Sepang pre-season test: Day two

Ducati and Loris Capirossi re-enforced their day-one authority on the MotoGP field today by not only lowering their lap time around the Malaysian circuit, but also remaining the fastest. Capirossi shaved two tenths off yesterday's time, a...

Ducati and Loris Capirossi re-enforced their day-one authority on the MotoGP field today by not only lowering their lap time around the Malaysian circuit, but also remaining the fastest.

Capirossi shaved two tenths off yesterday's time, a lifetime in motorcycle racing. "It's a real pleasure to be able to work in this way, a great satisfaction and an important boost. We got through a lot of work and tested several different set-ups, and were able to confirm that the chassis is performing well," said the number 65.

While Ducati worked on the front tire feel on day one and two, tomorrow they will focus on the rear.

Valentino Rossi also lowered his lap time on day two. The Italian managed a time of 2:02.16. "Yesterday we went the wrong way with some things but today we've made some modifications and we've found the right way forward. We've worked mainly on making the bike more agile; trying to make it more like the 2004 bike in this area, and we had a really good run of improvements this morning," said the six-time World Champion.

Third fastest went to Spaniard, Sete Gibernau, who was only four hundredths of as second behind Rossi.

Max Biaggi shaved more than a full second off his day-one time to claim fourth fastest. "There must be a mistake; I was not expecting to ride this fast right after the injury and on last year's bike. We scored excellent laps even if we were not working for it. I really like the team spirit. HRC people are very motivated to do good. Erv Kanemoto and my crew chief Hideki Iwano are collecting precious information for the new bike and I'm so happy to have two perfectionists like them on my side. Furthermore, Repsol orange really makes me want to ride," said the happy Roman.

Alex Barros, who held third fastest on day one was bumped to fifth. But was only one hundredths behind Biaggi and four tenths faster than yesterday.

Kenny Robert Jr. cut more than half a second off his fastest day-one time, which placed him sixth. Fellow Americans, Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden, followed him; seventh and eighth fastest respectively.

Japanese ace, Makoto Tamada, finished day two in ninth. While 2002 250cc World Champion, Marco Melandri, finished tenth.

<pre> MotoGP Sepang test: Second Day: 1. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro 2:1.98 2. Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha Gauloises 2:2.16 3. Sete Gibernau SPA Telefonica Movistar Honda 2:2.20 4. Max Biaggi ITA Repsol Honda 2:2.29 5. Alex Barros BRA Camel Honda 2:2.30 6. Kenny Roberts USA Team Suzuki 2:2.38 7. Colin Edwards USA Yamaha Gauloises 2:2.48 8. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda 2:2.49 9. Makoto Tamada JPN Konica Minolta Honda 2:2.69 10. Marco Melandri SPA Telefonica Movistar Honda 2:2.70 11. Toni Elias SPA Fortuna Yamaha Tech 3 2:3.20 12. Ruben Xaus SPA Fortuna Yamaha Tech 3 2:3.40 13. Troy Bayliss AUS Camel Honda 2:3.91

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Max Biaggi , Loris Capirossi , Valentino Rossi , Troy Bayliss , Colin Edwards , Alex Barros , Sete Gibernau , Kenny Roberts Jr. , Ruben Xaus , Makoto Tamada , Marco Melandri , Toni Elias