2011 MotoGP Preparation
Although he barely had time to settle into his new Repsol Honda RC212V, Casey Stoner was the quickest MotoGP rider at the second and final day of testing at Valencia on Wednesday.
The Australian was also fast on Tuesday, but he bettered his inaugural day on the Honda by over seven-tenths of a second, posting the best time of 1:32.066 towards the end of the 62 laps he completed on Wednesday at the Ricardo Tormo track.
Casey Stoner says: “There’s not much I’m not happy with. Of course there is still a long way to go for us with the bike but we’ve come away with a reasonable base setting. We still have to get the general feeling of the bike a bit better in the middle of the corner turning, but that’s just a case of getting more time on the bike and a better balance for me as I have a different style to most riders.”
“At this moment, with the set-up we currently have, we have been very happy with the feedback the bike’s been giving us and the way everyone’s been working.”
Stoner’s time was impressive, and only 0.054 off Jorge Lorenzo’s test time set on Tuesday, which was the fastest of the entire Valencia test sessions. And the 2010 MotoGP Champion continued to set some fast laps also on Wednesday, posting a 1:32.197, just 0.113 of a second slower than Stoner.
Like his performance on Tuesday, the Fiat Yamaha rider quickly set the pace, but Stoner became quicker during the last hour of the session. Lorenzo meet all of Yamaha’s testing requirements earlier, so the Spaniard was able to spend time evaluating tires for the 2011 MotoGP season.
Jorge Lorenzo says: “Basically we tried some new tires from Bridgestone today, they had quite a different feeling, but there wasn’t a big difference in general performance. We also reconfirmed the settings we tried yesterday so we’ve given Yamaha some good data to work with over the winter. I’m very happy with how the test has gone; I’m quite tired so I’m looking forward to having some rest now and coming back strong to start again.”
Lorenzo’s teammate Ben Spies again top the time sheets at Valencia testing, posting the third quickest time on Wednesday with a 1:32.322 aboard the 2011 prototype YZR-M1. The American was also third fastest at Tuesday’s test during his first outing on the factory Yamaha.
Ben Spies says: “We’ve had another good day and another day of learning. We messed with the bike a bit, changed some settings and went in a positive direction. So another good session working with the new crew again, I’m very happy with it.”
“I read some comments from Jorge about the new engine for next year, he seemed to be happy with the way that was going so I look forward to seeing that in Malaysia. I’m looking forward to now having a couple of months of then getting back to it!”
The fourth-fastest time went to Marco Simoncelli aboard the San Carlo Gresini Honda, although the Italian suffered a small crash during his morning session. Simoncelli and his crew now have a better grasp going into the 2011 season after they tested new suspension, seat ergonomics and other technical details.
After completing 63 laps, Simoncelli posted a 1:32.450. But only 0.047 of a second behind was Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa, who continues to recover from his broken shoulder sustained during a Motegi crash. Pedrosa tested a new evolution of the RC212V along with his 2010 bike for comparison data.
Nicky Hayden continued his work with the prototype GP11, riding 91 laps, which was the most of any rider Wednesday. The American, along with his new teammate Valentino Rossi, was focused on testing both the “Screamer” and “Big Bang” engines, helping to decide what motor to progress with for the 2011 MotoGP season.
Hayden posted a 1:32.583, and was the fastest Ducati of the day. Behind Hayden was the Rizla Suzuki GSV-R ridden by the one-man team for 2011, Alvaro Bautista. He experimented with some new redesigned aspects on the Suzuki, posting a 1:32.738.
The last of the riders to post within a second of Stoner were Randy de Puniet on the Pramac Racing Ducati, Andrea Dovizio on the third Repsol Honda RC212V.
MotoGP says Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini) was another rider operating with a new team as he set the tenth best time of the day, Héctor Barberá (Paginas Amarillas Aspar) improved significantly on his time ending in 11th, and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards continued evaluating an updated M1 engine.
His rookie team-mate Cal Crutchlow’s MotoGP experience developed further with another valuable day on track and 74 more laps. A trio of Ducatis followed on the timesheet with Loris Capirossi, Valentino Rossi and Karel Abraham.
Factory man Rossi, ending in 15th position, concluded his second day on the Desmosedici having ridden a sizeable 87 laps as he combined the same engine agenda as team-mate Hayden with a continuation of his adjustment to the bike.
He was 1.695 of second off Stoner’s leading time by the close of the session. Moto2 World Champion Toni Elías also completed his first Test with a new team, LCR Honda.
Now the MotoGP teams and riders take a Winter break before heading back to the track for the next official test, which is is scheduled to take place at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia from February 1-3 2011.
Valencia Post-Season MotoGP Tests: Day 1 Tuesday Results:
|Pos||Rider||Team||Fastest lap||Prev. Gap||Lead. Gap||Laps|
|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|