Once again, there were contrasting fortunes for the Camel Honda team during the first day of the second Sepang test; Alex Barros ending his first day on the 2005 spec RCV an impressive second fastest, while team-mate Troy Bayliss couldn't hide his disappointment at lapping over 2.3secs slower than the Brazilian.

Both riders were using the 2005 spec RC211V for the first time and Barros would head the timesheets for much of today, before eventually finishing second fastest - 0.36secs behind Sete Gibernau.

"It was really hot today, and humid too, so it was a challenging day from a physical point of view," confirmed Barros. "I'm still very satisfied though. We worked in the first part of the morning getting the bike set-up, seeing as a few of the electronic components have changed, but despite the track conditions being really bad, I went quick straight away.

"Obviously we already have a good base and that is really positive," he enthused. "In the afternoon we made some more adjustments to the forks and then I tried three new front tyres from Michelin. They are still just prototypes which their engineers made after the work we did three weeks ago, and tomorrow we will try some more, whilst we will also test some rear tyres which I was unable to try out during the last tests."

"These tests are important because we have begun work on the new bike," reflected team principal Sito Pons. "Our first impressions are good and we want to make the most of the relatively long time before the season begins to continue to make progress.

"The bike is an evolution of last year's machine, with modifications in the electronics and the aerodynamics," the Spaniard revealed. "Alex, who has ridden the Honda for a while, was instantly quick on it and made constant improvements throughout the day."

But Bayliss, who fell from his RCV today, was naturally less pleased at lapping so far off the pace and needs to find a better set-up.

"I'm a bit disappointed, I can't deny it, because just a couple of weeks ago I left Sepang in good shape, yet today things just didn't go too well," said the former factory Ducati rider. "On a positive note, basing things on my experiences at the last test, I know that working with this team we will eventually find the right direction for the set-up, because that's all that's missing - the bike is strong and it goes well.

"Today to make matters worse the track was in poor conditions, I didn't have a good feeling and towards the end of the day I crashed as I opened the throttle and was going rather quick. But I'm fine and I have already agreed with Santi (Mulero, crew chief) the changes we will make tomorrow."

"Troy wasn't totally comfortable in the saddle today, but we are working intensely with him to put his requests into effect," declared Pons. "At the end of the January test he was happy, now the bike has changed a bit, but I am sure that we will manage to find a good setting for him, so the RC211V feels like it is his."

Sepang II test times - Friday:

1. Sete Gibernau SPA Telefonica Movistar Honda 2min 1.76secs
2. Alex Barros BRA Camel Honda 2min 2.12secs
3. Makoto Tamada JPN Konica Minolta Honda 2min 2.41secs
4. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro 2min 2.47secs
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha Gauloises 2min 2.53secs
6. Carlos Checa SPA Ducati Marlboro 2min 2.56secs
7. Max Biaggi ITA Repsol Honda 2min 2.60secs
8. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda 2min 2.67secs
9. Marco Melandri ITA Telefonica Movistar Honda 2min 2.691secs
10. Colin Edwards USA Yamaha Gauloises 2min 2.98secs
11. Toni Elias SPA Fortuna Yamaha Tech 3 2min 3.90secs
12. Ruben Xaus SPA Fortuna Yamaha Tech 3 2min 4.08secs
13. Shinichi Itoh JPN Ducati Bridgestone TTT2min 4.30secs
14. Troy Bayliss AUS Camel Honda 2min 4.45secsOther riders also present, but no times 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

Previous pre-season testing:

(25/01/2005) Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro 2min 0.54secs



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