The FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) testing continued on Tuesday at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia as the teams and riders prepare for next season. The current champion Valentino Rossi set the fastest lap time of the journey with Yamaha's new prototype 2006-spec YZR-M1 on the second day of testing.
Rossi used most of the day testing the new prototype for the champion team, which had it first track appearance yesterday, also in hands of the Italian.
"I am really happy with what we did today on the new bike and I am feeling quite positive about it. I have a good feeling on it and more stability than with the old M1, so this is very encouraging considering that it's just the first day of work", Rossi stated.
Later on in the day, Rossi took back the 2005 bike with some new Michelin tyres. "At the end of the day I changed back to the old bike and continued testing tyres. We had some problems here in the race and so it's good to make these improvements. Tomorrow we have some more things to try with the new bike before we fly home for the holidays!"
The five-time MotoGP World Champion set a time of 2m02.61 after 60 laps to finished the day on top of the times sheet.
The Fortuna Honda guys also had a lot of work with Marco Melandri and Toni Elias finishing second and third today. Although Melandri was not in perfect physical condition, he continued to be one of the fastest riders on track.
Melandri explains the work done during the day with the bike of Gresini Racing: "Today we tested a range of front and rear tyres. I'm very satisfied of the work done today and I'm very happy to work with the Michelin technicians at the development of the tyres".
Elias' main goal was to keep testing hard the RC211V looking forward for his second season in MotoGP, and the first with Honda.
The Spaniard completed 80 laps, improving lap by lap his feeling with the bike. "I'm feeling more comfortable even though at the moment I'm not riding as I would like to ride. All in all, I'm very happy, we have adopted a step-by-step approach and I'm gaining confidence. Unfortunately today I was not feeling well but thanks to the doctors of the circuit, I could finish work programme scheduled", he said.
The Repsol Honda had also been present today with Nicky Hayden being sixth fastest and 250cc World Champion Dani Pedrosa in eighth at the end of the journey.
Tomorrow will be the last day of activity for MotoGP with the winter break coming from December 1st. To January 20th.