Factory and satellite Hondas, along with factory Yamahas, completed a two-day test at the Motorland Aragon circuit earlier today. Quickest over the two days was Dani Pedrosa (Honda), although Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) set the fastest lap on Day 2. Interestingly, WSB rider Jonathan Rea, filling in for the injured Casey Stoner, has been steadily improving on the factory Honda. He ended the test roughly two seconds off the pace set by Pedrosa and Lorenzo.
Casey Stoner underwent successful surgery on his ankle, and is resting at home in Australia. At this point, although he is recovering well, it is expected that he will miss at least the next two races at Misano and Aragon, where Rea will replace him.
Elsewhere, CRT teams and riders continued to work on electronics, where they arguably trail the factory teams by the widest margin. Despite recent protestations by Colin Edwards and his test of an Aprilia-powered machine, it appears he will likely remain aboard a BMW-powered CRT for the remainder of the 2012 series.