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Lorenzo tops morning session at MotoGP™ test in Mugello

Lorenzo tops morning session at MotoGP™ test in Mugello

The third official in-season MotoGP™ test got underway at Mugello this morning with Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo topping the timesheets in the first part of the session ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow.

Lorenzo, fresh off the back of him dominant win at the track yesterday, was one of the first riders out on track this morning as he sought to try out a new software package for his Yamaha M1. His time of 1:47’435 was just marginally below the time he set in Saturday’s qualifying at the track, yet put him over one tenth clear at the top of the pile. Teammate Ben Spies, who has suffered from food poisoning since yesterday, is not taking part in the day’s proceedings. The Repsol Honda Team has taken the big step to bring its 2013 prototype racer to the test, one for each rider, in order to solve the chattering issues both Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa have been having so far this season. Pedrosa’s time was only fractionally slower than Lorenzo in second, while Stoner posted the fifth quickest time.

For the Ducati Team today is day one of a four-day test schedule at the track, during which it will be testing a raft of different parts and settings to take its bike a step closer to competing with the factory Yamahas and Hondas. Test rider Franco Battaini is spending the day working alongside Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden, to help evaluate the much anticipated upgrades the team had announced for the Laguna Seca round in just under two weeks. Both posted times in the mid 1.48s with Hayden currently lying in seventh and Rossi in eighth.

Monster Yamaha Tech3 duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow are focussing their efforts on race set-up, in particular focussing on improving corner speed. Both looked on the pace in the morning session as the Brit went into the lunch-break in third place, with his teammate narrowly behind in fourth. LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl is evaluating new brake pads and a new master cylinder for enhanced braking performance, as well as testing new Öhlins front forks and rear suspension. In addition, the team plans to try out new geometry settings on the bike. He has not broken the 1.48 barrier this morning, yet currently lies in sixth. Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá, who did well to qualify on the front row for the Italian race, is working on new electronics and set-up with his team. He only completed seven laps this morning and ended the session in 11th.

Amongst the CRT field, the most notable test is that of NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards, who this morning turned some laps on San Carlo Honda Gresini’s FTR-Honda, as well as his Suter-BMW machine. Edwards has stated that he will be also be test the BQR-FTR machine of Avintia Blusens’ Yonny Hernandez later on in the day. San Carlo’s Michele Pirro was also out on track, trying to resolve the mechanical issues that have plagued him in the last two races. The Power Electronics Aspar team has tasked Aleix Espargaró to test a new frame, whilst Randy de Puniet is evaluating a new fairing. Avintia’s Iván Silva is undertaking tests on the part-carbon Inmotec chassis to aid with its development, although the team has stated it will continue with the FTR chassis this season. Espargaró is currently lapping the quickest of the CRT bunch, having set the tenth fastest time of the morning.

Speed Master’s Mattia Pasini, Paul Bird Motorsport’s James Ellison, Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci, as well as Cardion AB Racing’s Karel Abraham are absent from the test.

MotoGP, 2012

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