MotoGP » Stoner, Honda complete Sepang domination

The second of the three 2011 pre-season MotoGP tests ends with Casey Stoner fastest on all three days at Sepang II.

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gonen6t - Unregistered

February 24, 2011 1:32 PM

Can't help remembering all the laughing and finger pointing when Rossi left Winning Honda for losing Yamaha in 03. People easily forget the past is sometimes favored to repeat itself. NONE of us have a crystal ball, and have not a clue what is going on behind any of the teams closed doors. As the saying goes "thats why they run the races"

Dave - Unregistered

February 24, 2011 1:33 PM

From Motosprint, with a bit of help from Google translate:

The Doctor is not able to turn the Ducati at SEPANG - the Team and Valentino Rossi to Filippo Preziosi are not guys who are easily discouraged, andno one is panicking, but when Valentino came to say "I'm worried", then it means that the situation is serious.

The changes that the team has studied and tried have not produced significant results: "I always struggle to turn and especially I can not make my lines." And the posting is from the top and eight tenths of a second. A number that makes a certain restlessness, less than a month after the beginning of the season and with only two days of testing left.

The problem is that all the Ducatis appeared slow, with so many problems to solve, this means that the shoulder of Valentino has little to do with the results.

Dave - Unregistered

February 24, 2011 1:38 PM

More from Motosprint:

Honda meanwhile continue to fly. Pedrosa and Stoner have (as expected) down the wall of 2'00 ", and Yamaha should be strong because Lorenzo and Spies are a little 'lap times but as far as race pace is not so far away.

The superstar of the day was Casey Stoner in the morning has led to the limit 1'59 "6 (once stratospheric, with the" 800 "!) And in the afternoon held a race simulation through which he dominated. It was impressive when you consider that Australia is only in its third test with the Honda.

When you consider that in turn Pedrosa 1'59 "8 (and now he starts to fear), Andrea Dovizioso, Marco Simoncelli and are very close, you can see why, leaving Sepang, opponents of the Honda appeared even in shock . In two weeks we will try in Qatar, and confirmations reach them, but that Honda has taken a huge leap forward during the winter, it is now clear.

Dave - Unregistered

February 24, 2011 1:56 PM

So here is the rub:

Honda fill 1st to 5th, Yamaha fill 5th to 7th.

Honda and Yamaha have their top three nicely grouped around similar times (H = 1/3 sec apart, Y = 1/2 sec apart), and have equally spread capabilities across the teams from #1 to experienced campaigner in terms of riders. (Lets leave the rookies out for now)

The same goes for Ducati, and Rossi, Capirex, Du and Hayden are similarly bunched together, from 11th to 13th, within 2 hundredths of each other! Each of these riders are a match for a counterpart in the Honda and Yamaha teams.

If Rossi's shoulder was a factor he would be behind the others, if the bike was any good one or two would have to be below the 2:00.1 mark.

Finally: Number of laps by top three riders:
Honda - 121,
Yamaha - 109,
Ducati - 169.


CONCLUSION: The Ducati, at this moment in time, is sh!te


February 24, 2011 1:59 PM

It's unbelievable that Casey can set the fastest time of the test on only his second lap. On a bike that's new to him as well, truly astonishing.

Realistically that sort of riding will get him pole or front row every race. Can he convert it to race wins, we'll have to wait and see.

Good to see Dani rising to the challenge too.


February 24, 2011 2:30 PM
Last Edited 1737 days ago

"Can't help remembering all the laughing and finger pointing when Rossi left Winning Honda for losing Yamaha in 03. People easily forget the past is sometimes favored to repeat itself."

Difference being Rossi isn't racing Sete and Biaggi anymore. This isn't 2004 when Rossi could beat the competition on a 3 wheeled shopping trolley. He isn't head and shoulders better than the current top riders like he was back then. He will need to have a bike equal to the Yamaha and Honda to compete for wins. If Ducati doesn't produce a good bike than it's going to be a very difficult season.


February 24, 2011 2:33 PM

These tests just keep reinforcing what everyone has been saying for years: CS27 is a genius.

It almost seems like Rossi's input has driven the Desmo backwards. It's hard to believe that everyone else (barring Honda) has made astronomical leaps forward. Why are they so far behind?

I mean, the lone Suzuki is beating ALL the Ducatis. Capirossi must be pretty ticked off.

Rossi said he's "not riding the bike correctly." That doesn't necessarily place blame on him or the bike. But he's just waiting for Ducati themselves to say the bike is trash so he can reiterate and not seem like a jerk at first.

I do believe in the "80 second theory." I think what makes JB so great is that he is great at predicting outcomes....cause/effect. I think Rossi will finish a race 80 seconds from the leader, whomever that may be.


February 24, 2011 2:48 PM

RawDawg, I have to agree. Not long ago Rossi just needed a bike to be within 1/2second of the others in order to win. Those days have gone. The last time he was able to do that was the controversial race at Laguna. Not any more.

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