JONATHAN Rea stood-in for Casey Stoner and tested his MotoGP RC213V at Brno, yesterday.
Rea, who described the test as 'an opportunity of a lifetime', used this first test to familiarise himself with the 1000cc machine and adapt to the Bridgestone tyres.
Rea clocked a best time of 1m59.595, just three seconds slower than the test's fastest lap time, set by Cal Crutchlow, a 1m56.461. Compared with his best World Superbike time, Rea lapped the Czech circuit in 1m59.386 on his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. Rossi and the Factory Ducati team have chosen to skip the test and will be testing in private at Misano today and tomorrow. Misano is the next round on the calendar.
Rea said: "It's an opportunity of a lifetime for me and I'm thankful to Honda for asking me to be here, although I'm gutted for the guys in the team and obviously for Casey as he is the guy that should be here and I wish him a fast recovery.
"My first impressions are that the bike isn't that difficult, it's the tyres and the way they work that I'm finding hard. I'm struggling to finish off the corner which is definitely a confidence issue as I just need to load the front and find that confidence but it's my first day and I don't want to find that limit, or risk overstepping it just yet.
"It's great to be able to see Dani's data and learn where to go fast, that's a big help. I don't underestimate how tough a job it is, I just need some time and I don' t feel pressure to perform, it's a learning process with the team and people around me. It's been a great day, one of the best days of my life. I've been a Honda rider all my career and now to ride the best Honda machine in the World has been a dream come true"
Brno MotoGP test results
1 Cal Crutchlow 1'56.461 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
2 Andrea Dovizioso 1'56.578 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
3 Jorge Lorenzo 1'56.699 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
4 Dani Pedrosa 1'56.703 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Stefan Bradl 1'57.156 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
6 Alvaro Bautista 1'57.161 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
7 Ben Spies 1'57.474 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
8 Jonathan Rea 1'59.595 GBR HONDA Repsol Honda Team
9 Yonny Hernandez 1'59.743 COL BQR-FTR BQR
10 Ivan Silva 2'00.667 SPA BQR-FTR BQR
11 Michele Pirro 2'00.863 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
12 Colin Edwards 2'02.049 USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing