Sunday, March 25, 2012

Frenetic final day at Jerez as teams make up lost time

Wasting no time after Saturday's frustrations at Jerez, all 21 MotoGP™ riders were out on track by shortly after 11am local time, as a busy workload began on the final day of the Official Test. With the sun shining and the track measuring a cool but not inhospitable 22ºC, conditions were much closer to ideal than they had been the previous day.

By the time proceedings had reached the midway point at 2pm local time, Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) had gone fastest, breaking the 1'39” barrier for the first time during the Test with a fast lap of 1'38.953. The Spaniard was the only rider to have dipped into the 1'38”s by halfway, with Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) the closest to him in a time of 1'39.157 (+0.204s).

Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) was the only other rider to get within a full second of Lorenzo (+0.332s) as the majority of the teams and riders focused on working their way through the checklists they had originally intended to make headway with on Saturday.

Official MotoGP™ tyre supplier Bridgestone also took advantage of the greatly improved conditions to roll out a new specification front compound for evaluation by a selection of riders.

Race simulations will be the order of the day for a number of teams in the afternoon as they attempt to gather as much information as possible for their return to the track and the second round of the season in late April.

source: MotoGP Official

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