2012 Sepang 2 MotoGP Test Day 2 Press Releases

Press releases from the teams that rode on the second day of the MotoGP test at Sepang:

Repsol Honda Team miss today's test but is ready for tomorrow

Due to an engine failure on Dani Pedrosa's RC213V machine yesterday, HRC sent the engine to Japan for analysis.

The feedback after the investigation was positive, however it arrived after lunch when the Sepang circuit was drenched by heavy rain, so unfortunately the Repsol Honda riders were unable to take to the track.

Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa will return back on track tomorrow and resume their testing programme.

Yamaha Keep Up the Pace in Sepang

Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo were back in action today for the second of three days of testing at the Sepang International circuit in Malaysia. The Yamaha Factory riders took advantage of another day of mixed weather to test out the wet settings of the 1000cc YZR-M1 for the first time. A dry morning’s riding saw both make big improvements on yesterday’s dry times, wrapping up the day in first and second respectively.

Spies used today’s sessions to focus on set ups on the wet and the dry whilst team mate Lorenzo concentrated on refining the power delivery of his M1 with throttle and engine control. Tomorrow will mark the final day of testing for the MotoGP riders here in Sepang.

Ben Spies
Position : 1st Time: 2'01.285 Laps: 35

“Today went well, the rain caught us out again but we got everything we needed to do done before lunch including some different chassis set ups and some electronics which we were pretty happy with. The rain started to come down so we waited until it subsided a little bit but with still a full wet track with standing water which we needed. We haven’t ridden the thousand in the rain and I’ve never ridden this track in the rain so it was good to get some laps in. I had quite a good feeling with the bike in the rain; straight away it felt pretty good so we rode in full wet conditions and stayed on wets when it dried out a little and was greasy. We’ve got a lot of stuff to do tomorrow so we’re hoping for a dry day!”

Jorge Lorenzo
Position : 2nd Time: 2'01.293 Laps: 26

“Today we improved a little the connection with the throttle and the engine, it’s much smoother and easier to ride, a big step forward from yesterday. We were able to try the 1000cc M1 on the wet for the first time and we went very fast so it’s been a positive day and we are very motivated to improve the bike more. We managed to complete everything we wanted to test so it’s been good!”


Testing at Sepang was this morning temporarily suspended for all Honda riders, with HRC having yesterday recalled the RC213V engine of Dani Pedrosa for analysis at their headquarters in Japan. Positive feedback arrived from the engineers at lunchtime but unfortunately it coincided with a heavy rainstorm at Sepang that left the circuit in no condition to be ridden. All of the Honda riders, including Bautista, were therefore unable to leave the garage. It leaves an important third and final day of testing to take place here in Malaysia tomorrow before the teams head for the final official session of the preseason at Jerez della Frontera from 23-25 March.

Ducati Team makes progress at Sepang despite bad weather

For the second day in a row, poor weather conditions affected the MotoGP test at Sepang International Circuit, where day two was interrupted by precipitation shortly after midday. The track surface didn’t dry, and the teams were forced to suspend their work and wait for tomorrow’s final day.

Nonetheless, Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden carried out a number of tests with the electronics, with both riders reporting positive first impressions. Tomorrow’s weather forecast calls for conditions similar to those of today.

Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 5th, 2:01.748 (18 laps)

“The weather hasn’t been kind to us. With my condition, maybe I wasn’t going to be able to do many more laps anyway, but we have a lot of stuff to try. It was definitely cooler today, with more rubber on the track, and we went faster. We made a couple of small steps and I would say today was the most competitive I’ve been all year. I like the changes to the electronics, especially at the first touch of the throttle. We talked about going out in the rain, but the risks seemed to outweigh the rewards. I look forward to tomorrow. Hopefully we can put together all the pieces we’ve learned and do some good lap times.”

Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) 7th, 2:02.130 (18 laps)

“Another day practically lost, which is really a shame because for us it’s very important to ride as much as possible, and today's track conditions were much better than yesterday's. Given that we knew rain was predicted for the afternoon, we tried to focus as much work as possible in just the first twenty or so laps this morning. Using both bikes, we tried the new traction control, some software updates with the wheelie control and other small details that have to do with the seating position. I had good impressions with all of those, so we put it all into the setup of just one bike and put on a new tyre, only for it to start raining. Game over. On the plus side, I had a good feeling with all of the new stuff, so I hope we can work a little longer tomorrow.”


All four Honda riders sat out the second day of the Sepang test as a precaution pending the resolution of an engine failure suffered by one of the Honda RC213Vs late on the first day of testing.

The engine on the RC213V of Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa suffered a failure late on Tuesday while he was on his 36th lap of the 5.548Km circuit outside of Kuala Lumpur. Pedrosa had earlier set the second fastest time, second only to team-mate Casey Stoner, the pace-setter on the opening day.

Pedrosa's engine was flown to Japan from Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday night for inspection and analysis, but it arrived at the Honda Racing Corporation race shop after the Wednesday lunch break, by which time the Sepang International Circuit was doused in heavy rain. That meant a day of no testing for Repsol Honda riders Stoner and Pedrosa, San Carlo Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista, and LCR Honda MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl.

The Honda riders will return to the track on Thursday for the final day of the three-day test.



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Well it looks to me like the M1 is once again a gem of a bike to ride....the problem is we know SPies improved 1.5 seconds from his previous time on a much cleaner track so where would that put SToner....

From what I can see the weather here is not helping anybody...I don't think we'll be able to gleen anything really useful till Jerez which is a shame...and I don't think it helps the factory much although both Ducati and Yamaha seem to be pleased with the wet weather performance of their bikes...

The Honda electronics problem must have been pretty serious to neccessitate sending the engine directly back to Japan and stopping the riders riding all day! Mind you with only 2 hours of dry time how much has really been wasted???