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).

Eighth place, and ahead of all the Ducatis, was the lone Rizla Suzuki of Alvaro Bautista (+1.529) with Simoncelli's team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama, riding a satellite RC212V, in ninth (+1.663). Both fell today.

Aspar's Hector Barbera (+1.681) completed the top ten as the leading Desmosedici rider.

After missing day two due to sickness, seven time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi did his best to make up for lost time by riding for 59 laps - the most of any rider except Ducati team-mate Nicky Hayden (71) - on day three.

The Italian star finished in 11th position, with a best lap time identical to Hayden. Both were 1.804sec from Stoner.

Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow set his best lap of the test to claim 14th place on Thursday, ahead of class returnee Toni Elias (LCR Honda) and Crutchlow's fellow rookie Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Ducati)

Only the two-day Qatar Test, which takes place in mid-March, now remains before the start of the new racing season.



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