MotoGP: Test Results & Photos from Day 2 at Sepang

02/02/2012 @ 1:21 am, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

Testing continues in Sepang, as MotoGP riders continued their first week of shaking down the new 1,000cc era machines. For the second day of testing, teams spent the sessions comparing settings and parts to the previous day, looking for clearer paths of development. For Yamaha, this meant testing suspension and electronic settings, while Honda tried different chassis with Casey Stoner. With weather hot and humid, Stefal Bradl got baptized with his first MotoGP gravel trap excursion, though the German was thankfully uninjured from the spill.

Progress on the all-new factory GP12 continued in the Ducati Corse garage, though the Italian team was short a rider after Nicky Hayden parked his bike after 16 laps. The American rider has been struggling with his broken shoulder, which still lacked the strength to properly ride at the Malaysian track. Quiting the day’s session earliy, Ducati’s test rider Franco Battaini took over for Hayden, and completed the day’s work with Valentino Rossi. Photos and results after the jump.

Test Results from Day 2 at Sepang, Malaysia:

Pos. Rider Team Time Diff. Diff. to Leader Laps
1 Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Team 2:00.895 29
2 Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing 2:01.052 +0.157 +0.157 37
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 2:01.068 +0.016 +0.173 40
4 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 2:01.508 +0.440 +0.613 35
5 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.565 +0.057 +0.670 42
6 Hector Barbera Pramac Racing Team 2:01.788 +0.223 +0.893 50
7 Valentino Rossi Ducati Team 2:01.886 +0.098 +0.991 44
8 Alvaro Bautista San Carlo Honda Gresini 2:01.933 +0.047 +1.038 46
9 Andrea Dovizioso Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:02.160 +0.227 +1.265 42
10 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team 2:02.354 +0.194 +1.459 41
11 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 2:02.414 +0.060 +1.519 41
12 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 2:02.598 +0.184 +1.703 66
13 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha Factory 2:02.941 +0.343 +2.046 40
14 Franco Battaini Ducati Team 2:04.311 +1.370 +3.416 38
15 Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:05.603 +1.292 +4.708 37
16 Ivan Silva Avintia Racing 2:10.297 +4.694 +9.402 16
17 Jordi Torres Avintia Racing 2:11.893 +1.596 +10.998 2
18 Robertino Pietri Avintia Racing 2:12.546 +0.653 +11.651 5

Ducati Corse Testing at Sepang – Day 2

Yamaha Racing Testing at Sepang – Day 2

HRC Testing at Sepang – Day 2

Source: MotoGP; Photos: Ducati, HRC, & Yamaha

  • New Zealand Dan

    Looked at the pic of stoner stepping the rear out and thought ‘bloody aussie at it again’

    then looked at the rossi pic and laughed at it’s brazenness.

    great shots.

  • MP

    Funny NZ Dan,

    I sent the photo of Stoner to a friend, pointing out the big oversteer….then I scrolled down and caught that vale photo and had the same reaction that you did. He looks way more comfortable on the GP12 for sure.

  • Damo

    Kinda wish Yamaha would leave their livery like that for the rest of the season…it looks badass.

  • irksome

    Rossi wouldn’t be stepping it out if he wasn’t comfortable with the front end. This is a good thing.

  • John

    Yeah, I don’t think he could have gotten away with this on the GP11. Things are looking good.

  • Looks like we might see some great racing tjis year!!! Hopefully the Stones warm up quickly and last 75 % of the race so the field is a little closer and passes are made…. So if u try to make a get away from the pack u risk coming back to the field once the tires start going off. Break away or conserve a little ?????

  • Westward

    Would have liked to see more close ups and angles of Rossi going around. Want more than one picture to be able to access his comfort with the all new GP12…

    I noticed some have the lever guards and others did not. Are they only mandatory for day, I’m thinking thats the case, or is it not an official rule yet?

  • Westward

    *Are they only mandatory for “RACE” day

  • Odie

    It does seem like power sliding through a corner requires good front end feel.
    Maybe The G.O.A.T can finally race like we all know he can.

  • M

    Want more than one picture to be able to access his comfort with the all new GP12


  • Halfie 30

    That Rossi pic pu a big smile on my face. We should have a wonderful season of racing ahead. I’m interested in how Jorge will react to Spies being there or there abouts this season. Seeing as though he thinks it’s his show there… LOL. Hopefully his season makes a good look on prototype racing.

  • Halfie 30

    *this season

  • mxs

    Wow the gap (1.2) between Rossi and Stoner is still as big as it was last year. And that’s with Stoner basically far from fit (with his wonky back) and only with few laps in, compared to Rossi.

    If I was Rossi, I am not feeling to good about this, but I guess all is relative.

  • irksome

    But .6 behind Lorenzo on Day 2 aboard a wholly reworked frame? Methinks they’re pleased.

  • irksome

    Sorry, just read Day 3 results…