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Valencia MotoGP test times as of 5pm on Wednesday, at the end of the second and final day.

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November 09, 2011 4:37 PM
Last Edited 1637 days ago

And thus concludes the action for the 2011 calendar year. Now we get to squabble amongst ourselves for a few months. I may as well get the ball rolling by daring to give my thoughts on the testing.

I'm surprised that Stoner did not get out there and pip Dani as he usually likes to set the tone. Does this signal a new approach from Stoner? Or is Dani perhaps better suited to the new bike? After being a second quicker than Dani on the 800cc 2 days ago, I really doubt that Stoner is going to be slower than Dani on the 1000cc at this track. That being the case, how much more could Stoner/Honda have pulled out in these tests? It's a reasonable question.

Would really have liked to see Jorge out there. I think he'd be a number of tenths faster than Ben and thus closer to the lead Hondas. This also would have given the Honda boys an incentive to inadvertantly show their hand a bit more.

Crutchlow's results are intere


November 09, 2011 4:38 PM
Last Edited 1637 days ago


Crutchlow's results are interesting. Spies alone would be more than 2 tenths a better rider than Crutchlow (no disrespect intended) and I doubt there's only 2 tenths or less difference between the factory Yamaha and the satellite Yamaha. On that basis, I think Spies/Yamaha have a lot more to come that they chose not to show. Add Jorge to the equation and gets the mind wondering.

Yesterday I stuck up for Dovi when people were criticising his performance. Fifth is good, but 7 tenths off his team-mate is too much - even allowing for the fact it is a new bike. After all, Crutchlow was not as fast as Edwards, so Dovi is a long way from where he wants to be. He's got some sleepless nights ahead I reckon.

Rossi. Wow. Where to begin. This is horrible. Forget all this "early days" and "lab bike" crap. Similar excuses were made for a similar poor showing in last year's Valencia tests and we all know how the 2011 season turned out. Ducati are in serious trouble. Rossi is in for anoth


November 09, 2011 4:39 PM
Last Edited 1637 days ago


Ducati are in serious trouble. Rossi is in for another terrible year.

It's interesting to contrast Bautista's first day on the Honda to Stoner's first day 12 months ago. Does anyone know if Bautista was on a factory machine or a satellite machine?

They'll do a lot of tweaking with the concept, but the CRT concept is (unfortunately) not going to be the addition to MotoGP that many have been talking up. Not in 2012 at least.

That's my two cents.

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