Casey Stoner Tops Day 2 Valencia Test Times

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Australian Casey Stoner topped the time sheets today at Valencia, in MotoGP’s second and last test at the Spanish track for week. Although clearly adapting to the Honda RC212V quickly, Stoner was still unable to touch Jorge Lorenzo’s top testing time from yesterday, with the World Champion being five hundredths of a second faster than the Aussie. While Stoner and Lorenzo were busy dazzling the at the front of the time sheet, the majority everyone’s attention was trained on Valentino Rossi, who tested over a second and half behind Stoner, putting him nearly at the bottom of the scrap heap for the day.

While many Rossi fans were expecting the Italian to light up the Spanish track on his new Ducati, Rossi battled a front-end issue (different from the one Stoner experienced) that prevented him pushing the GP11 hard in the testing sessions. Testing only the Big Bang motor, and not the Screamer, it looks like Ducati will stick in that direction for the 2011 season, as Nicky Hayden tested both motors and preferred the Big Bang configuration. Valentino Rossi and Crew Chief Jeremy Burgess will likely be talking to Ducati the rest of the week about where the team should focus its resources in developing the GP11 further. Testing results after the jump.

Day 2 MotoGP Test Times from Valencia (as of 5pm local time):

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap Prev. Gap Lead. Gap Laps
1 Casey Stoner HRC 1:32.066 63
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 1:32.179 +0.113 +0.113 30
3 Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing 1:32.322 +0.143 +0.256 49
4 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:32.450 +0.128 +0.384 63
5 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 1:32.497 +0.047 +0.431 48
6 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team 1:32.583 +0.086 +0.517 91
7 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1:32.738 +0.155 +0.672 86
8 Randy De Puniet Pramac Racing Team 1:32.836 +0.098 +0.770 73
9 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Team 1:32.942 +0.106 +0.876 68
10 Hiroshi Aoyama San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:33.105 +0.163 +1.039 83
11 Hector Barbera Paginas Amarillas Aspar 1:33.168 +0.063 +1.102 100
12 Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:33.325 +0.157 +1.259 34
13 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:33.483 +0.158 +1.417 74
14 Loris Capirossi Pramac Racing Team 1:33.740 +0.257 +1.674 88
15 Valentino Rossi Ducati Team 1:33.761 +0.021 +1.695 70
16 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 1:33.793 +0.032 +1.727 68
17 Toni Elias LCR Honda MotoGP 1:34.800 +1.007 +2.734 86

Source: MotoGP

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