2017 Brno MotoGP Test Times Final: Rossi Fastest In Post-Race Test

Final test times at the end of the post-race test in Brno:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:55.162    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:55.180 0.018 0.018
3 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:55.335 0.173 0.155
4 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:55.542 0.380 0.207
5 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:55.691 0.529 0.149
6 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:55.768 0.606 0.077
7 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:55.795 0.633 0.027
8 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:55.830 0.668 0.035
9 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.123 0.961 0.293
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.263 1.101 0.140
11 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:56.403 1.241 0.140
12 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:56.535 1.373 0.132
13 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:56.634 1.472 0.099
14 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.637 1.475 0.003
15 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:56.668 1.506 0.031
16 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:56.976 1.814 0.308
17 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:57.851 2.689 0.875
18 12 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 1:59.749 4.587 1.898
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This surely must add to Rossi & Yamaha's disappointment at getting it so wrong in the race.

Recent results suggest Pol has found a step forward aboard the RC16 that Bradley's still searching for. Any insight into whether they're both following the same development path? 

I believe from what was said in the recent test at Aragon, all the KTM riders are following the same development path. Someone mentioned whether or not Bradley's still having issues with getting the best out of the Michelins? When you think he finished 6th in 2015, but struggled massively last year, and so far in 2017, Pol has generally had the measure of him. He definately needs to find something soon.

It's a little bit concerning the current situation of several British riders in the main class. Sam Lowes I don't feel has been good enough this season, regardless of the support (or lack) from Aprilla, Redding may end up in World Superbikes next season if he can't get a ride in MotoGP. Bradley at least has a two year deal at KTM and I can't see them changing when all the main contracts are settled now, but come 2019, if KTM are serious about getting podiums/wins in the long run, they need to get hold of a really good rider to get to that stage. And between the current two, you'd definately keep Pol. Bradley is a good development rider as well as analiticial, but KTM basically have that already in Kallio. Come 2019 it could just be Crutchlow as the sole Brit in the field.

KTM are ultimately going to need someone who can push the boundries a bit more than Smith. I'd love to see Marquez return to KTM one day, when he's done and dusted with Honda. There's the Ducati links, but I think a KTM reunion would be a better fit for him potentially, should they get to the level where the bike is good enough to challenge for wins.