.731|
|8||Cal Crutchlow||Yamaha 800||1:57.591||1.423||0.058||1:58.362||-0.771|
|9||Toni Elias||Honda 800||1:57.903||1.735||0.312||1:58.971||-1.068|
|10||Valentino Rossi||Ducati GP11.1||1:58.266||2.098||0.363||1:57.844||+0.422|
|11||Loris Capirossi||Ducati GP11||1:58.387||2.219||0.121||1:59.139||-0.752|
|12||Colin Edwards||Yamaha 800||1:58.492||2.324||0.105||1:58.552||-0.060|
|13||Mika Kallio*||Suter/BMW 1000||2:00.144||3.976||1.652||2:04.227||-4.083|
"Best Race Lap" is the fastest lap set by the respective rider during Sunday's race. "Race Diff" is the difference between the time set during the test and the fastest race lap, a negative number (-) means the test time was faster, a positive number (+) means the test time was slower than the race.
* Time set on the Marc VDS Suter Moto2 bike during the Moto2 race