So, day 1 of the last round of pre-season testing, at Jerez, ends with Hayden 6th and Rossi 9th. VR is 1.8 seconds off the pace (usual suspects), behind satellite Hondas and Yamahas, and only a whisker ahead of the rookie Bradl. He's less than one-tenth ahead of de Puniet on the CRT for heaven's sake. If this is progress I'd hate to see setbacks. For all the fanfare around last week's launch, and the conviction that the new bike gives VR more front-end feel, responds far better to adjustment etc, I struggle to see how there are any grounds to think this season is going to much better than the last. Antonye generally does his best to cheer us up with a positive construction on things but I think this will take some doing!