2011 MotoGP Sepang 1 vs Sepang 2 Comparison Times - Honda Fastest, And Also Most Improved

Below is a comparison of the best times from the Sepang 1 test at the start of February with the best times from the Sepang 2 test, which has just finished. The one thing that you immediately notice is that not only were the Repsol Hondas fastest at the test, they also showed the most improvement, with Casey Stoner knocking well over a second off his time, while Dani Pedrosa took just under a second off between Sepang 1 and Sepang 2.

Behind the Repsols come Colin Edwards, Hector Barbera and Cal Crutchlow, all of whom took just under seven tenths off their best lap times between the two tests, with Marco Simoncelli and Loris Capirossi not far behind. 

Showing the least improvement were the factory Ducatis and the factory Yamahas, with the Ducatis coming out marginally on top. Valentino Rossi took just under four tenths off his time from the first Sepang test, while Ben Spies improved by about a third of a second. Their respective teammates showed hardly any improvement at all, with Jorge Lorenzo improving by less than a tenth, and Nicky Hayden by even less.

Time comparison between Sepang 1 and Sepang 2:

Pos No. Rider Bike Sepang 1 Sepang 2 Improvement
1 27 Casey Stoner Honda 2:00.811 1:59.665 1.146
2 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 2:00.770 1:59.803 0.967
3 58 Marco Simoncelli Honda 2:00.757 2:00.163 0.594
4 4 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 2:00.945 2:00.531 0.414
5 11 Ben Spies Yamaha 2:01.002 2:00.678 0.324
6 1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2:00.845 2:00.931 0.086
7 5 Colin Edwards Yamaha 2:01.651 2:00.966 0.685
8 19 Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 2:01.687 2:01.194 0.493
9 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 2:01.353 2:01.328 0.025
10 40 Hector Barbera Ducati 2:02.030 2:01.346 0.684
11 46 Valentino Rossi Ducati 2:01.842 2:01.469 0.373
12 69 Nicky Hayden Ducati 2:01.534 2:01.469 0.065
13 65 Loris Capirossi Ducati 2:02.057 2:01.493 0.564
14 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 2:02.717 2:02.034 0.683
15 14 Randy de Puniet Ducati 2:02.159 2:02.155 0.004
16 24 Toni Elias Honda 2:02.916 2:02.410 0.506
17 17 Karel Abraham Ducati 2:02.645 2:02.506 0.139

 

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Comments

Is that a typo error on Lorenzo's time? I'm pretty sure he didn't go slower at the 2nd test.

Speaking of RDP.. I can't help but feel dissapointed in his times. The fact that the Duc is suffering all around makes me feel a little better. A little.

Casey has sorted out Honda's problems..
Vale might have caught Ducatose Intolerance??

It's seems that the chasis problems Ducati has since at least 2007 now surface mercilessly with the 1 Alien capable to "paint over" the problems being physically hampered.
Just 1 comment, that Rossi was using the soft front tire, says a lot I think. If I recall correctly in the past the Aliens always preferd the harder front for better braking feel. When Rossi chooses the softer one it has to be an act of despair.
I think it's save to say that it will take Ducati either a miracle or several month to get rid of the years old chasis problems.

For the rest, it would be interesting to know the lap times in the time between 13:00 and 16:00 o'clock in the afternoon and how consistent the riders could reproduce these.
Only the afternoon times carry relevance for the race.

Is that Stoner will get even faster as the season progresses as he fine tunes the suspension and electronics to suit his style even more. I was one who was cautious about Stoners 2011 title prospects simply becasue he will turn up at all the tracks without data, but I'm starting to think he'll be so fast it simply won't matter. At tracks where he chases the set up a bit he'll still be competitive and at tracks he likes and nails the setup on they won't even see which way he went. Lorenzo is still the favourite but he will face some real pressure this year and we'll see if that pushes him into making some more mistakes than last year where he rode just immaculately.