Newly crowned Moto2 world champion Stefan Bradl made his MotoGP debut during two-days of riding with this year's 800cc LCR Honda at the Valencia test.
The young German performed admirably over the two days, best illustrated by comparisons with new Gresini Honda rider Alvaro Bautista.
Bautista, who has spent two seasons in MotoGP with Suzuki, was also making his RC212V debut, riding an ex-Hiroshi Aoyama bike of the same satellite spec as Bradl's ex-Toni Elias machine.
Bautista rode on day two, when he set a best lap time only 0.328sec quicker than Bradl.
“First of all I want to thank Honda and LCR Team for this great opportunity," said Bradl. "I really enjoyed riding a MotoGP bike and I was impressed by Lucio's team know-how and high level: we made a very good job together exploring the potential of this bike. I learnt a lot from this experience and I want to thank everybody for their support."
LCR are yet to announce their 2012 MotoGP rider, but Bradl must surely be in serious contention.
“We have concluded two positive days of testing with Stefan and I was impressed by his skills and the way he studies the bike: he gave us a very precise technical feedback if we consider it was his first run on a MotoGP bike," said team principal Lucio Cecchinello.
"Now we will proceed negotiations with our sponsors and Honda to fix our 2012 program."