Casey Stoner ends MotoGP test at Sepang fastest for Honda
|By Jamie O'Leary||Thursday, February 2nd 2012, 11:13 GMT|
Casey Stoner wrapped up the opening MotoGP test of 2012 by setting the pace on the third and final day of running at Sepang.
The world champion became the only rider to dip below the two-minute barrier on what was only his second lap of the morning.
The Honda rider remained unbeaten for the rest of the day, his 1m59.607s lap putting him over half a second clear of Jorge Lorenzo's Yamaha as Stoner spent the rest of the day evaluating shock absorber and clutch settings.
Dani Pedrosa was third on his Honda, using the day to compare the long and short-spec RCV 213V chassis available to him, while Ben Spies recovered from a crash midway through the day to set the fourth best time.
Valentino Rossi was fifth for Ducati - and more than a second off the pace - while Hector Barbera was next up on his Pramac-run version. Cal Crutchlow was the quickest of the Tech 3 Yamaha riders in seventh, one spot ahead of his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.
Alvaro Bautista (Gresini Honda) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati) completed the top 10, while Colin Edwards was once again the quickest of the CRT riders on his Forward Racing Suter-BMW.
Pos Rider Team Time Laps 1. Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Team 1m59.607s 21 2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 2m00.198s + 0.591 35 3. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 2m00.256s + 0.649 26 4. Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing 2m00.495s + 0.888 16 5. Valentino Rossi Ducati Team 2m00.824s + 1.217 42 6. Hector Barbera Pramac Racing Team 2m00.929s + 1.322 40 7. Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2m01.108s + 1.501 26 8. Andrea Dovizioso Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2m01.257s + 1.650 40 9. Alvaro Bautista San Carlo Honda Gresini 2m01.384s + 1.777 34 10. Nicky Hayden Ducati Team 2m01.729s + 2.122 19 11. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 2m01.894s + 2.287 38 12. Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 2m02.218s + 2.611 38 13. Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha Factory 2m02.334s + 2.727 27 14. Franco Battaini Ducati Team 2m03.033s + 3.426 35 15. Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2m04.722s + 5.115 36 16. Ivan Silva Avintia Racing 2m08.225s + 8.618 41 17. Robertino Pietri Avintia Racing 2m09.640s + 10.033 16 18. Jordi Torres Avintia Racing 2m10.184s + 10.577 29