The weather in Jerez for the private test for a number of Moto2, MotoGP and WSBK teams looks like more than making up for the washed out test at Valencia last week, with the first day of testing taking place under blue skies and warm temperatures, conditions which look set to stay all week. The day saw a variety of bikes taking to the track, with Ducati's test team, a handful of top Moto2 teams, and another sprinkling of MotoGP CRT machines running alongside the BMW World Superbike squad.
As it is a private test, no official times were released, but a raft of unofficial times were made available and assembled by the excellent Spanish site MotoWorld.es. Fastest man of the day - very unofficially - was Carlo Checa, the 2011 World Superbike champion gathering data with the "GPZero" version of the Desmosedici MotoGP bike, the aluminium-framed version of the GP12 with identical dimensions to the bike with the carbon fiber subframe and the engine as a stressed member. Unsurprisingly, Checa was 1.8 seconds faster than the Moto2 machines, Scott Redding having been quickest on the Marc VDS Racing Kalex, despite a morning crash which trashed his bike.
Much was made of Redding being faster on his 600cc Moto2 machine than Colin Edwards, the fastest of the CRT MotoGP machines. Redding was a whole second faster than Edwards, but the Marc VDS rider was also a tenth of a second quicker than Leon Haslam on the BMW S1000RR World Superbike machine. This was Edwards' first ride aboard the Suter BMW, and his first ride since surgery to fix his shoulder after the crash in Sepang less than four weeks ago. Edwards was seven tenths quicker than Ivan Silva, this time riding the FTR Kawasaki being run by the BQR team, rather than the Spanish Inmotec 800 he tested at Valencia. BQR teammate Yonny Hernandez was 1.6 seconds slower than Silva, and 2.3 seconds off the pace of Edwards.
Redding's adaptation to the Kalex Moto2 is going swimmingly. Apart from the crash in the morning, the young Briton has gotten quickly up to speed, and half a second faster than Pol Espargaro on the Pons Kalex bike, another rider who switched. Espargaro in turn was a tenth faster than his teammate Tito Rabat, who was tied with Redding's teammate Mika Kallio and Gino Rea, still testing for the Gresini Moto2 team, and still with nothing signed for 2012. Bradley Smith continued work on the 2012 Tech 3 machine, ending the day 1.2 seconds slower than his fellow Brit Redding, but ahead of 2010 Moto2 champion Toni Elias, the first of the Suter riders on the timesheets.
Unofficial times, courtesy of MotoWorld.es:
|1||Carlos Checa||Ducati GP12||MotoGP||1:41.0|
|3||Leon Haslam||BMW S1000RR||SBK||1:42.9||1.9||0.1|
|15||Alex De Angelis||Suter||Moto2||1:44.9||3.9||0.0|
|16||Marco Melandri||BMW S1000RR||SBK||1:44.9||3.9||0.0|
2011 MotoGP Pole: Casey Stoner, 1'38.757
2011 Moto2 Pole: Stefan Bradl, 1'42.706