Sepang 1 Test Day 2 Times - Rossi Leads As Rain Stops Play

The rain that held off yesterday finally came to Sepang on Friday, disrupting testing during the morning and at the end of the day. The rain in the morning combined with the limit on engines to persuade most of the riders to sit in the garage, or restrict their laps to a minimum. The track started to dry out at lunchtime, and from then, all 17 MotoGP riders, along with a couple of Yamaha test pilots, got to work on their testing program. By the time the rain came around 5pm, it was Valentino Rossi who had set the fastest lap, finishing ahead of Casey Stoner and Rossi's Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo. Dani Pedrosa completed the top four, the Aliens still clearly a breed apart in the MotoGP paddock.

While both Rossi and Stoner finished in the same positions as yesterday, both Jorge Lorenzo and especially Dani Pedrosa made a huge leap forward. Lorenzo jumped from 5th spot to 3rd, though he did not close the gap to his Fiat Yamaha teammate. Dani Pedrosa, on the other hand, closed the gap by over half a second, while working on the all-new Honda RC212V. Given that the bike has new Ohlins suspension, new electronics, a new chassis and a number of swingarms, there would appear to be plenty of room for improvement once the Repsol Honda team find the right setup for the bike.

After a difficult start on Thursday, Ben Spies was back in the swing of things and in the kind of form he had previously shown at Valencia. The Texan Tech 3 rider finished in 5th spot and under half a second back from Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa's Repsol Honda teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, came tantalizingly close to matching Spies, but fell just a few thousandths short, while the other Tech 3 Texan Colin Edwards came in a couple tenths behind Dovizioso and a hundredth ahead of Ducati's Nicky Hayden.

While Spies was the fastest of the rookies, Pramac Ducati's Aleix Espargaro was next quickest, four tenths back in 9th. Mapfre Aspar's Hector Barbera was the next rookie, finishing in 12th ahead of Hiroshi Aoyama (14th), Marco Simoncelli (15th) and Alvaro Baustista (16th).

The riders now head back home for a couple of weeks, before returning to Sepang at the end of the month, for the second of the two-day tests here at Sepang.

Times on Friday, courtesy of

Pos Rider Bike Time Diff Previous Fastest Total
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2'00.925 0.000 0.000 20 32
2 Casey Stoner Ducati 2'01.320 0.395 0.395 3 36
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2'01.680 0.755 0.360 27 60
4 Dani Pedrosa Honda 2'01.822 0.897 0.142 46 50
5 Ben Spies Yamaha 2'02.266 1.341 0.444 17 31
6 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 2'02.272 1.347 0.006 46 56
7 Colin Edwards Yamaha 2'02.479 1.554 0.207 38 42
8 Nicky Hayden Ducati 2'02.493 1.568 0.014 30 55
9 Aleix Espargaro Ducati 2'02.647 1.722 0.154 30 33
10 Loris Capirossi Suzuki 2'02.763 1.838 0.116 25 48
11 Marco Melandri Honda 2'02.810 1.885 0.047 49 55
12 Hector Barbera Ducati 2'03.032 2.107 0.222 48 51
13 Randy de Puniet Honda 2'03.043 2.118 0.011 30 48
14 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 2'03.195 2.270 0.152 39 56
15 Marco Simoncelli Honda 2'03.245 2.320 0.050 49 49
16 Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 2'03.274 2.349 0.029 32 37
17 Mika Kallio Ducati 2'03.359 2.434 0.085 46 53
18 Yamaha Test Rider Yamaha 2'05.803 4.878 2.444 23 29
19 Yamaha Test Rider Yamaha 2'06.621 5.696 0.818 8 20

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With so little testing time there is very little time for things to change from how they are here at the first test.

Who wants to wager that result being the actual final championship standings?