This week sees the end of Janurary (today) and the start of 2012 international motorsport season. The first Moto GP test stasrted today in Sepang and Yamaha have hit the ground runniung with Lorenzo topping the time sheets with a lap of 2.01:657 on the new 1000cc Yamaha competitor. Honda have also launched strong with Pedrosa only .4 of a second behind. Whereas Casey Stoner had to sit the day out with back problems which are belived to be minor and he should start his campaign very soon. 3rd and 4th spots were taken by the Yamahas of Cal Crutchlow and Ben Spies respectively while Cals Tech III team-mate was in 6th.
The much anticipated GP12 from Ducati finally had to break cover (as it wasn’t shown at all at wrooom!) and Rossi revealed the bike early on over twitter:
Its a rather prototype looking machine but the Italian still set the 5th fast time at the test with an encouraging 2.02:392.
The leading CRT was Colin Edwards (no surprise there) and the Forward Racing entrant could only manage a 2.08:240 on the new format of Moto GP bikes first head to head against the manufacturers. How much the gap will come down remains to be seen as testing can always be a little mis-leading and even if the bikes were full blooded Moto GP bikes, they are still new entrants so we expect them to pick up pace as the tests continue.
On four wheels there is movement too as McLaren, Force India, Ferrari, Lotus, Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Sauber will join Caterham in showing their new cars ahead of the first test in Jerez on the 7th of Feburary. While Merecedes and HRT (alledgedly) are waiting till the second test (21st Feb) and Marussia the final test (1st March) before running their 2012 cars, there is still no word from Williams as to when their new techincal team will show or run their cars.