MotoGP » Mugello MotoGP test times - Monday 11am

MotoGP lap times as of 11am, during Monday's post-race test session at Mugello.

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July 16, 2012 10:30 AM

Just to add a few notes:

Yamaha Factory continuing to evaluate a new engine profile and updated electronics package.

Tech 3 at the test but no upgrades or new parts.

And no Ben Spies due to illness.

ooo - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 10:53 AM

Casey Stoner currently half a second up on his rivals with only Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo within 1 second.
Well if the times stay like that, JL99's pants might smell a bit come the end of the day...

mr x - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 11:11 AM

a new bike for stoner & pedrosa?? if they use the 'new bike' for the rest of the season does it not mean they have to start from pit lane???


July 16, 2012 11:20 AM

@Mr X no it doesn't. However Honda are saying that the bike is "all new" which would mean new engines. So they only get as many new engines as they have left unused. That is to say that if Dani and Casey have used three engines each so far (a reasonable estimate) then they can only have three of these new engines. And of course if they wreck those new engines they will either be going back to the old, used engines or starting from pit lane.


July 16, 2012 11:24 AM

When it comes to new engines the recent rule change could put Ducati at a disadvantage.

Rumours early season were that Ducati were running below the full litre to make the most of their desmodromic systems high rpm advantage. Presumably the way to do this would be the full 81mm bore, but a short stroke. If that were the case they always had the option of lengthening the stroke and going to the full litre, thus maybe losing out on high rpm but gaining torque and having a softer delivery.

The new rule on retaining the same bore and stroke throughout the season will prevent that. So assuming they are down on capacity they will stay there for the rest of the year.

The new rule was allegedly introduced at the request of Honda. Make of that what you will.

pp916 - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 11:26 AM

Repsol Honda are still on their original engines from the start of the season according to info given at the weekend, the new bike would coincide with their 1st engine change if that is so, plenty of engines in hand it would appear.

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