Jorge Lorenzo got his first taste of the 1000cc 2012 Yamaha during a one-day test following the Czech Grand Prix.
The post-race Brno test has provided Grand Prix with its clearest picture yet of the 1000cc MotoGP future. Yamaha debuted its 2012 prototype at the Brno test, joining Honda and Marc VDS Racing in the liter-sized testing ranks at the Czech circuit. Ducati, which has tested its 1000cc earlier this season, did not utilize the 2012 machine at the Brno test.
Factory riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies had their first taste of the 1000cc Yamaha prototype on Monday, the duo turning the second and third-fastest laps at the one-day test. Only Brno race-winner Casey Stoner outpaced the Factory Yamahas, with the Australian spending the entire day on Honda’s 2012 RC213V. Stoner’s Respsol teammate, Dani Pedrosa, was fourth-fastest in his debut on the 2012 Honda.
Lorenzo and Spies split the day on the 2012 machine and their 800cc M1. Defending champion Lorenzo, still in the 2011 title hunt despite losing ground to Stoner on Sunday, made 58 laps on the 800 – working on a new engine spec to close the gap on the dominating Honda. The Spaniard then jumped onto the 1000cc 2012 bike, where he turned 28 laps, his fastest (1’56.253) only 0.085 off Stoner’s leading pace.
Casey Stoner was fastest in the post race test at Brno, the Australian utilizing the 2012 Honda (top). The one-day Brno test was Dani Pedrosa’s debut on the 2012 Honda (bottom).
Spies opted for a less strenuous routine, with 15 laps on the 800 and 14 on the 1000. The American is still recovering from a nerve issue that hindered his fifth-place result on Sunday. An encouraging start for the Yamaha 1000cc project, both factory riders were faster on the 2012 and well within striking distance of the leading Honda.
The Repsol Honda duo of Stoner and Pedrosa were the only Honda men to make use of the RC213V. Repsol’s third rider, Andrea Dovizioso, did not participate in the test and was passed over during an earlier opportunity to test the 2012 machine when Pedrosa was injured following the Le Mans GP. Toni Elias was the other Honda man at the test, ninth-fastest on the LCR Honda .
Another 1000cc bike on the testing grid was the BMW-powered Marc VDS Racing entry. One of the controversial Claiming Rule Teams (CRT) of the upcoming 1000cc era, the Marc VDS project utilizes a Suter chassis and is powered by a production-based BMW S1000RR Inline Four. Former Pramac Racing MotoGP rider and current Marc VDS Moto2 competitor Mika Kallio piloted the machine to 81 laps and 13th on the timesheet, nearly four seconds behind Stoner’s pace.
Ducati opted not to test its 1000cc machine at Brno. Instead, Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden worked on the 800cc bike, placing a respective 10th and seventh on the timesheet. Rossi worked both the GP11 and the GP11.1. Following the seven-time premier class champ was Pramac Racing’s Loris Capirossi, the only satellite Ducati to participate in the test.
The Tech 3 Yamaha duo of Cal Crutchlow and Colin Edwards did not sample the 2012 bike, pacing their 2011 M1 to eighth and 12th on the timesheet.
Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio tested the Suter chassis and BMW-powered 1000cc project at the Brno post-race test.
2011 MotoGP Brno Post-Race Test Results:
1. Casey Stoner (Honda 1000cc) 1’56.168 (57 laps)
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha 1000cc) 1’56.253 (28 laps)
3. Ben Spies (Yamaha 1000cc) 1’56.306 (24 laps)
4. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1’56.727 (58 laps)
5. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 1’57.184 (15 laps)
6. Dani Pedrosa (Honda 1000cc) 1’57.264 (37 laps)
7. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 1’57.533 (78 laps)
8. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1’57.591 (74 laps)
9. Toni Elias (Honda) 1’57.903 (56 laps)
10. Valentino Rossi (Ducati)1’58.266 (74 laps)
11. Loris Capirossi (Ducati)1’58.387 (66 laps)
12. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 1’58.492 (44 laps)
13. Mika Kallio (Marc VDS 1000cc) 2’00.144 (81 laps)