Nakano and Kawasaki, the surprise of Sepang

The second test day at the the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP), held on the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, had Shinya Nakano surprising everyone by setting the best lap time on his Kawasaki. As it happened ...

The second test day at the the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP), held on the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, had Shinya Nakano surprising everyone by setting the best lap time on his Kawasaki.

As it happened yesterday, around 3 pm, the rain appeared again and cut the activity early, giving the teams a chance to work on the bikes and the riders to sit around and reflect.

The Japanese rider of the Kawasaki Racing Team clocked 2m01.80, an improvement of almost three seconds over his best lap of yesterday.

Loris Capirossi followed Nakano and put the Ducati Marlboro on second position in a great journey for the Italian with a lap time of 2m01.87 on his 50 laps tour of the circuit.

The opposite happened to his teammate Sete Gibernau, who had to retire with a stomach complaint and could complete just 17 laps. "I didn't sleep a wink all night but I wanted to test at all costs so I came to the circuit early. After a few laps I was feeling really sick and decided to go back and rest in the hotel", the Spaniard stated.

Capirossi, then, was the team driver to continue the development of the Desmosedici GP6. "In the morning we worked on the chassis settings, engine management and engine braking and we found an excellent set-up. We also concentrated on testing several new rear tyres. These are a real step forward over the 'standard' tyres", he explained.

Seven-time World Champion Valentino Rossi set the third-quickest time with the Camel Yamaha Team, although most of Rossi's on-track time was dedicated to working out the vibration issues of the new M-1.

"This morning we did quite a lot of laps and we were quite fast and consistent, so I was happy. We worked very well with Michelin and with one or two new tyres that they brought we made some good improvements to the vibration. Unfortunately in the afternoon it rained and we couldn't go on as we wished", Rossi commented, who completed 47 laps and set 2m01.89 in it best shot.

Another strong performance was done by John Hopkins with the Suzuki MotoGP taking fourth place, like yesterday. The team seemed to left behind the electronics problems.

Two Spanish riders completed the top six positions with Dani Pedrosa taking fifth with Repsol Honda in another good day for the reigning 250cc World Champion. "Today we did a short job, but it was good quality. The track was good this morning and the lap time was also good", he said. Carlos Checa proved to be fast with the Yamaha Tech 3 as he did last week in Qatar tests. The Spaniard improved by almost one second yesterday`s time.

Day one fastest rider, Marco Melandri, took just 11th today with the Fortuna Honda. A bad crash at the fast right hand corner before the straight complicated the day to Melandri, that fortunately had no physical consequences.

"It was a bad day for me. This morning I crashed at the fast right hand corner before the straight. I'm ok, I really don't know why the crash happened. It was strange because I was on the throttle when I went down. We checked the data and according to the telemetry everything is fine", the Italian explained.

Nicky Hayden clocked best 13th in the RC211V working hard in the development of the new-spec. The American rider made good progress with the chassis and the engine settings.

"Today I rode the new bike all day and we made some good progress. It was the first time we've had chance to spend a lot of time on the chassis and engine, and I went faster on it than I did last time here so that's positive", Hayden mentioned.

Tomorrow will be the final day test in Sepang while teams and riders expects to have a full dry circuit to work on.

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Carlos Checa , Loris Capirossi , Valentino Rossi , Sete Gibernau , Shinya Nakano , John Hopkins , Marco Melandri , Dani Pedrosa