The second day of testing at Sepang saw very mixed feedback from the new Camel Honda line-up of Alex Barros and Troy Bayliss; the Brazilian building his confidence further with another strong showing, while Bayliss struggled.

Returning rider Barros carried out intense testing on a wide range of Michelin tyres today, as he sought to improve their performance in extreme weather conditions, such as those found in the searing heat and humidity of Malaysia.

"Today was another great day of work, very productive and very intense," began Barros, who lapped 0.29secs slower than yesterday. "I tested something like 12 new front tyres! The objective was to give some feedback to all of Michelin so they can prepare a new series of front tyres for the test back here in Sepang in a couple of weeks.

"Tomorrow perhaps we will work on some rear rubbers. Only towards the end of the day did I make some little refinements to the set-up of the forks, but it wasn't much really."

"Today we carried out a series of very tough tests, because testing front tyres - of which some are made of a new compound - requires the ultimate in focus," confirmed Barros's technical director Ramon Forcada. "I think that we've done a good job alongside the Michelin technicians today, which will be very useful when we get back here within less than three weeks.

"Alex also was quick throughout the day, and always amongst the fastest out on track; once again his fastest lap came on race tyres, and he went back underneath the track record," he revealed. "Unless we get any more test requests from the French technicians, we won't use the softer tyres at all tomorrow, because a one-off fast lap with qualifying tyres is not our aim at this moment in time."

Meanwhile, things weren't quite so promising for former factory Ducati rider Bayliss, who rejected the chance to test new tyres so that he could continue his adaptation to the RCV. The Aussie bettered his best time from yesterday by nearly a second, but wasn't really comfortable and ended the day 0.918secs behind Barros.

"It was quite a tough day today, because although I lowered my best time, I didn't feel completely at ease in the saddle," confessed Troy after his 52 laps. "I've gone a bit off course at the moment, but seeing as that at Jerez the bike went really well and also the other Hondas are already pretty well set up here, there's no real reason why we shouldn't be able to get back on track."

"The modifications we tested today, which aimed to improve traction and the behaviour of Troy's bike on the brakes didn't give us the results we wanted, but we have already decided down which route we will go tomorrow," explained Bayliss's technical director Santiago Mulero.

"Using the data we collected today from both riders we will try to make Troy's adaptation to the RC211V a little easier, and will try to make the settings more suitable to his style of riding."

Sepang test times - Monday:

1. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro 2min 1.98secs
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha Gauloises 2min 2.16secs
3. Sete Gibernau SPA Telefonica Movistar Honda 2min 2.20secs
4. Max Biaggi ITA Repsol Honda 2min 2.29secs
5. Alex Barros BRA Camel Honda 2min 2.30secs
6. Kenny Roberts USA Team Suzuki 2min 2.38secs
7. Colin Edwards USA Yamaha Gauloises 2min 2.48secs
8. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda 2min 2.49secs
9. Makoto Tamada JPN Konica Minolta Honda 2min 2.69secs
10. Marco Melandri SPA Telefonica Movistar Honda 2min 2.70secs
11. Toni Elias SPA Fortuna Yamaha Tech 3 2min 3.20secs
12. Shinya Nakano JPN Fuchs Kawasaki 2min 3.40secs
13. Ruben Xaus SPA Fortuna Yamaha Tech 3 2min 3.40secs
14. Alex Hofmann GER Fuchs Kawasaki 2min 3.50secs
15. Troy Bayliss AUS Camel Honda 2min 3.91secs

John Hopkins USA Team Suzuki No time released

Comparative lap times:
Malaysian Grand Prix - 10/10/2004:

Pole position: Valentino Rossi ITA Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha 2min 1.833secs

Fastest laps: Yamaha: Valentino Rossi ITA Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha 2min 3.253secs Honda: Max Biaggi ITA Camel Honda 2min 3.281secsDucati: Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro 2min 4.048secsKawasaki: Shinya Nakano JPN Fuchs Kawasaki 2mins 4.264secsSuzuki: John Hopkins USA Team Suzuki 2min 4.879secs

Pre-season testing:

(23/01/2005) Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro 2min 2.18secs

 

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