As he did yesterday, Valentino Rossi put his Yamaha M1 on the top of the IRTA official test time sheets in Barcelona, in preparation for the coming the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) season, to start on March 26th in Jerez.
Spanish rider Carlos Checa continued surprising everyone with his new team, the Yamaha Tech 3 Team, taking second overall on the timesheet.
The conditions in the circuit were good with an overcast sky which caused lower temperatures than yesterday.
Rossi set 1m42s477 for his best time in the 72 laps he had today on the circuit during the eight hours of open track. The World champion was able to improve yesterday`s lap by more than a second.
Repeating day one, Checa, second quickest, ended up half a second behind the Italian who keeps showing the strong pace of the Yamaha M1 of Camel Yamaha Team. Checa completed 74 laps and set 1m43s142 today.
Breaking the Yamaha domination was Shinya Nakano: the Japanese rider put the Kawasaki Racing Team in third spot with a laptime of 1m43s245 after 58 turns on the Circuit de Catalunya.
Colin Edwards took fourth place with the other bike of Camel Yamaha Team The American rider set 1m43s388 in lap 57 of the 65 he completed today.
Edwards was the last one that would finished less than a second slower Rossi's time, as fifth place belonged to Sete Gibernau on his Ducati, putting his new Marlboro bike 1.3seconds slower than the pace set by the seven-time World Champion.
Gibernau clocked 1m43s784 with the Desmosedici GP6 and set the fastest top straight speed with 326.8 km/h.
John Hopkins was seventh fastest in another good job with the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP. the remaining top ten places were filled by American Nicky Hayden, Makoto Tamada and Dani Pedrosa, the Spaniard suffered an accident on turn four of the circuit which forced him to change to bike number two.
After two days of tests, the pace shown by the Honda teams, Repsol and Fortuna (today Melandri was 13th and Elias 17th), continue far away from the flying laps of the Yamaha guys. A lot to work for Honda while the season looks closer day-by-day.
Tomorrow will be the final journey for the official IRTA tests with two free sessions from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 15.15 to 18.00. Right in the middle, at 14.05 (always local time), the BMW M Award 40 minute session will take place, in which the fastest rider will take a new BMW Z4 M sports car.
Everyone expects for the rain to wait a little bit until the activity is over in the event known as Grand Prix Cero, which will be televised. In 2004 it was Rossi who took the top spot while last year the honour belong to Gibernau.