MotoGP Wraps Second Sepang Test - Stoner Tops Field


Casey Stoner photo courtesy MotoGP

Casey Stoner photo courtesy MotoGP

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After a second three-day test at Sepang, held under hot and dry conditions today after contending with rain the first two days of the test, it appears the MotoGP chase belongs to the Honda and Yamaha camps once again.

Repsol Honda led the first day of testing with Casey Stoner and Dai Pedrosa both happy with the feeling they had with their 1000-cc machines. A thunderstorm limited the running early in the afternoon and Pedrosa took the opportunity to ride a few laps under wet conditions on the RC213V. On the first day, reigning champion Stoner set the best time of 2:01761.

Cal Crutchlow photo courtesy MotoGP

Cal Crutchlow photo courtesy MotoGP

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On the second, also rain-hampered day, it was the Yamaha Racing duo of  American Ben Spies and 2010 champion Jorge Lorenzo that set the pace, testing the wet settings of the YZR-M1 for the first time. During the dry morning, Spies and Lorenzo set the quick times for the day, both lapping below the Sepang record lap of 2:02.108, set by Stoner on a 2007 Ducati. Their times were 2:01.285 and 1:02.293 respectively.

On the final day, sunshine and dry heat took over in Malaysia - as did the Repsol Honda team. Stoner led the times at 2:00.473 i the morning, while Pedrosa focused on chassis modifications to improve stability under braking and reduce front end chatter. The Spaniard trailed his teammate by 0.175 seconds, while Andrea Dovizioso was third for Yamaha Tech3, Lorenzo fourth with Yamaha Factory Racing and Cal Crutchlow fifth for Yamaha Tech3.

Valentino Rossi photo courtesy MotoGP

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There were a total of 15 riders at the test, the top 10 consisting of Hector Barbera (Pramac Racing Team Ducati), Alvaro Bautista for Honda Gresini, Spies, Stefan Bradl for LCR Honda and Valentino Rossi Ducati Team completing the top 10, all under the track record. American Colin Edwards continued to be the class of the CRT teams on his NGM Mobiie Forward Racing machine, albeit in 13th place and more than three seconds behind Stoner's top time.

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