Testing has been underway now for a couple of hours at Mugello, with 16 riders from the MotoGP class staying on at the Italian track. Busiest factory will be Honda, with HRC having brought both a brand new bike - a version of the RC213V originally planned to be raced during the 2013 season, but brought forward to see if it provides a cure for the problems Honda is encountering with the new Bridgestone tires - as well as a new spec engine, aimed at improving rideability. They will also be working on one or two solutions to the chatter they have with the current bike.
Ducati also have a new engine to test, though the modifications are very minor. This is the driveability improvement package which Ducati is hoping will make the Desmosedici's power delivery easier to control, and also easier on the tires. There are also one or two modifications to the chassis, though not a new frame itself. This is said to change the weight distribution of the bike in an attempt to help the understeer which is still the GP12's biggest problem.
At Yamaha, they are testing some electronics modifcations to improve the drive out of corners, but other than that, they have the least work to do. The work falls solely on the shoulders of Jorge Lorenzo, as Ben Spies is skipping the test due to the bout of food poisoning he suffered yesterday. The satellite teams are mainly just working on setup solutions for the rest of the season, while Yonny Hernandex and Ivan Silva are working on setup with the new FTR chassis they have received for their CRT bike. Colin Edwards is likely to be the busiest man of the weekend, as he will be testing both the old and new Suter BMW CRT bike, and comparing it against the FTR Honda used by Michele Pirro and the FTR Kawasaki used by Hernandez and Silva. He had also planned to test the Speed Master Aprilia ART machine, but the Speed Master team have decided to skip the test, as have PBM with James Ellison.
Times at noon:
|11||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia ART||1:50.710||2.974||0.706|
|12||Randy de Puniet||Aprilia ART||1:51.085||3.349||0.375|
|13||Yonny Hernandez||FTR Kawasaki||1:51.686||3.950||0.601|
|14||Michele Pirro||FTR Honda||1:52.122||4.386||0.436|
|15||Ivan Silva||FTR Kawasaki||1:53.826||6.090||1.704|