DUCATI MARLBORO TEAM SATISFIED WITH FIRST SEPANG TEST The second and final day of MotoGP testing at Sepang was affected by mixed weather conditions, with rain in the morning making way for sun in the afternoon. However, several riders chose to...
DUCATI MARLBORO TEAM SATISFIED WITH FIRST SEPANG TEST
The second and final day of MotoGP testing at Sepang was affected by mixed weather conditions, with rain in the morning making way for sun in the afternoon. However, several riders chose to take to the track from 9am, including Nicky Hayden who was the fastest on the wet track. Others, like Casey Stoner, preferred to wait until around 1pm, by which time the track had completely dried until another heavy downpour on the strike of 5pm that saw the session extended until 6pm.
Casey Stoner, second fastest overall, was satisfied with the set-up work done with the new bike over the two days in Malaysia and with his physical condition, following what was a very demanding session due to the intense heat and humidity. Hayden, eighth fastest, would have been happier if it hadn't started to rain just as he was preparing to fit new slick tyres but he was pleased to have at least improved on his best time from yesterday and to have set a consistent pace.
Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro Team) 2nd fastest, 2'01.320 (44 laps)
"We are quite happy with the test. Today didn't start really well because of the rain and the wet track, which set us back a few hours, but when it finally did dry out we were able to make some progress. We have definitely improved the set-up of the bike, trying some different things with the swingarm. The lap times are still not where we want them to be and we have to work on taking another couple of tenths off on hard tyres, but to be consistently doing 2'01.9 or 2'02.0 laps is a decent pace. Considering that we are using a different engine to the one we've had for the last three years and some other new parts that we still need to get the best out of we certainly can't be unhappy with where we're at. There is work to do but we have two more test sessions before the season starts for real. In general I am really pleased with how it's gone."
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro Team) 8th fastest, 2'02.493 (64 laps)
"I am satisfied but I could be happier. These past two days have flown by and the weather hasn't helped us to make the most of the track time available. Anyway, this morning we got the chance to find a wet setting for the new forks and engine. When we went out in the dry I could feel an instant improvement on yesterday and I set a decent pace but then we didn't improve further. I would have liked to post a better lap time but just when we put some new tyres in the rain came back. However, it was a very positive test and I can't wait to get back to work at the next one in a couple of weeks' time."