MotoGP » Malaysian MotoGP, Sepang - Friday practice (1)

Full Friday free practice times (1) from the Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang, round 17 of 18.

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October 21, 2011 6:15 AM
Last Edited 1569 days ago

I compared some times from Sepang test day 3, and both Rossi and Stoner are about 2.8-2.9 seconds slower in FP1 and Pedrosa 2.1 seconds slower than the test time where both he and Stoner went under 2 min.
So, if we compare relative times the Ducati still hasn't improved given Rossi had his injured shoulder to deal with during the test and an injured finger during FP1.

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October 21, 2011 6:40 AM

I think a honda will probably win.

Yes hopper, that will show them... Naka on the yam, should have put hill on it. Are you sure you want to ditch ce for cal herve?

Looking forward to a boring race.


October 21, 2011 6:44 AM

FP1 of this year, to FP1 last year, seems about half a second slower. (using Edwards Hayden & Bautista times)

And the difference between these times and those of the Feb 2011 tests here almost impossible to compare. The track was yeilding times that may have been 2 seconds faster than either FP1.


October 21, 2011 6:51 AM
Last Edited 1569 days ago

Agreed RobG, Winter tests and race week-end times have always been incomparable. Riders use to be faster during winter-tests, It's not the same weather AT ALL. Way too much humidity in October, track doesn't get enough grip and the engines hate that too.

And most of the best lap times during Winters tests are made in the 5 first laps in the morning. Then the track gets too hot.


October 21, 2011 7:01 AM

Indeed, COMPLETELY different times of year, and once again, it's only free practice one. Expect them to pull up to 2 seconds off their times (The leaders) as they (Casey) did in Phillip Island.

Also, longer circuit, so room for more time to be shed.


October 21, 2011 7:08 AM

Guys, you're missing my point. Of course the track and conditions are different, but unless you think Rossi and the Ducati are going to improve more than everyone else during the rest of the weekend (and I don't!)there has been no move forward step between the GP11 and GP11.whatever.

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