Motorcycle Racing News MotoGP Test: Spies Leads Midway, Day 2

MotoGP Test: Spies Leads Midway, Day 2

2012 Sepang 1 MotoGP Test

Track conditions at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia were much better Wednesday for the start of day 2 in the first official test of 2012 MotoGP.

Leading the pack by the midway-point was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies, the American posting a 2:01.052 aboard his YZR-M1, followed 0.092 of a second behind by his teammate and Tuesday’s leader, Jorge Lorenzo.

On Tuesday, the Yamaha Factory Team, which gained JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation as a main sponsor last week, focused on chassis balance and power delivery.

Third quickest by midday was the reigning MotoGP Champion, Casey Stoner. The Repsol Honda rider, who didn’t ride on Tuesday due to pulling his back while stretching, posted a quickest time of 2:01.245 aboard the RC213V. Following four-tenths back was Stoner’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa.

As both Repsol Honda riders focused on setting up the chassis on the RC213V, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow was stalking closely, only a tenth of a second behind Pedrosa. Taking the sixth-fastest time by the midway point was San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista.

The Ducati Team duo of Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden were next, the two continuing setup aboard the GP12.

Ninth quickest was Moto2 Champion Stefan Bradl on the LCR Honda, followed by the second Monster Tech 3 rider, Andrea Dovizioso.

As for the American Colin Edwards, he had 15 laps in aboard his NGM Mobile Forward Racing CRT, posting the 15th quickest time.

Wednesday testing continues…stay clicked to for the overall times and individual reports throughout the day.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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