Casey Stoner leaves Sepang once more on top of the timesheets, after a brief hiatus on Wednesday. The Australian leads a Repsol Honda one-two, with teammate Dani Pedrosa just under two tenths behind, the Spaniard followed by a veritable Armada of Yamahas. Monster Tech 3 Yamaha Andrea Dovizioso was the fastest of the Yamahas on the satellite machine, just sneaking ahead of Jorge Lorenzo on the factory bike, though Lorenzo spent his day working on a race simulation (completed at an impressively constant and rapid pace) rather than chasing a fast time. Dovizioso's teammate Cal Crutchlow posted the 5th fastest time, ending the day just a tenth of a second slower than 2010 World Champion Lorenzo.
Hector Barbera was the fastest Ducati on the Pramac satellite machine, ending the test three quarters of a second behind Stoner, and just pipping his compatriot Alvaro Bautista on the satellite San Carlo Gresini Honda. Ben Spies was the last of the Yamaha riders, but Spies ended the day early, deciding against chasing a fast lap at the end of the day. LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl set the 9th fastest time, just over a second slower than Stoner on the factory bike, while the factory Ducatis of Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden ended the test in 10th and 11th, some 1.1 seconds slower than fastest man Stoner. Colin Edwards closed the gap for the CRT bikes, cutting the deficit to Stoner to just 3.2 seconds on his NGM Forward Suter BMW, while the Avintia teammates Yonny Hernandez and Ivan Silva continued to struggle on the FTR Kawasakis. Both men are 2 seconds inside the 107% qualifying limit, however, though at 6 seconds, the gap is still large.
With testing over, the paddock now heads home, to work on the data gathered ahead of the IRTA test at Jerez, where all of the MotoGP machines - prototypes and CRT machines alike - will gather on March 23rd. That three-day test will be the final opportunity to try out new parts before the season kicks off at Qatar.
Results, courtesy of MotoGP.com:
|6||Hector Barbera||Ducati GP0||2:01.231||0.758||0.245||66|
|10||Valentino Rossi||Ducati GP12||2:01.550||1.077||0.058||57|
|11||Nicky Hayden||Ducati GP12||2:01.609||1.136||0.059||44|
|12||Franco Battaini||Ducati Test||2:03.490||3.017||1.881||39|
|13||Colin Edwards||Suter BMW||2:03.681||3.208||0.191||43|
|14||Yonny Hernandez||FTR Kawasaki||2:06.632||6.159||2.951||48|
|15||Ivan Silva||FTR Kawasaki||2:06.785||6.312||0.153||53|