Jorge Lorenzo has finished the first day of a rain-lashed Jerez test on top of the timesheets, getting within 8 seconds of the lap record despite a soaking track. The day started dismally, with a lot of heavy rain and only a few riders circulating, but shortly after 2pm the rain let up sufficiently to allow everyone but the Aspar riders Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaro to go out and chase a wet set up. The rain returned in force some time around 5pm, causing most of the MotoGP men to return to their boxes, with only a few men, including Ducati test rider Michele Pirro, running through more laps.
Lorenzo was fast for most of the session, as was Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa, who had seized the lead as soon as he took to the track. But with just four sets of wet tires to use for the entire test, and Jerez' abrasive asphalt tearing up the rears on the 1000cc MotoGP machines, securing the top spot was mainly a question of timing. Lorenzo set his fastest lap right at the point where there were no more rivers of rainwater crossing the track, giving him a lead of over a second over Pedrosa, who had been lapping earlier on.
Marc Marquez also came good at the end of the test, the young Spaniard taking 3rd spot just five hundredths of a second behind his Repsol teammate, while Pramac Ducati's Andrea Iannone put on a late charge to grab 4th, ahead of Ducati test rider Michele Pirro, who spent a lot of time on the bike today. Valentino Rossi ended the day in 6th, 2 seconds behind his teammate and a second behind Pedrosa and Marquez, a victim of timing with the two sets of tires he used today, while Ducati's Nicky Hayden just edged Monster Tech 3 rider Cal Crutchlow for 7th. Stefan Bradl was 9th on the LCR Honda, ending just ahead of Andrea Dovizioso on the second factory Ducati.
Times from Day 1:
|5||51||Michele Pirro||Ducati Test||1:49.292||1.869||0.308|
|12||68||Yonny Hernandez||FTR Kawasaki||1:51.269||3.846||0.312|
|14||17||Karel Abraham||Aprilia ART||1:51.333||3.910||0.056|
|15||71||Claudio Corti||FTR Kawasaki||1:52.034||4.611||0.701|
|17||9||Danilo Petrucci||Suter BMW||1:52.180||4.757||0.133|
|18||8||Hector Barbera||FTR Kawasaki||1:52.291||4.868||0.111|
|19||7||Hiroshi Aoyama||FTR Kawasaki||1:52.676||5.253||0.385|
|20||5||Colin Edwards||FTR Kawasaki||1:53.992||6.569||1.316|
|21||67||Bryan Staring||FTR Honda||1:56.119||8.696||2.127|
|22||52||Lukas Pesek||FTR Kawasaki||1:56.413||8.990||0.294|