MotoGP: Test Results & Photos from Day 2 at Sepang II

02/29/2012 @ 10:05 pm, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS

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At day two of round two at Sepang, MotoGP’s riders once again had to contend with the changing Malaysian climate, as rain continued to make an appearance the Sepang International Circuit. Sidelined for the day, HRC played it safe with its riders after one of Dani Pedrosa’s engines failed during the previous day’s testing, thus making the day strictly a Ducati and Yamaha affair. With Yamaha taking the top four spots on the timesheet (lead by Ben Spies), it is clear to see at this point in the game where Ducati is with its development of the GP12.

With Ben Spies using Wednesday’s test to working wet and dry setups, Jorge Lorenzo concentrated his efforts on refining the power delivery of the Yamaha YZR-M1, especially on the bike’s corner exit speed. “Today we improved a little the connection with the throttle and the engine, it’s much smoother and easier to ride, a big step forward from yesterday,” said Lorenzo. “We were able to try the 1000cc M1 on the wet for the first time and we went very fast so it’s been a positive day and we are very motivated to improve the bike more. We managed to complete everything we wanted to test so it’s been good!”

For Ducati, the rain was an unwanted event, as the team hoped to work more on the Ducati Desmosedici GP12‘s dry setup. Despite the setback, Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden were able to make further progress with the team’s electronic package. “Another day practically lost, which is really a shame because for us it’s very important to ride as much as possible, and today’s track conditions were much better than yesterday’s,” lamented Valentino Rossi.

“Given that we knew rain was predicted for the afternoon, we tried to focus as much work as possible in just the first twenty or so laps this morning. Using both bikes, we tried the new traction control, some software updates with the wheelie control and other small details that have to do with the seating position. I had good impressions with all of those, so we put it all into the setup of just one bike and put on a new tyre, only for it to start raining. Game over. On the plus side, I had a good feeling with all of the new stuff, so I hope we can work a little longer tomorrow.”

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MotoGP: Test Results & Photos from Day 2 at Sepang II Ducati Corse Day Two Sepang II MotoGP 03 635x421

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Test Results from Day 2 at the Second Sepang Test in Malaysia:

Pos.RiderTeamTimeDiff.Diff. to LeaderLaps
1Ben SpiesYamaha Factory Racing2:01.285--35
2Jorge LorenzoYamaha Factory Racing2:01.293+0.008+0.00826
3Andrea DoviziosoMonster Yamaha Tech 32:01.522+0.229+0.23718
4Cal CrutchlowMonster Yamaha Tech 32:01.695+0.173+0.41022
5Nicky HaydenDucati Team2:01.748+0.053+0.46339
6Hector BarberaPramac Racing Team2:01.989+0.241+0.70426
7Valentino RossiDucati Team2:02.130+0.141+0.84518
8Franco BattainiCardion AB Motoracing2:03.566+1.436+2.28120
9Colin EdwardsNGM Mobile Forward Racing2:05.816+2.250+4.53114
10Ivan SilvaAvintia Racing2:07.532+1.716+6.24739
11Yonny HernándezAvintia Racing2:08.213+0.681+6.92826

Ducati Corse Testing at Sepang II – Day 2

Yamaha Racing Testing at Sepang II – Day 2

Source: MotoGP; Photos: Ducati & Yamaha

Comment:

  1. MikeD says:

    Could this year’s season be a re-play of the last one ? LOL.

    DUCATI…ROSSI…HAYDEN…DUCATI CORSE Team…u guys are SO FUDGED is sad.

    P.S: Stoner and Danny went at it again…guess what…YES, they still blew everyone out of the water and into the weeds and AGAIN into the water in true Fukushima EarthQuake/Tsunami fashion.

  2. buellracerx says:

    I would disagree, w/ Nicky <.5s off pace & Rossi <1.0s, it seems Ducati has made great strides w/ their chassis. This season will get interesting very quickly