Honda's perfect start to 2011 extended to day five of MotoGP pre-season testing, as Casey Stoner led a Repsol Honda one-two-three at the top of the Sepang timesheets on Wednesday.
Team-mate Dani Pedrosa had been fastest for almost the entire second day, thanks to a flying fourth lap in the cooler morning conditions.
Stoner later pipped Pedrosa by just 0.058sec on his 42nd and final lap of the day, with Andrea Dovizioso just 0.360sec from the Australian in third place.
But despite leading the timesheets for the second day running, and the third time this year, Stoner revealed that most of the day had actually been unsuccessful.
“We tested a lot of things today - 2011 forks and things like that - but a good 60 percent of the day was pretty useless for us,” said Stoner. “We tried a lot of configurations with the 2011 fork and shock. We found quite a lot more chattering with it. We couldn't really get on with it. So that was a bit disappointing.
“Yesterday we were working on making the bike better with what we had, and just comparing the two chassis options. Today we stayed 90 percent of the time on one chassis, just trying different fork configurations and changing geometry to try and get the bike to work with the new forks.
“We never really found something that felt good, so I was a little bit disappointed to have spent so much time on that, but it was necessary to do.”
As a result of today's testing, Stoner plans to stick with the 'standard' forks for now, but intends to bring the 2011 forks - which gave an improvement under hard braking - back out at a later date.
“Maybe at the next [Qatar] test,” said Stoner. “For me it's a little bit too confusing just to keep throwing different things at the bike until we get the geometry and base set-up that we want. It's better to keep it simple.”
Stoner, like Pedrosa, is still to make a decision on which chassis option to use for the season ahead.