Motorcycle Racing News Sepang II MotoGP Test: Spies Tops Day 2

Sepang II MotoGP Test: Spies Tops Day 2

2012 MotoGP Testing

The second day of MotoGP testing at Sepang was hindered by rain for many riders, including the Repsol Honda duo of Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa.

The reigning MotoGP Champion, who led the Tuesday’s session, and his teammate didn’t perform any laps on Wednesday due the mixed weather. Also, Pedrosa had issues with a motor aboard the RC213V, and Repsol sent it to Japan to be analyzed.

This left the Yamaha Factory Racing duo of Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo the top riders at Sepang II Tuesday, with the American taking the top lap time of 2:01.285.

During the morning sessions, Spies was able to get a few good laps in on a dry track, allowing him to post his quickest lap. When the heavy rain arrived in the afternoon, Spies utilized the slick surface to experiment with wet setups on the M1.

Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “Today went well, the rain caught us out again but we got everything we needed to do done before lunch including some different chassis set ups and some electronics which we were pretty happy with.

“The rain started to come down so we waited until it subsided a little bit but with still a full wet track with standing water which we needed. We haven’t ridden the thousand in the rain and I’ve never ridden this track in the rain so it was good to get some laps in.

“I had quite a good feeling with the bike in the rain; straight away it felt pretty good so we rode in full wet conditions and stayed on wets when it dried out a little and was greasy. We’ve got a lot of stuff to do tomorrow so we’re hoping for a dry day!”

Lorenzo trailed Spies by 0.008 of a second in the morning session, and also took advantage of the afternoon wet sessions to tweak his rain setup.

Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “We have to improve traction on corner entry. The engine development is good and we are closing the gap from Honda. Also the modifications to the chassis are working well.”

During the final day of Sepang II MotoGP testing on Thursday, Lornenzo will test a new chassis.

Fourth quickest was Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Andrea Dovizioso, who posted the time during the morning session while experimenting with various riding positions. The Italian was 0.418 of a second behind Spies, and did not participate in the afternoon wet sessions.

Andrea Dovizioso (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “Today was the first day that I could run well and in a comfortable position, and being two-tenths off the official Yamaha is not too bad. I tested the new engine specification and so far it has been positive.”

Following 0.173 of a second behind was Dovi’s teammate, Cal Crutchlow. The Brit also opted out of the wet afternoon session.

Nicky Hayden took the top time for Ducati on Wednesday, the American posting a 2:01.748 aboard the GP12. He experimented with electronics in the morning sessions, and perfromed a few wet laps in the afternoon alongside Ducati Team test rider Franco Battaini.

Hayden’s teammate, Valentino Rossi, was also out in the morning sessions, but opted out of the wet-afternoon session. The nine-time World Champion posted a 2:02.130, which was 0.845 behind Spies.

The top CRT time once again went to NGM Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards, the American posting a 2:05.816. The Texas Tornado’s time was 4.531 seconds behind Spies.

The MotoGP riders will return to the Malaysian circuit Thursday for the third and final day of Sepang II testing.

2012 Sepang II MotoGP Test: Day 1 Times (Wednesday, Feb. 29):

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap Prev. Gap Lead. Gap 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 Hern?ndez Avintia Racing 2:08.213 +0.681 +6.928 26..

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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