MotoGP » Sepang II MotoGP test times - Thursday (Final)

MotoGP lap times as of 6pm - the end of the third day at the second official 2013 test, held at Sepang.

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February 28, 2013 5:03 PM

interesting test results, however I'm quite suprised to see the improvement in ducati's pace. overall the biggest suprise of the entire 3 day testing sessions have been crutchlow especially on a satellite bike.


February 28, 2013 6:51 PM

@ andrew

Dude, what improvement? They are still - more or less - where they have been (and where they will remain all season):

Thursday final:
Dovi - 2m 1.650s 8th
Hayden - 2m 2.070s 9th

Wednesday final:
Hayden - 2m 1.778s 8th
Dovi - 2m 1.803s 9th

crazymofo - Unregistered

February 28, 2013 11:50 PM

the 2nd half of last season, rossi was on a slide back down the grid. after two years and SOOOOO much development poured into the bike.
fast forward to this year, dovi has piloted the same bike to be within a closer margin to the leaders (just over 1 sec!) then rossi could have hoped for. im not implying dovi is a better rider then rossi, far from it, i honestly think the top tier of riders are simular and the difference comes down to set up/team/bike., rather what i was getting at, was rossi didnt try and extract the best from the ducati, he just rolled over and rode in circles for his pay rather large pay packet. dovi on the other hand is willing to push the bike to the limit to understand it more (stoner did the same.... more often past the limit!) and it shows in the time sheets, dovi has cut the gap down a lot in the little time he has had on the machine. it can only be a good thing for ducati, and just what they needed.


March 01, 2013 12:56 AM

@ crazy mofo
I won't get into the circular development conversation that litters every discussion regarding Rossi and Ducati, but Dovi is not realistically any closer than Rossi was. I'm sure somebody here will have Rossi's figures from the front for the past two years, but I remember some races/practices/qualifying where Rossi was close in practice (like the 5th in Motegi 2010 FP session). Dovi isn't doing anything that Rossi didn't do over the last two years. The other issue is with the statements regarding Rossi not extracting the best from the bike. Rossi did the best that he could on an ailing bike, and he rode that bike to the limit to the tune of multiple crashes trying to push the bike. It's a nonsensical statement to say the least.


March 01, 2013 1:02 AM

@ crazy mofo (cont.)

Like in this FP session:

1. Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda Team 2m 0.987s (53)
2. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team 2m 1.360s (46)
3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha Factory Racing 2m 1.468s (50)
4. Colin Edwards USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2m 1.654s (42)
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda Team 2m 1.747s (54)
6. Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing 2m 1.808s (47)
7. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini 2m 1.939s (73)
8. Marco Simoncelli ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 2m 1.996s (49)
9. Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Team 2m 1.999s (53)

Rossi was a tad over a second from the front, but still landed in 9th. The bike hasn't gone anywhere man.

moto - Unregistered

March 01, 2013 3:01 AM

@crazy moto : the 2nd half of last season, rossi was on a slide back down the grid. after two years and SOOOOO much development poured into the bike.

i wouldn't say its 'much development poured into the bike'.....

when rossi got the aluminum swing arm, honda already got a new bike ready for next season. And since the begining of the season honda already threw many parts to solve chatter problem for pedrosa & stoner.... not so much development really at ducati......

but, man... the honda boys are really fast this year...

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