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Business begins at Brno test

Business begins at Brno test

The one-day test at the Czech Republic circuit got underway in sunshine on Monday and by the 1pm break local time Jorge Lorenzo had recorded the fastest lap, as the MotoGP class set about working on their prototypes.

The official one-day test following the Cardion ab Grand Prix Czech Republic started in sunshine at the Brno circuit on Monday morning, as a busy paddock began testing options for the remainder of the current season and next year. Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo concentrated on perfecting aspects of his 2010 factory M1 in the first half of the day, and by the lunch break had gone 0.239s quicker than Dani Pedrosa’s pole position time from the weekend’s race with a best lap of 1’56.269.

Ducati Team pair Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden worked on a new front fork as they sought suspension solutions for the Desmosedici GP10, with the American finishing the day early due to the injury he sustained in qualifying on Saturday and in tenth position. If successful the new component is likely to be used in the next round at Indianapolis. Stoner was second quickest on the timesheet at 0.575s behind Lorenzo.

Pedrosa was third fastest on a Honda test bike at 0.675s off Lorenzo, a machine he had completed six laps on by 1pm. Prior to that the Repsol Honda rider did 22 laps on his 2010 RC212V and escaped unharmed from a fall, as he worked on the braking performance of his factory bike. Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was also testing similar options and had the seventh best time.

Valentino Rossi was trying a new Yamaha engine that could be used towards the end of the season, and also focused on solving the set-up issues he encountered in yesterday’s race. The Italian was fourth fastest by 1pm.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Ben Spies was riding a new 2011 M1 prototype which he will focus on for the entire day, and by midday the American was ninth fastest after a progressive morning’s work. Team-mate Colin Edwards concentrated on engine management and chassis geometry on his machine and was sixth.

Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) was also inside the top ten times at eighth quickest at the interval. The Italian is working on a modified chassis and a completely new one for 2011 on the GSV-R, as well as different forks and aerodynamics.

The first rider on track was Hiroshi Aoyama (Interwetten Honda MotoGP) who took to the asphalt at 9.15am local time. It is the Japanese rider’s first time back on his RC212V since his crash at Silverstone almost two months ago, and by 1pm he had completed 45 laps as he aims to rebuild his feeling on the machine.

Héctor Barberá (Páginas Amarillas Aspar), Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team), Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team), Aleix Espargaró (Pramac Racing), Mika Kallio (Pramac Racing) and Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) had all also been on track, with former MotoGP rider Sylvain Guintoli also present to help Suzuki test.

You can see the official test times by clicking here.


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