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Lorenzo on top again as Brno test concludes

Lorenzo on top again as Brno test concludes

Jorge Lorenzo’s best time from this morning, a scorching 1’56.171s lap of Brno, made him the fastest rider in Monday’s MotoGP test.

Fiat Yamaha pair Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were the top dogs again in Monday’s post Czech GP test at Brno, as the young Spanish star tried to bounce back from the disappointment of his second successive DNF in Sunday’s race.

Rain showers in the afternoon restricted the testing somewhat, though in the final hour before 6pm several riders did go back out onto the track as it dried out. None of them were able to beat Lorenzo’s morning best, but Rossi did move into second place on the timesheet in the final hour with a lap time of 1’56.747s.

The top five behind the Yamaha factory twosome was completed by Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso in third and fifth places respectively, Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) slotting in between them in fourth. For more details of what the teams were testing see today’s earlier report.

Lorenzo said of the test, “Yamaha have provided me with lots of new material to try. I have been surprised actually by how many new components they have been able to provide over the course of the season despite the economic situation. I have been trying chassis modifications and testing our electronics settings. Also we’ve looked at some clutch settings to see if we can improve our race starts. We won’t have these updates on the bike in Indianapolis but it is possible we could have them for Misano and Estoril.”

Brno post GP Monday test – best times – number of laps in brackets
1. J. Lorenzo - Fiat Yamaha - 1’56.2 (52)
2. V. Rossi - Fiat Yamaha - 1’56.6 (38)
3. D. Pedrosa - Repsol Honda - 1’56.7 (53)
4. L. Capirossi - Rizla Suzuki - 1’57.5 (43)
5. A. Dovizioso - Repsol Honda - 1’57.8 (53)
6. T. Elias - San Carlo Honda Gresini - 1’57.8 (39)
7. C. Vermeulen - Rizla Suzuki - 1’57.9 (61)
8. N. Hayden - Ducati Marlboro - 1’57.9 (64)
9. M. Melandri - Hayate Racing - 1’58.0 (56)
10. M. Kallio - Ducati Marlboro - 1’58.1 (65)
11. N. Canepa - Pramac Racing - 1’58.1 (69)
12. G. Talmacsi - Scott Racing - 1’59.0 (58)
13. M. Pasini - Pramac Racing - 1’59.6 (66)

MotoGP, 2009, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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