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Sepang II starts

The second of the three 2012 MotoGP pre-season tests ets underway at Sepang in Malaysia.
The green lights went on to signal the start of the second official MotoGP test of the year at 10am local time at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.

The weather is typically hot and sunny, but has also been unpredictable of late - with even more afternoon rainstorms than usual.

As such, it is perhaps not a surprise that some bikes took to the track as soon as the session began, with Ducati's Valentino Rossi first to complete a lap.

All twelve manufacturer riders are again present for the three-day test, plus the Forward Racing and BQR 'Claiming Rule Teams'.

Repsol Honda's reigning world champion Casey Stoner was fastest at the first Sepang test earlier this month, setting a 1m 59.607s to finish 0.591sec ahead of Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.

Dani Pedrosa (Honda) was third, Ben Spies (Yamaha) fourth and Rossi fifth.

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February 28, 2012 8:22 AM

Valentino Rossi doesn't need to be the fastest to be competative. Look at 2008 when his Yamaha was nowhere near as fast as the Ducati, but he won the championship anyway! Testing and qualifying do show who has the fastest bike, but when it comes to actually racing other things like skill come well into play! As long as Valentino has a better set up to anything like he endured last year he will do whatever he can to be the cat amongst the pigeons!!!


February 28, 2012 11:08 AM

I don't have an "obsession" with Valentino Rossi, just a preference, so what is so wrong with that?? Most of the people on this site "prefer" Casey Stoner, so does that mean they also look "silly" !!!

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