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MotoGP: Test Results & Photos from Day 3 at Sepang

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Day Three of testing at Sepang has concluded, leaving many on the factory prototype-side of the garage pleased with their week’s work. Once again, Honda is setting the pace, as Casey Stoner sent a message to the rest of the paddock as he smashed the lap record at Sepang aboard his Honda RC213V. A full half-second faster than his nearest competitor, Stoner is an Aussie on a mission already in the season.

“I’m still not feeling great with my back, but the bike is ok, so we’ve made progress in reducing the chatter a little more and trying a few different things, some small settings on the shock that we haven’t tried before amongst other points,” said Stoner. “So far it’s been pretty positive, we’ll just have to wait and see what we have for the next test and hopefully improve a little more. Now I’m looking forward to getting home to Switzerland to see Adriana and await the arrival of our baby!”

While Casey was busy with his usual tricks, the Ducati Corse camp seemed to be making progress with the team’s factory Ducati Desmosedici GP12. With Thursday cut short by a rain storm, Valentino Rossi and his crew were happy with where the GP12 is headed in its development. However for teammate Nicky Hayden, the week has been frustrating. Because of his still broken shoulder, the American has only been able to complete a handful of laps at Sepang, leaving the rest of the testing duty to Ducati test rider Franco Battaini.

“The two Hondas and the two Yamahas are still ahead of us, but we consider this test to be a starting point,” explained Rossi. “The most positive things we’ve achieved are that the front now lets me ride a little more as I’m able, that the bike reacts well to changes and that we have very clear ideas on what’s still missing….We have to keep improving, so we’re not getting too excited, but I’m pleased with how things have gone so far.”

With Jorge Lorenzo splitting the two Honda riders today, Yamaha Racing is still very much in the hunt for a good start to the 2012 MotoGP Championship. Both Lorenzo and teammate Ben Spies have looked strong at Sepang, though both agreed throughout the week that the electronics on the Yamaha YZR-M1 need further development. With almost a month before MotoGP returns again to Sepang to test again, the tuning fork squad has plenty of time to work on their 0’s and 1’s.

“I’m really, really satisfied, I have improved on my best record here in Sepang,” said Lorenzo. “We tried a lot of things; some have been a lot better, especially one major improvement. We also know where we have to improve in the future. The electronics are not perfect yet, we still need to make it smoother but the bike has so much potential we are very optimistic. The Yamaha engineers have worked really hard so they have done a good job. I made my best time today at midday which is the hardest time with the conditions so it was pretty good. Let’s see what we can do when we come back.”

Test Results from Day 3 at Sepang, Malaysia:

Pos. Rider Team Time Diff. Diff. to Leader Laps
1 Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Team 1:59.607 21
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 2:00.198 +0.591 +0.591 35
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 2:00.256 +0.058 +0.649 26
4 Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing 2:00.495 +0.239 +0.888 16
5 Valentino Rossi Ducati Team 2:00.824 +0.329 +1.217 42
6 Hector Barbera Pramac Racing Team 2:00.929 +0.105 +1.322 40
7 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.108 +0.179 +1.501 26
8 Andrea Dovizioso Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.257 +0.149 +1.650 40
9 Alvaro Bautista San Carlo Honda Gresini 2:01.384 +0.127 +1.777 34
10 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team 2:01.729 +0.345 +2.122 19
11 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 2:01.894 +0.165 +2.287 38
12 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 2:02.218 +0.324 +2.611 38
13 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha Factory 2:02.334 +0.116 +2.727 27
14 Franco Battaini Ducati Team 2:03.033 +0.699 +3.426 35
15 Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:04.722 +1.689 +5.115 36
16 Ivan Silva Avintia Racing 2:08.225 +3.503 +8.618 41
17 Robertino Pietri Avintia Racing 2:09.640 +1.415 +10.033 16
18 Jordi Torres Avintia Racing 2:10.184 +0.544 +10.577 29

Ducati Corse Testing at Sepang – Day 3

Yamaha Racing Testing at Sepang – Day 3

HRC Testing at Sepang – Day 3

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

Jensen Beeler

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