First Shots: 2012 Yamaha YZR-M1

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With yesterday’s race out of the way, MotoGP’s riders spent their Monday back at the Cardion AB circuit in Brno, testing their 800cc & 1,000cc machines. While we’ve already seen the 2012 Honda RC213V and the Ducati Desmosedici GP12, making its first public appearance was the 2012 Yamaha YZR-M1. Both Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies tested the new M1 at Brno; and additionally, the duo also put in laps on their current M1 machinery, which received a more powerful version of their 800cc motor.

With both Yamaha riders happy with the upgraded motor on the 800cc machine, and the package coming together for 2012, Yamaha’s reintroduction into 1,000cc racing can be marked down as a success. However, it was Casey Stoner on his RC213V, with its newly revised chassis for Brno, that was fastest for the day, and easily surpassing Dani Pedrosa’s qualifying time from Saturday during the test.

Also making progress was Mika Kallio on the Suter CRT machine with its BMW motor. The claiming rule team (CRT) has clearly made some improvements, being only 4.3 seconds down on Stoner’s time. Suter still has a long way to go, but can walk away from Brno having saved more face than they did at Mugello a few months ago.

MotoGP Test Times from Brno:

Pos. Rider Bike Fastest Lap Diff. Laps
1 Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Team 1000cc 1:56.168 57
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 1000cc 1:56.253 +0.085 28
3 Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing 1000cc 1:56.306 +0.138 24
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 1:56.727 +0.559 58
5 Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing 1:57.184 +1.016 15
6 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 1000cc 1:57.264 +1.096 37
7 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team 1:57.533 +1.365 78
8 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:57.591 +1.423 74
9 Toni Elias LCR Honda MotoGP 1:57.903 +1.735 56
10 Valentino Rossi Ducati Team 1:58.266 +2.098 74
11 Loris Capirossi Pramac Racing Team 1:58.387 +2.219 66
12 Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:58.492 +2.324 44
13 Mika Kallio Marc Vds Racing Team 1000cc 2:00.144 +3.976 81

Source/Photos: MotoGP