Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner topped the timesheets in the MotoGP test at Sepang for the second day in a row. Repsol Honda riders swept the top three spots and a Honda has finished on top of the timesheets in every MotoGP test so far this pre-season.
The Repsol Honda MotoGP team continues to serve notice that it’s triple-pronged attack will be a force this upcoming MotoGP season. Repsol Honda riders swept the top three positions during the second day of testing in Sepang today, with Casey Stoner edging out teammate Dani Pedrosa by 0.058 seconds to claim the top spot for the second day in a row. The duo started the session quickly and by their fourth trip around the track, both were lapping faster than the previous course record set by Valentino Rossi in 2009. Dani P held the top spot for most of the session until a blistering late lap by Stoner edged him out.
“We tested a lot of different things, including the 2011 fork and new shocks, and we found quite a lot of chattering with them. We spent 90% of the day on one bike trying different configurations, changing the geometry to get the new fork working with the bike, but didn’t find anything that felt really good. But these things are necessary to do before the start of the season,” Stoner said.
Repsol Honda’s third rider, Andrea Dovizioso, grabbed the final slot in the top three with a best time of 2’00.531. Dovi put in a workman’s day, logging 46 test laps while testing a new Bridgestone front tire and dialing in the clutch on his RC212V. Dovizioso’s time today is a personal best for the Sepang circuit.
The fourth and fifth-fastest efforts of the day were put in by the Yamaha Factory Racing duo of Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo. Spies experimented with a few changes to his M1’s chassis which he said helped him find some extra grip, and despite a small get-off at the end of the afternoon session, he still put up the fourth-fastest time of the day. Lorenzo was pleased that the latest setting changes to his bike have improved traction but is still looking for more power out of the engine.
Yamaha Factory Rider Ben Spies continues to look like a podium contender and posted the fourth-fastest time of the day.
“It was a hard and hot day today, we tried the test bike as well as my 2011 bike to reconfirm a number of new developments,” Lorenzo said.
Another pair of teammates slotted into the sixth and seventh spots on today’s timesheets. San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli edged out his paddock mate Hiroshi Aoyama for the sixth-fastest time. Super Sic’s times came down from Day 1 and Simoncelli said he’s pleased with the consistency he’s riding with. He did suffer a small front end crash in the final corner, though. Aoyama earned a share of the “iron man of the day award” for putting in 64 laps and didn’t post his seventh-fastest time until Lap 60.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards backed up yesterday’s solid efforts with the eighth-fastest time today. A Yamaha Test Team rider snuck into the top ten with the ninth-fastest lap, while Mapfre Aspar Team rider Hector Barbera was the top Ducati finisher of the day in tenth-place, edging out factory Ducati rider Nicky Hayden who finished the day back in 12th.
The other Ducati Marlboro factory rider, Valentino Rossi, did not participate in today’s test due to illness. Rossi showed up at the track but is suffering from the flu so his team told him to rest up in hopes of being able to put in a spirited day of testing tomorrow.
Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista was also under the weather today, suffering from a severe headache. He bucked up and provided his team with valuable input with the laps he was able to log, testing new Marchesini wheels, Ohlins rear shock damping specs and new electronic mapping. Bautista still managed to post the 11th best time of the day.
2011 MotoGP Sepang Test Day 2 Results:
1.Casey Stoner (Honda) 2:00.171
2. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 2:00.229
3. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) 2:00.531
4. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 2:00.824
5. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 2:00.931
6. Marco Simoncelli (Honda) 2:01.033
7. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 2:01.439
8. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 2:01.738
9. Yamaha Test 2 Rider (Yamaha) 2:01.792
10. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 2:01.909
11. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) 2:02.035
12. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 2:02.208
14. Randy de Puniet (Ducati) 2:02.604
15. Loris Capirossi (Ducati) 2:02.624