The factory Yamaha outfit has revealed that it has elected to postpone the first test of its 2012 prototype until after the Czech Republic round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship at Brno later this summer.
Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and team-mate Ben Spies – a first-time premier class-winner at Assen on Saturday – had been due to try out Yamaha's 2012, 1,000cc M1 at Mugello a week today, in company with Honda and Ducati, but after its two key rivals decided against running next year's bikes at the test, Yamaha has now followed suit.
The team has revealed that 'to allow for further time for the development of the bike, the decision has been made to postpone the test to a later date' – with a new outing pencilled-in for the day after the Czech Republic round at Brno in mid-August. Ducati has already used up five of its allotted eight days' testing of its 2012 bike – with Valentino Rossi running with various development parts at Assen – whilst Honda has completed two.
With all three major manufacturers having now withdrawn their 2012 bikes from the Mugello test, what had been one of the most eagerly-anticipated days of the year for MotoGP fans has now turned into something of a damp squib.