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Hayden claims fastest time on damp second day

Nicky Hayden emerges fastest after making the most of a late opportunity for dry track time on day two of the Jerez MotoGP test.
Nicky Hayden provided the Factory Ducati team with a welcome morale boost by topping the timesheets on day two of the Jerez MotoGP test.

The American, sixth and 1.4sec behind Honda's Casey Stoner on the opening day, jumped to the head of the field during a frantic flurry of late lap times on a drying track.

The 2006 world champion's best time of 1m 40.755s was 1.6sec off Stoner's Friday best, but only 0.25sec from Hayden's own day one mark.

A lesser known rider led the timesheets for most of the second day. Avintia's MotoGP rookie Ivan Silva was one of only two riders to get some dry laps in before the wind and rain arrived. The other was Ducati test rider Franco Battaini.

The track then fell silent as riders waited in vain for better weather, before most opted to do some wet running at around 2pm. Stoner's Repsol team-mate Dani Pedrosa was quickest in the wet, but had already packed up by the time the track finally returned to slick-tyre conditions late in the day.

Five riders were able to move ahead of Silva in the closing minutes, but Hayden was a full 0.9sec clear of second placed Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Ducati). Factory Yamaha's Ben Spies, Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista and Pramac Ducati's Hector Barbera completed the top five ahead of Silva's FTR-Kawasaki CRT machine.

Former grand prix rider Battaini was credited with seventh, while Michele Pirro (Gresini FTR-Honda), James Ellison (PBM ART) and Danilo Petrucci (Ioda-Aprilia) completed the top ten.

Suter-BMW rider Colin Edwards made it four CRTs in a row, with Pedrosa's wet time good enough for twelfth out of the 21 riders to complete a lap

Fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo (Factory Yamaha) was one place behind, having also opted against a late run, with reigning double world champion Stoner 18th after completing just three wet laps.

The Australian was followed on the timesheets by Valentino Rossi, usually competitive in the wet on the Desmosedici, but just 19th fastest from his 18 laps on Saturday. Rossi, still seeking a better front-end feeling on his Desmosedici, will be hoping more than most for a dry final day of testing on Sunday.

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IDontKnow - Unregistered

March 24, 2012 5:51 PM

If I were Ducati, I think I would be "focusing" as much on Hayden as I were Valentino this year. With Vale no doubt looking for the emergency exit, and Hayden, seemingly, on par with Vale's performance on the Ducati, it would be nice to keep at least one current rider for next year as they try and make changes. Nicky can still run up front for a while, he has shown that much. I'm not saying he is taking another title anytime soon, but he could be in the second pack battle at the pointy end.


March 24, 2012 6:56 PM

What's amusing Jamal is that they guy who is getting paid more than probably half the grid combine, the guy who was beaten by his teammate yesterdsay, the guy who is complaining about the front still giving him problams after going through more chassis in a season than Ducati has in the last 3 or 4 years was sitting in the garage while Hadyen was out banging in laps. That's amusing! Or is that head scratching? Or both?

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