MotoGP » Sepang II MotoGP test times - Tuesday 6pm

Sepang MotoGP lap times as of 6pm on Tuesday, at the end of day one of the second official test of 2011.

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#46Renovation - Unregistered

February 22, 2011 12:25 PM

I am a Rossi fan and I realy hope that something comes to him from this test. If, however, I was a betting man, right now all my money would be on Casey Stoner, soft tyres or not! I do not believe in all that talk about tests being only tests, otherwise why would all the teams invest so much in them? The evidence is simply inescapable: In the 3 tests thus far, Casey and the Honda are clearly the rider/bike combination to beat right now. Man, I am afraid!

Kees de Vries

February 22, 2011 12:28 PM
Last Edited 1653 days ago

Casey has been very impressive this morning..
Not only because he is topping the first day but also from the 53 laps he rode a staggering 17 laps under 2.02 (fastest race lap last year 2.02.117 by VR)

For comparasing, Dani rode 46 laps and only 4 laps under 2.02.00..
Ouch, that hurts...

Racers Edge....... - Unregistered

February 22, 2011 12:33 PM

Yes this is only testing and it is only day one!!!
And Yes Rossi Has improved his position from day one on the last test here !!! I believe the comments on whether they were on soft Racing tyres or hard racing tyres is irrelivant!! I am unaware why Rossi Would be so happy that he did the time on hard tyres ...Stoner usually raced the ducati on the harder tyres for Rossi to suggest he finally had the ducati working on the harder ones means to me he is way behind the eight ball ....... He needs to Sos Yamaha For A frame or praay to Mike the bike Hailwood for guidence in riding a wayward Bike or get a few tips from even Casey!! As Rossi to my knowledge has never been this far behind in testing ever... Yet for the final picture I will wait until the end of qatar race to be certain No matter what he is still a champion first or last......I have never liked his antics at the end of racers though Cheers for great racing in 2011

Professor Sundermiller - Unregistered

February 22, 2011 12:36 PM

I took great interest in what Burgess has been saying of late and sadly it doesn't add up.

* All the bikes are similar he says, similar suspensions etc that all teams use. Well that is true but the build of the bike as in engine, chassis, geometry and weight distribution account for more.

Burgess knows nothing about Carbon Fibre Chassis's especially this one with the engine as the lynch pin and part of the chassis front to back. The engine is unique to Ducati being a L configuration versus a V for the Japanese bikes. It is a physically bigger engine and trying to position it within this CF framework is a problem that Ducati are well aware of but cannot overcome. The lack of flex is inherently the problem with what they have left in room to work with. Cooling problems are another big issue, the winglets were not only for down force.

So it isn't the little step like he took from Honda to Yamaha.....and it is now showing up big time. Rossi will not win a race on that bike this year.


February 22, 2011 12:41 PM

@ #46renovation

Nice realism. I am a Stoner supporter but have the deepest respect for Rossi. Can only dream of being able to ride like him one day. And what he's done in his career is amazing. I also don't write him off at all. I have no doubt he will be competitive at some point this year again.

But as you say, at the moment, Casey is the man with the times to beat. People (Vale supporters) also seem to see Casey support as Vale hate. Everyone supports who they support and we're all a little edgy from excitement from lack of race action. Racers Edge just said it pretty well too.

confused - Unregistered

February 22, 2011 12:52 PM

Sundermiller, dont see Vale not winning any races this year, you never quite know with bike racing,but its going to be very tough, i bet he now wonders if the move to Duke was the correct one, at the moment it doesnt look like it and money isnt everything,

Tommy - Unregistered

February 22, 2011 12:53 PM

This is a pi55ing contest that Danny is not going to win. The internal posturing at Honda must be quite something. Love to see the look on Puigs
By the end of the 3rd race, possibly sooner the clear number one at Honda will be determined and that will be Stoner.

You can only imagine his joy at riding this type of bike, to be getting the type of support and engineering that only Yam and Honda can afford, he has had to make do with a Ducati parts bin raid in the past.


Professor Sundermiller - Unregistered

February 22, 2011 1:01 PM

Confused, He will not have Stoners ability to ride the bike when it worked on specific circuits for a just isn't his style. The bike doesn't turn well and you can't change lines through turns. Rossi adjusted his bikes for smooth riding. The problems he faces are not development problems, they are design flaws.

Can he adjust his riding? possibly a little but nothing like Stoner. He and Burgess honestly believed it would be an easy fix based on their earlier comments. They disrespected Casey in a big honestly what rider would say another is not pushing hard enough....and then come up with the type of riding he has with his own developments included????

Briggs Who - Unregistered

February 22, 2011 1:11 PM

Alex Briggs seems to have caught the ego flu that seems to go around the Rossi group. He wouldn't know a fraction of what JB knows and JB can't keep his own head above water....there all drowning.

Agree about the disrespect shown to Casey by these know it alls, He's not pushing at 100% says Rossi. The Ducati riders don't set up there bikes properly says Burgess. Good to see how a big size 10 smacked in their mouths.
They have all shown nothing and done nothing in 3 tests. There is only one direction they can go now given there on the bottom rung.

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