Condition has little to do with it...??
Condition has got little to do with it, bikes are faster than last year you can't quantify this way.
Yes De Grasse, they're slower than last year's race times
But what about the variables you say mean nothing? Apart from the 2013 race tyre, they're also using a selection of different tyres, plus it is a different time of the year, different temperatures etc. So, not much point comparing lap times to last year's race. What about the track surface changing? Here's what Rossi said, a lad who know a thing or two about racing Motogp - you know - people who know who speak...
"The surface has another five months more and is already less aggressive than October, which means it will be easier for the tyre and this is good news. Usually the asphalt is very aggressive when it is new and then loses the extra grip and this is constant for six or seven years".
It's fair to say that whilst they may not be pushing for an outright single lap fastest time, it's reasonable to assume that they are pushing very hard to test the tyres. How else do you test tyres to understand how they will perform when used in a race? The whole point of using the world's best riders is to push the tyres to their limits to evaluate the results.
If they weren't doing that, If they weren't lapping as fast as they could, they could just put a bunch of test riders out there.