Casey Stoner Tops Day 2 Valencia Test Times

11/10/2010 @ 10:26 am, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

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

  • Mark

    Based on Rossi’s lap times, I think the Ducati boys are drawing up a whole new bike as we speak.

  • AD

    You don’t win anything by being fastest in testing! What we do know is that the Rossi/Burgess combination know how to develop a bike.

  • joe

    back half of the pack, square one on a new bike, and wanting a championship this year, should be interesting.

  • gnmac

    I know it’s probably way to expensive, but why not give Nicky the Big Bang and Rossi the Screamer?? Better yet, make Nicky just get used to the Screamer and give Rossi the engine he wants and feels he needs to drape the 2011 MotoGP championship in Ducati red!

  • Minibull

    I wouldnt think Rossi would want the screamer, even though it has more power. Im guessing the big bang is similar to the M1’s crossplane in terms of power delivery. Maybe one less thing for him to get used to.

    Good to see Spies up at the top tho, heh

  • Damo

    Wish Pedrosa was healthy enough to pull some better times. I guarantee Stoner is going to be a huge threat on that RC212V next year, although I would love to see Spies bring a championship back to the States.

    As you can see I will be heavily conflicted next season.

  • Dr. Gellar

    I don’t think many people expected this kind of a wake-up call for Rossi, Ducati and company. Even if he wasn’t shooting for a fastest time, Rossi can’t possibly be pleased having only outpaced Karel Abraham and Toni Elias during the tests. I am pretty sure he’ll be back up towards the front by the beginning of the 2011 season, but he and the rest of the team have a lot of work to do. This transition will not be as easy as his switch to Yamaha from Honda appeared to be.

    Bet Red Bull might be wishing they had decided to put their paint-job on Stoner’s Honda for 2011 right about now. :-)

    I think Spies is showing that, despite some contrary opinions, there really is a significant difference between the factory and satellite Yamaha M1’s.

  • Mark

    I think the Ducati GP bike suffers from the same issues as their Superbikes. A 90deg. Vee is difficult to position ideally in the chassis due to the need to place it further back in the chassis so the front tire can clear the front cylinder head. This shifts the weight balance further to the rear, resulting in not enough weight on the front end to make the tire work correctly. Ducati can get away with this in Superbike, but MotoGP bikes are at such a high level that this becomes a glaring deficiency.
    I think you’ll see them rotate the engine back so that the V is more vertical and push the motor forward, and lengthen the swingarm. Just like they’re planning on doing with the their new superbike.
    This should be a relatively straight forward mod, as it’s claimed that they can make a new frame quicker and cheaper in CF than in aluminum. I’m surprised that they didn’t try this solution a long time ago.