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:
Average (18 flying laps): 1m 41.146s