Dani Pedrosa, who came within half a lap of home victory at Jerez on Sunday, was back on top of the timesheets during Monday's MotoGP test session.
The priority for the Repsol Honda rider at the test was his continued quest for more stability from his RC21V, for which he worked on suspension set-up and put more laps on a modified chassis, but he also tried a new engine specification with a tamer power delivery.
Pedrosa was immediately fast and set his quickest time - of 1min 39.425sec - on only his fifth lap. That was three tenths inside the new race lap record the Spaniard set yesterday. The #26 emerged unscathed from a fall towards the end of the session and ended the day in an upbeat mood.
“This was a useful day of testing and we spent some time working in detail on suspension adjustments - some of the things we didn't have the time to test in the pre-season because we were focusing on other issues,” he said.
“We also tried a modified spec engine and collected some information for the development engineers, but it's too early to say whether it's a step forward yet because we only had two runs out of the pits with it.
“The crash was a little strange and I wasn't expecting it, but the important thing is that I'm not hurt and I can look forward to Le Mans which is a circuit I've raced well at before. I'm looking forward to the next round.”
Lap times were extremely close at the top with second fastest Valentino Rossi just 0.055sec behind Pedrosa and his Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo - winner of Sunday's race - 0.081sec from the top.