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Stunning Stoner fastest on final day of 2010

Casey Stoner fastest on second and final day of Valencia test; Jorge Lorenzo's day one time unbeaten; Valentino Rossi just 15th at end of Ducati debut...
Casey Stoner completed a dream debut for Honda by snatching the top spot in the closing stages of the Valencia MotoGP test, the last official track action of 2010.

Second on his RC212V debut on Tuesday, the Australian - a Ducati rider for the past four years - ran third behind Factory Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben spies for much of day two, then vaulted ahead in the final hour with a 1min 32.066sec.

Stoner, whose 23 Ducati race wins is more than any other rider has achieved in the 800cc era, improved by 0.709sec on Wednesday and could scarcely have hoped for a better debut - especially having outpaced new team-mates and established Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa (injured) and Andrea Dovizioso almost from his first lap on the bike.

"There's not much I'm not happy with!” Stoner told at the conclusion of the Test. “Of course there is still a long way to go for us with the bike but we've come away with a reasonable base setting.

"We still have to get the general feeling of the bike a bit better in the middle of the corner turning, but that's just a case of getting more time on the bike and a better balance for me as I have a different style to most riders.

"At this moment, with the set-up we currently have, we have been very happy with the feedback the bike's been giving us and the way everyone's been working.”

New world champion Lorenzo, fastest by 0.763sec over Stoner on day one, finished day two just 0.113sec behind in second position. However the Spaniard, running the #1 plate for the first time, was fractionally quickest on combined times thanks to his 1min 32.012sec day one effort.

Spies, promoted to the factory squad in place of departing seven time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi, will be pleased to have closed significantly on Lorenzo during day two. 0.866sec behind Lorenzo at the end of day one, the American was only 0.143sec adrift after day two.

Fellow rookie Marco Simoncelli was just 0.384sec from Stoner in fourth place, despite some falls, making the San Carlo Honda Gresini rider the second fastest RCV present. Pedrosa, nursing a healing collarbone and trying new parts for 2011, was a few tenths slower in fifth.

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The Game

November 10, 2010 5:37 PM
Last Edited 2419 days ago

It's a shame to see this fake $ss Rossi fans saying that he has disappointed us. The guy is testing I mean get real y'all we al know he is in a development stage, not trying to put some of these fast laptimes. Can't believe how many dumb f&!kers we got on this website.

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