Yamaha's Ben Spies topped the second day of testing at Sepang, but the session was once again badly affected by rain. While vastly improved track conditions in the morning saw most riders take over a second off their times from yesterday, heavy rain started after just a couple of hours, calling a premature halt to the proceedings for everyone. Once the downpour eased off a little, track action resumed as the teams started work on the wet setup of their bikes.
In the dry conditions of the morning, Spies led a Yamaha whitewash. The Texan was faster - by the slimmest of margins, a few thousandths of a second - than his factory Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo, while Andrea Dovizioso ended the day as 3rd fastest, beating his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha teammate Cal Crutchlow for the first time since joining the team. Behind the Yamahas, Nicky Hayden led the Ducatis, fractionally behind Crutchlow and a quarter of a second faster than the Pramac satellite bike of Hector Barbera. Valentino Rossi continued to work on the revised electronics package of the Ducati, ending the day in 7th, behind Barbera but within a second of Spies.
While Yamaha, Ducati and the CRT bikes continued work on their 2012 MotoGP bikes, no Hondas were out on the track today. After Dani Pedrosa's Honda RC213V developed a mysterious fault yesterday - Pedrosa reportedly saw a red light on his dashboard, and pulled in - HRC decided to suspend testing while the engine in Pedrosa's bike was being examined. After a preliminary check at the circuit, the engine was then flown back for further tests to Japan. The outcome of those tests is not yet known, but as HRC test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi put in a few test laps in the afternoon, the problem appears not to have been as serious as was feared. The Hondas are expected to continue testing again on Thursday, the final day of the tests, but so far, no confirmation of that has been forthcoming.
Results of day 2, courtesy of MotoGP.com:
|5||Nicky Hayden||Ducati GP12||2:01.748||0.463||0.053||39|
|6||Hector Barbera||Ducati GP0||2:01.989||0.704||0.241||26|
|7||Valentino Rossi||Ducati GP12||2:02.130||0.845||0.141||18|
|8||Franco Battaini||Ducati Test||2:03.566||2.281||1.436||20|
|9||Colin Edwards||Suter BMW||2:05.816||4.531||2.250||14|
|10||Ivan Silva||FTR Kawasaki||2:07.532||6.247||1.716||39|
|11||Yonny Hernandez||FTR Kawasaki||2:08.213||6.928||0.681||26|