The final test before the opening of the 2012 MotoGP series in Qatar on April 8 took place this last weekend at Jerez. Honda’s Casey Stoner was again the quickest of all the riders, followed closely by Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and Stoner’s teammate Dani Pedrosa.
Ducati continues to make progress, and Valentino Rossi finished with the 6th quickest time. Ahead of Rossi were two Honda’s and three Yamaha’s.
Most troubling for his rivals, Stoner put together a mini “race simulation” of 10 straight laps averaging well under 1 min. 40 seconds per lap. Rossi, for instance, did a similar race simulation but averaged nearly 1 1/2 second slower per lap. It looks like Ducati is still playing catch-up, and that this process may continue for some time.