New Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner began the second Sepang MotoGP test just as he had the first - on top of the timesheets.
With no new parts being introduced by HRC for the second of the three pre-season tests, Stoner got down to the business of tuning the set-up of his factory RC212V on Tuesday.
The 2007 world champion finished the day as the only rider to break the 2min 1sec barrier, with a lap time 0.373sec faster than team-mate Dani Pedrosa.
That lap, which was only 0.230sec slower than the best time by Marco Simoncelli at the first Sepang test earlier this month, was set late in the day on a soft tyre.
However, when asked by Crash.net
about how much more potential was available through set-up alone, Stoner revealed that he had been almost as fast on the harder tyre during the hottest part of the day.
“The set-up today, I mean we were able to run some lap times I was really happy with,” said Stoner. “I expected everyone else to be quite a lot faster. We ran what would still have been the fastest lap time of the day with a hard tyre, in 56-degrees track temperature, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.
“I was really impressed by that. Last time we couldn't even get the hard tyres to work and this time we could run more or less the same as with the softer ones. I did my best lap at the end on the softer tyre, but in the middle of the day when we had the hard tyre it was really impressive.”
What did you change to make the hard tyre work?
“We changed the weight distribution towards that tyre,” replied the Australian. “Basically we weren't getting enough weight on the hard tyre at the last test. So it really wasn't working. We couldn't get any grip out of it. This test we put a bit more weight on the rear. We're having a few wheelie problems but not bad.”
Despite being consistently fast throughout winter testing, Stoner is yet to make a decision on which of the two 2011 RCV chassis options he prefers.