Sepang II pre-season test: Second Day

Yesterday, it was a Honda 1-2-3 uppercut, today… a Honda 1-2-3-4-5 body blow. Max Biaggi, HRC's number one rider, fired back today by being the fastest rider of the test. Biaggi's time of 2:01.501 was just 1.5 tenths of a second faster than ...

Yesterday, it was a Honda 1-2-3 uppercut, today… a Honda 1-2-3-4-5 body blow. Max Biaggi, HRC's number one rider, fired back today by being the fastest rider of the test. Biaggi's time of 2:01.501 was just 1.5 tenths of a second faster than first-day's top flyer, Sete Gibernau.

Biaggi explained, "the fast lap time didn't really matter yesterday and it doesn't matter too much today but it's still good to record the fastest lap of the day - for everyone in the team, from the last technician to the first engineer. But we are still at the beginning of a long path and we still have a lot of new parts to try so the hard work will continue tomorrow. I didn't even try new tires today - the track is very slippery because of the high temperature and humidity but tomorrow we will try the new tires from Michelin."

Gibernau had a good day, even though he struggled with braking stability. The Spaniard said, "We did a good job today. We worked hard in understanding what we have and we had some more things to test. We focused on chassis, tire testing and electronics, working in different directions in order to study the behavior of every single thing. I think I have selected the best of what I have and tonight my mechanics will work to prepare the best combination. The base we have is good, the bike has a better balance. There is still some work to do especially to make the bike more stable in braking."

Third fastest went to Nicky Hayden whose time of 2:01.717 was only two tenths of a second behind Biaggi's. "I've had a much better day today. I gave yesterday's test a lot of thought last night and came out fresh this morning and put a quick lap in straight away. We've made a lot of improvements to the machine set-up today and the new chassis parts certainly are giving the machine more stability and it feels much better on entry into the corners," declared Hayden.

"I put in a run on a race tire today and was consistently one second faster than my best lap in the race last year. The endurance run was good because I really struggle in the heat at the hot races in Barcelona and Mugello and of course here. I'm confident of getting a faster lap tomorrow; we've really started to get the bike working well here," said the AMA SBK Champion.

Alex Barros not only finished the day fourth fastest, but was also happy and satisfied with his day. "I'm completely happy with the work we are doing. Today we focused on tires and I certainly think we've made steps forward. I didn't stop for lunch until we did everything we had to on both the fronts and the rears because we were finishing off the work we started three weeks ago in these first two days: we've basically achieved the objectives we set ourselves in the first session here in Sepang. Perhaps there's a few little things that could improve the front tire, but I don't think that will be possible for Australia, it's too close; probably in the Qatar tests. In the afternoon we tried to change a few things in the bike settings but we haven't really seen any particular changes we can make at the moment with the bike already going so well," ended Barros.

Fifth fastest went to the Japanese Ace, Makoto Tamada, who amazingly is suffering from the flu. "I felt a bit better compared to yesterday, but I'm still not at my best physical conditions. Even if the flu doesn't want to go away, I can consider myself very satisfied on how things went in the first two days of testing with the new Honda RC211V. The bike reacts well and I feel comfortable with it, in fact, lap times are showing that between me and the new bike there is already a good feeling. These two days of test in Sepang have been really useful for me and I consider it a good start, for a season, in which I want to be a protagonist," said the two-time MotoGP winner.

Valentino Rossi was not so lucky and was not able to shake a throat virus off, choosing instead to take the day off in an attempt to recover for tomorrow.

Sepang II will end tomorrow, stay tuned for more.

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Max Biaggi , Valentino Rossi , Alex Barros , Sete Gibernau , Makoto Tamada