Hmm, that escalated quickly. The first day back in Europe threw up a few surprises. First, note that Dani Pedrosa was fastest in both the wet morning session and the warm and almost dry afternoon session. All the Hondas showed well in both FP1 and 2; check out Jack Miller in second thanks to his dry time. Maverick Vinales showed he’s human by crashing at Turn 9, Nieto, this afternoon but was top Yamaha, nearly a second slower than Dani, back in sixth. Yes, between Texas and Andalucia the Honda has become rideable and the Yamaha nervous.
OK, given the track was still patchy in the afternoon maybe it’s not surprising that Rossi was cautious and the rookies in Tech 3, riding the M-1 in the wet for the first time, need time. However, it wasn’t that wet… What was a real surprise was the top Ducati man being …. Jorge Lorenzo. He looked smooth, lots of lean angle, and like he wasn’t riding a Ducati. Impressive. Jorge says he’s discovered using the back brake for the first time, which helps corner entry – always a strongpoint.