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Stoner fastest on all three days at Sepang

The second of the three 2011 pre-season MotoGP tests ends with Casey Stoner fastest on all three days at Sepang II.
A sub-two minute MotoGP lap of the Sepang Circuit handed Casey Stoner a perfect sweep of the second official test session of 2011, while Honda has now been unbeaten during both three-day tests at the Malaysian track.

Stoner thumped out a 1min 59.665sec cracker on only his second lap of day three, with Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa later joining him as the only rider under the two-minute mark.

A lull in intensity followed during the suffocating midday heat, before another burst of action with two hours to go.

The day then threatened to end early when a spectacular thunderstorm moved near the circuit, but rain never quite reached the track.

However the dark clouds kept most riders in the pits for the final 30 minutes and Stoner's advantage over Pedrosa remained at 0.138sec by the time testing officially concluded at 6pm.

Prior to this week's test, Stoner had led day one of the first Sepang test - earlier this month - with Pedrosa and then Marco Simoncelli taking over at the top on days two and three.

Pedrosa was runner-up to Stoner on all three days of the second test, while Gresini Honda rider Simoncelli, who also has a factory RCV, moved forward from eighth, to sixth, and then third (+0.498) this week.

Fourth on Thursday was Stoner and Pedrosa's Repsol team-mate Andrea Dovizioso (+0.876), who had been fifth and third on the first two days.

The top Yamaha on Thursday was Ben Spies in fifth (+1.013). The American concluded testing at lunchtime feeling very satisfied with his race pace on hard tyres, but with room for improvement in qualifying spec on the soft tyres.

Satellite Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Colin Edwards was sixth (+1.301) with Spies' team-mate and reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo in seventh (+1.338).




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G-Banger - Unregistered

February 24, 2011 10:07 AM

Fantastic test and some amazing times from the Honda squad.What else is there left to say about Stoner?Someone coined the term "Alpha Alien" sometime back and they look to be spot-on. Stoner seems to like Qatar,he should be plenty quick there..another lap record? You bet.



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