Moto2 world champion Stefan Bradl will head for his first MotoGP race having been ranked eleventh, ninth and tenth in pre-season tests.

The last of those outings concluded at Jerez on Sunday, when the LCR Honda rider tried different length swing-arms and various other adjustments before undertaking a race simulation (see below).

The young German's best lap time was 1.3sec from factory Honda star Casey Stoner but put him half-a-second from top satellite rider Cal Crutchlow (Tech 3 Yamaha) and ahead of the two satellite Ducatis.

"After yesterday's adverse weather we had a lot of things to test today. So we tried several different swingarm lengths, several front fork adjustments plus a few things to get more braking stability and at the end we achieved a good base set-up with which I am very happy," confirmed Bradl.

"At the end of the day I did a long run with a consistent pace. I could have even improved my lap times on soft tyres but I got stopped by some traffic but we are not here for the fastest lap time. I think we did our best in the last three days."

Bradl is the only 2012 MotoGP rookie riding a manufacturer bike (rather than CRT).

Bradl's Jerez test race simulation:

1. 1:50.805
2. 1:41.413
3. 1:41.110
4. 1:40.955
5. 1:40.864
6. 1:41.098
7. 1:41.199
8. 1:40.834
9. 1:41.151
10. 1:41.226
11. 1:41.510
12. 1:41.223
13. 1:40.921
14. 1:41.149
15. 1:40.833
16. 1:41.226
17. 1:41.164
18. 1:41.483
19. 1:41.261

Average (18 flying laps): 1m 41.146s


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