After the drama of Day 1, the second day of testing at Sepang got off to a much more normal start. Adding to the sense of normality was Casey Stoner, performing his usual trick of being fast right out of the gate and setting the fastest time early. But Stoner would not sit atop the timesheets for too long. By midday, Colin Edwards had taken over top spot on the Tech 3 Yamaha, only to pass the baton on to Randy de Puniet in the afternoon.
The Frenchman was once again the fastest rider of the day, taking 2/10ths off his fastest time from yesterday. How much we can read into his time is hard to say, as De Puniet's LCR Honda was almost certainly running qualifiers at the time.
Encouragingly for Yamaha, the next three fastest times were all set by M1s, with Colin Edwards leading the Fiat Yamaha team mates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, leaving Casey Stoner's Ducati down in 5th. Stoner was followed by the Kawasaki of John Hopkins and the Suzuki of Loris Capirossi.
Despite the fast times set by De Puniet and Stoner, both the Hondas and the Ducatis are struggling most. Stoner's team mate is still struggling with the Ducati GP8, setting a very disappointing 16th fastest time, in a foreboding echo of Loris Capirossi's struggles in 2007. At Honda, with Dani Pedrosa back home with a broken hand, Nicky Hayden is left to test the new bikes on his own. HRC has bought several different engine and chassis combinations to test, which may explain The Kentucky Kid's mediocre 10th time. The satellite Hondas, running what is basically the bike which Dani Pedrosa won the final GP of 2007 at Valencia on, are faring a little better, with Shinya Nakano and Andrea Dovizioso finishing ahead of Hayden on the 2008 RC212V.
Testing completes tomorrow.
|Pos.||Rider||Bike||Time||Fast Lap||Total Laps|
|1||Randy de Puniet||Honda||2'01.139||22||63|
|14||Alex de Angelis||Honda||2'02.914||14||41|