Jorge Lorenzo went a small way towards putting his Czech Republic Grand Prix disaster behind him with a scorching lap time in Monday's post race test at Brno.
The young Spaniard, who crashed out of Sunday's race with five laps to go - just one lap after taking the lead from Fiat Yamaha team-mate and title rival Valentino Rossi - returned to set a best lap time of 1min 56.171sec at the test.
That lap time was 0.499sec under the fastest race lap, also set by Lorenzo, and 0.451sec ahead of second fastest Rossi. Lorenzo set the time during the morning - with rain showers interrupting the afternoon running - and tried a new clutch setting, different engine maps and some new chassis parts for 2010.
“Today was a profitable day and we worked on a lot of different things, especially electronics,” said Lorenzo, who completed 52 laps. “I felt comfortable and I could ride in the 56.1's, which was good after yesterday. In the last hour I worked on my starts because this is something I need to improve.
“After lunch it began to rain and so I didn't go back on track until 1630, but I hope that everything we've done today will help us in Indianapolis. I'm not thinking about the championship now because it's very difficult unless something strange happens, but I want to try to be back at the front and I'm looking forward to the next race,” he added.
Rossi, who will start the final six rounds of the season with a 50 point lead over Lorenzo, used the day to try a new chassis and engine specification for possibly use of next year's YZR-M1. The Italian's best test time effectively matched his best race lap.
“It's always hard to go back to work after a great win like yesterday but it was an important chance to try some things for the future,” commented Rossi. “Before lunch we did a run with the new chassis, it has some good points and some bad ones and we were able to collect some data.
“Unfortunately it rained in the lunch break and so we couldn't ride for a lot of the afternoon because of the wet rack, but it dried enough for us to do some more work at the end. This time we could really concentrate on doing a proper job testing the chassis and the new engine specification, and I was quite fast. Now we have a short break and then it's on to Indianapolis!” added the five time 2009 race winner.
Repsol Honda also had plenty of parts to test, including Ohlins suspension, which Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso ran back-to-back with their usual Showa systems. Ohlins is already used by all Honda's MotoGP rivals, but at present the only RCV team to run the units are LCR Honda.