After a sobering performance at July's Mugello test, the 2012 Suter MotoGP project left Monday's Brno test having cut the gap to the top to 3.9sec - over a long two-minute lap.
The Suter, powered by a BMW engine, is being developed in partnership with the Marc VDS Moto2 team and is designed to be sold as a Claiming Rule Team (CRT) motorcycle for next season.
CRTs are a new class of cut-price machinery, featuring a prototype chassis and modified (1000cc) Superbike engine, which are allowed concessions in terms of extra fuel and engine changes relative to the full factory prototypes.
The aim is to increase grid numbers from the present 17 riders, and six Moto2 teams have been accepted for a new place in MotoGP next year.
Those six were expected to use machines such as the Suter, but when the bike languished 6.3sec off the pace of the top 800cc bike at the Mugello test - and slower than the best Moto2 race lap - the CRT class looked in danger of extinction before it had even begun.
But the news from Brno was far more positive.
Former MotoGP rider and present Marc VDS Moto2 racer, Mika Kallio, was again at the controls. And despite also being up against 2012 1000cc factory bikes from Honda and Yamaha this time, the Finn was able to gain several seconds relative to Mugello.
Unlike in Italy, Kallio also comfortably beat the best Moto2 race lap (by 2.5sec) and was 3.4sec behind the fastest 800cc bike. For comparison, the gap between the front and back of the Brno grid was 2.3sec in qualifying.
“Here, things went much better than before," Kallio told MotoGP.com. "We tested three times in Mugello and we had a few problems there – the lap time was not at the level we wanted it to be, and we were too slow.
"However, when we arrived here everything was immediately better, it looks like the bike fits this track better, and lap-by-lap I'm getting used to this level of power again and the lap time has been improving.