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

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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.”

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

Pos. Rider Team Time Diff. Diff. to Leader Laps
1 Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing 2:01.285 35
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 2:01.293 +0.008 +0.008 26
3 Andrea Dovizioso Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.522 +0.229 +0.237 18
4 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.695 +0.173 +0.410 22
5 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team 2:01.748 +0.053 +0.463 39
6 Hector Barbera Pramac Racing Team 2:01.989 +0.241 +0.704 26
7 Valentino Rossi Ducati Team 2:02.130 +0.141 +0.845 18
8 Franco Battaini Cardion AB Motoracing 2:03.566 +1.436 +2.281 20
9 Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:05.816 +2.250 +4.531 14
10 Ivan Silva Avintia Racing 2:07.532 +1.716 +6.247 39
11 Yonny Hernández Avintia Racing 2:08.213 +0.681 +6.928 26

Ducati Corse Testing at Sepang II – Day 2

Yamaha Racing Testing at Sepang II – Day 2

Source: MotoGP; Photos: Ducati & Yamaha