Busy second day in progress at Valencia
Day two of the Official MotoGP Test at Valencia on Wednesday saw the premier class welcomed by improved track conditions in comparison to yesterday, allowing a morning filled with on-track productivity as teams and riders made up for what was a slightly curtailed day one.
Again top of the timesheet by 1pm local time as he was by the close of the first day Jorge Lorenzo led the pace, setting a best time of 1'32.179 as he continued to test both the new M1 and an updated 2010 version. His new factory Yamaha team-mate Ben Spies was just 0.143s further back and was the most prolific rider of the first half of the day, putting in a substantial 49 laps by the same stage.
Marco Simoncelli had a fall during the morning which briefly halted his work on the Gresini Honda machine. The Italian was back on track shortly after 1pm however and was third fastest despite his low lap count, with factory Honda rider Casey Stoner continuing his transfer to riding the RC212V and 0.403s off Lorenzo's lap marker. The Australian's Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa was fifth, as the HRC riders collectively work towards evolving the 2010 machine for the new campaign.
Rizla Suzuki rider Alvaro Bautista and his crew are using the Test to verify a range of redesigned parts on the GSV-R and the Spaniard knocked almost a second of his day one time to rank sixth, with factory Honda man Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati's Nicky Hayden following in the order. The trio had all completed 36 laps by the time a number of teams took a short break for lunch.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Colin Edwards pushed on with an updated M1 engine and revised chassis, whilst Randy de Puniet (Pramac Racing), Hector Barbera (Paginas Amarillas Aspar) and Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini) all surpassed the 30-lap mark in a busy three hours.
As was the case with Ducati team-mate Nicky Hayden, Valentino Rossi continued with the comparison between the screamer and big bang engines having spent the majority of yesterday on the big bang version. By 1pm the Italian had completed 27 laps and was 13th on the timesheet, 1.669s off Lorenzo.
Rookies Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Karel Abraham (Cardion ab Motoracing) both improved on their times, as did Loris Capirossi (Pramac Racing) and Toni Elias (LCR Honda) as all continued their adaptations to their new machines.