MotoGP has returned to Finland for the first time since 1982, with testing kicking off at the KymiRing yesterday.
Despite conditions being far from ideal, Mika Kallio, Stefan Bradl, Bradley Smith, Michele Pirro, Jonas Folger and Sylvain Guintoli were on hand to put the KymiRing circuit through its paces – and it was local lad Mika Kallio who headed out first on-board his KTM RC16.
Aprilia’s Bradley Smith was the next out on track and the British rider was fastest at lunchtime with the first sub-two-minute lap. Ducati’s Michele Pirro and Honda’s Stefan Bradl were next on track. Bradl was continuing development work on the carbon-reinforced chassis but also made some unwanted history by becoming the first rider to crash at the KymiRIng – don’t worry though, he’s ok. Suzuki’s Sylvain Guintoli and Yamaha’s Jonas Folger were the last to try out the KymiRing later in the day.