MotoGP Sepang test: Valentino Rossi top again on day two

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Valentino Rossi was once again the fastest rider at the end of day two of the MotoGP test in Sepang.

The Italian completed 70 laps, recording a best time of 2:00.472 on his final lap of the day.

Valentino Rossi has spent much of the day testing a Bridgestone qualifying tyre, which resulted in his best lap. It was however 0.472secs slower than his best time yesterday.

Second fastest on track was 2006 champion Nicky Hayden who completed 90 laps today.

Hayden’s best time of 2:00.900 was recorded on a Michelin qualifying tyre, which he managed just after 12pm local time. The Repsol Honda rider was almost two seconds quicker than yesterday’s best time on the RC212V and just 0.428secs behind Valentino Rossi.

Third fastest was Fiat Yamaha new boy Jorge Lorenzo who spent day two testing a new chassis on his YZR-M1.. 

Lorenzo, who chose to run a race tyre, managed a best time of 2:02.396 as part of a 55-lap run.

Last of the regular riders was Alex de Angelis onboard the Honda Gresini RC212V. His best time of his 57 laps was a 2:02.646.

There was a slight delay to the start of testing today after one of the split timing recorders failed.

Fiat Yamaha are planning to run a full 21-lap race simulation with Valentino Rossi on the final day tomorrow (Thursday) while Hayden has now finished his testing at Sepang. He will not be on track until the Jerez test which starts on January 16, 2008.


Sepang MotoGP testing day two results:

1. Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha 02:00.472
2. Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda 2:00.900
3. Shinya Nakano, Honda Gresini 2:02.049
4. Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha 2:02.396
5. Alex de Angelis, Honda Gresini 2:02.646

Sarah Carnell

By Sarah Carnell