Stoner tops first day of Valencia test

Casey Stoner topped the first day of MotoGP winter testing at Valencia as a number of riders got to grips with their new teams and bikes

Stoner tops first day of Valencia test

The 24-year-old Ducati rider completed 32 laps throughout the day, setting a best time of 1m32.660s to top the timesheet.

"We tried a new engine configuration designed at improving the rideability of the bike and for the moment it is going really well," said Stoner.

"The feedback is more smooth and we improved traction with the same set-up we used over the weekend, so that is positive. We also tried some different forks and in general I am satisfied.

"We didn't do many laps today - just tried to make sure we were working in the right direction. I think we are and I can't wait to get back on track tomorrow, when hopefully it won't be as windy."

Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo was Stoner's closest challenger, the Spaniard lapping 0.025 seconds slower and relegating his world champion team-mate Valentino Rossi to third. Both rode their 2009 machines plus interim 2010 models.

Dani Pedrosa, who won the Valencia Grand Prix last weekend, and Nicky Hayden were next up for Honda and Ducati, while World Superbike champion Ben Spies was the best of the newcomers as he went sixth quickest on his first day with the Tech 3 Yamaha squad.

Marco Melandri made his return to Gresini Honda after two seasons away and was 1.4s quicker than his 2010 team-mate Marco Simoncelli, who was testing a MotoGP bike for the first time.

Fellow 250cc aces Alvaro Bautista, Hector Barbera and new world champion Hiroshi Aoyama all became acquainted with their new teams as well. Bautista was 15th quickest for Suzuki with Barbera on an Aspar Ducati and Aoyama riding for Daniel Epp's new Honda team.

As well as the 17 MotoGP machines on track, the Promo-Harris and FTR Moto2 bikes were also in action.

The quickest of the Moto2 riders was Kenny Noyes for the Promoracing team. His best time was around 1.7s off those of the 250cc bikes that the class is replacing next year.

Pos Rider Bike Time Gap Laps 1. Casey Stoner Ducati 1m32.660s 32 2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m32.685s +0.025s 45 3. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m32.826s +0.166s 37 4. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m33.088s +0.428s 31 5. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m33.358s +0.698s 58 6. Ben Spies Yamaha 1m33.469s +0.836s 50 7. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1m33.675s +1.015s 51 8. Mika Kallio Ducati 1m33.726s +1.066s 52 9. Randy de Puniet Honda 1m33.775s +1.115s 61 10. Marco Melandri Honda 1m33.839s +1.179s 59 11. Aleix Espargaro Ducati 1m33.878s +1.218s 63 12. Colin Edwards Yamaha 1m33.929s +1.269s 35 13. Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1m34.144s +1.484s 55 14. Marco Simoncelli Honda 1m35.229s +2.569s 51 15. Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 1m35.772s +3.112s 52 16. Hector Barbera Ducati 1m36.204s +3.544s 63 17. Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1m37.964s +5.304s 40 
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