2008 Qatar Night Test Day 2 - Final Times

On the second and final day, or rather, night of testing at Qatar, two rookies ended up at the top of the heap. After James Toseland had held the top spot for much of the session, it was Jorge Lorenzo who finished with the fastest time, nearly half a second faster than the current pole record, held by Valentino Rossi.

What was surprising was that Yamaha dominated the top of the timesheet, with Colin Edwards in 4th making it 3 out of 4, and only Randy de Puniet on the LCR Honda between the Texan and the Brit. Yesterday's leader, Casey Stoner, could only manage a 5th fastest time, although Stoner was the fastest man on race tires.

The men expected to be Stoner's rivals for the 2008 crown did not fare particularly well. Valentino Rossi only managed the 10th fastest time, nearly 3/4 of a second slower than Stoner, while Dani Pedrosa was down in 13th, well over a second slower.

As ever, Stoner is the only Ducati to get his Italian steed to fly: the remainder of his colleagues, including his poor team mate Marco Melandri, are to be found at the very bottom of the table, with only Kawasaki's Ant West behind them.

In general, the riders are fairly positive about the lighting, with the exception of Dani Pedrosa, who was complaining that he found it quite tiring on his eyes, but the test did raise an entirely different problem. Riding at night means that the air temperature is fairly cool, around some 15 degrees centigrade. During a day race, that would not necessarily be that much of a problem, as a bit of sun would soon warm the tarmac, but the night race means there is no sun. And so the track temperature is around the same as the air temperature, and a little too cool to go racing on. Grip looks likely to be a problem at next Sunday's race.

Pos. Rider Bike Time Fast Lap Total Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'54.552 29 58
2 James Toseland Yamaha 1'54.592 34 47
3 Randy De Puniet Honda 1'54.973 69 72
4 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1'55.464 36 48
5 Casey Stoner Ducati 1'55.485 28 28
6 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1'55.550 20 53
7 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'55.674 41 77
8 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 1'56.119 59 59
9 Alex De Angelis Honda 1'56.249 45 47
10 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'56.256 26 68
11 Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1'56.450 30 48
12 John Hopkins Kawasaki 1'56.612 27 38
13 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'56.704 38 58
14 Shinya Nakano Honda 1'56.792 50 64
15 Marco Melandri Ducati 1'56.902 35 55
16 Toni Elias Ducati 1'56.986 42 50
17 Sylvain Guintoli Ducati 1'57.055 24 45
18 Anthony West Kawasaki 1'57.459 30 44
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