The second day of the three day MotoGP test at Jerez began with the same wet conditions as yesterday that caused disruption for the entire opening day. It was lunchtime before the rain stopped and the track began to dry out allowing the riders to fit slick tyres and get down to serious testing and development work. The rain returned at 17.00. ending any chance of faster lap times.
Dani Pedrosa was again the fastest RC213V rider. The Repsol Honda teamster spent a large part of the dry time confirming machine settings developed at earlier MotoGP winter tests concentrating on rear suspension and electronics. His Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez worked on rear end grip in a bid to improve his performance but ended the day a little frustrated that his efforts did not deliver the hoped for results. Both riders need dry track time tomorrow in order to complete the programme HRC engineers have set for Jerez.
Alvaro Bautista's day ended early, two hours before the end when he crashed his GO & FUN Honda Gresini RC213V. Bautista was taken to the track side medical center for treatment which revealed two small fractures to the fingers his left hand. However, Bautista had made good use of the dry track top to record sixth fastest time of the day while testing new Showa suspension parts.
Stefan Bradl was another RC213V rider to fall, his second crash in two days, the slippery surface was his undoing today but he escaped unhurt and will be fit to test tomorrow when he hopes for optimum conditions to complete his winter test programme by fine-tuning the set-up of his RC213V.
GO & FUN Honda Gresini CRT rider Bryan Staring got the dry weather he so desperately needed to learn all he could about his new mount and the Jerez circuit and was delighted with his performance on day two of the test. The Australian ran 39 laps today and set fast consistent times during the dry period to end the session with growing confidence in the machine and his Gresini Honda pit crew.