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Stoner second quickest at test

Despite finishing second fastest in Monday's rain-shortened Brno MotoGP test, Casey Stoner felt the day had been 'a bit of a waste'.

The Australian, third in Sunday's race, rode for 37 laps - and got to try the new Ohlins front fork - but didn't seem to feel much had been gained.

"We tried a new fork today and as far as we could tell the feeling is positive," said Stoner, who was 0.575sec slower than fastest man Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).

"Unfortunately we were only able to get a couple of hours in this morning because immediately after lunch it started to rain and we couldn't complete the test.

"I hung about in the garage in case we got chance to go back out but the track stayed wet and there was no point. Our impressions of the fork are good but really the day was a bit of a waste."

While Stoner is heading for Honda next season, and therefore unlikely to test any 2011 parts, Nicky Hayden looks set to stay put and ride alongside Valentino Rossi.

However, the new fork seems to have been the only new parts the American – riding with an injured hand from his qualifying crash - tested.

"We got out there this morning and got a few hours of testing in because we really needed it. We had a few new settings we wanted to try as well as the new fork," said Hayden, who was tenth fastest after his 38 laps.

"The feedback was positive but at the moment but we need more tests. My hand was a little painful but honestly it wasn't a major drama and I hope that with a week's rest I can be fit for my home race."

The Indianapolis Grand Prix takes place at the end of this month.

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August 17, 2010 9:44 PM

What a total waste everyones time. The testing ban (along with the f*cking stupid 6 engine rule) is just a load of w*nk. As has been said many times, it costs f*ck all to stay behind at a track after a race weekend to test for 1 or 2 days. Everybody is there already. A couple of tests a year are, as Casey points out "a bit of a waste" when it f*cking rains half way through the day. Money saving - want to save some money? Don't fly out to America, race, fly all the way back to Europe, race and then fly back to the States again straight after. I do sometimes wonder how the people who "run" this sport arrive at these ideas.


August 18, 2010 7:46 PM

@Gcanno "And on the fourth day Valentio created the sky and the trees and all the animals." Next thing you'll be telling us is that Vale invented the wheel to go with all those wonderful engine maps he created for Yamaha. Yes he did HELP turn the M1 into a great bike but do you honestly think he'll walk in the door at Bologna, ride the GP10 and turn it into an M1 before the season even starts next year? Stoner was second fastest and thought the day was a bit of a waste cos of the rain...that doesn't make him a moaner, it makes him a bloody hard racer that isn't satisfied with second! :?

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