2011 Brno Post-Race MotoGP Test Times At 10:15: Stoner Fastest On 1000 Honda

Casey Stoner is so far the fastest man on track at the post-race MotoGP test at Brno, the Repsol Honda rider already circulating under his fastest race lap time on the 1000cc RC213V. Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies are 2nd and 3rd fastest, the Yamaha riders still on the 800cc Yamaha M1, testing a new engine. The Yamahas are ahead of the Ducatis, Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden running back-to-back comparisons between the GP11 and GP11.1 version of the Desmosedici. 

Times from 10:15 am local:

Pos Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 Casey Stoner Honda 1'56.678    
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'57.081 0.403 0.403
3 Ben Spies Yamaha 1'57.494 0.816 0.413
4 Valentino Rossi Ducati 1'58.266 1.588 0.772
5 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1'58.545 1.867 0.279
6 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'58.551 1.873 0.006
7 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1'58.891 2.213 0.340
8 Toni Elias Honda 1'58.961 2.283 0.070
9 Loris Capirossi Ducati 2'00.315 3.637 1.354
10 Mika Kallio* Suter/BMW 2'02.689 6.011 2.374


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I'd call 6 seconds a lot more than just a bit. 6 seconds is welcome to being lapped every race. They need to at least halve that gap to be worth anyone running the Suter/BMW bike next year.

I have serious doubts about Dorna's assertion that there will be 20+ bikes on next year's grid. My bet is we'll be lucky to have 18.

But they are only 3.7 an 4 seconds down on an RC211V or an M1, respectively. I still think it's early to say that a bike with probably under 40 hours on track is in trouble. I think they can halve that gap with more time with the tires and 6 more months of development.

Hopefully his appearance is just a formality.