2011 MotoGP Qatar Day 2 Test Times Final: The Casey And Dani Show

Final times from Day 2 of the MotoGP test at Qatar:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 27 Casey Stoner Honda 1:55.681    
2 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:55.745 0.064 0.064
3 11 Ben Spies Yamaha 1:56.294 0.613 0.549
4 58 Marco Simoncelli Honda 1:56.433 0.752 0.139
5 4 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1:56.439 0.758 0.006
6 14 Randy de Puniet Ducati 1:56.445 0.764 0.006
7 1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:56.707 1.026 0.262
8 5 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1:56.716 1.035 0.009
9 69 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1:56.726 1.045 0.010
10 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1:56.740 1.059 0.014
11 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1:56.798 1.117 0.058
12 19 Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 1:56.931 1.250 0.133
13 46 Valentino Rossi Ducati 1:56.988 1.307 0.057
14 65 Loris Capirossi Ducati 1:57.345 1.664 0.357
15 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1:57.730 2.049 0.385
16 17 Karel Abraham Ducati 1:57.846 2.165 0.116
17 24 Toni Elias Honda 1:58.536 2.855 0.690
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Seems like those to are going to push each other to otherwise impossible extremes. Bring on the racing.

/Look at RDP!

The times are almost identical to last years testing. No big deal. Everything is different during the race, we all know that. Stoner, Pedro will not scrap and Yorga doesn't like to trade paint either, although he will. If those guys get caught up early it could be whole different story. There are more scrappers at the front than not, I think that will make a difference throughout the season.

You never know now w/ Stoner, in the past when he might have shied away from scrapping from position, maybe he just didn't have the confidence in the duc to be able to save it from anything that he wasn't strictly the controller of (ie another rider's bike)?

His attitude may completely change now that he's on the Honda :D

Stoner will fight for positions. He may not like to touch, but he is a scrapper. In 2007 he had a faster bike than Rossi. But that did not stop him from going back and forth through turns and braking areas with him at one race in particular. Dani Pedrosa must have gotten on some type of steriod last year because that bike was completely out of sorts in the beginning of the year. But he rode that thing like he wanted a championship. Never rode like that before. Those two are battling for supremacy at Honda to see who will be #1.

There are an awful lot of answers to be found in the times listed above.

The Honda's are wicked fast. My man is going to have his work cut out for himself at this race, and unless Yamaha can find some more speed, maybe at every race.

The show starts at the end of THIS week. FINALLY!

intelligence cleverness to out-race his opponents because pure speed belongs to the Honda's, Dani and Casey in particular.

But he can do it, if anyone can - it is Ben. He's my man too :)

+2 or is that +22 :)
I think he is going to be strong this year. Back when he finished AMA and anounced he would go to SBK I thought he would win it first year and I picked him to take the MotoGP title in his second year in the class. Fingers crossed.

Would love to see him take it. But I think the competition may be too steep to take it just yet....... unless Stoner and Pedrosa take each other out...... then I personally believe there is a STRONG possibility of him being able to do it.

Great lap by Randy matching the factory yams on a satellite duke has to be seen as real progress even if the factory guys aren't there yet. Hondas... superfast.
Don't think Lorenzo is showing his pace yet.

Lorenzo must have certainly put race pace as the priority over qualifying or super fast laps. He's more clever than most give him credit for.

Can't wait for the analysis of who did how many fast laps at what time of night. :-)

BTW, Burgess said in response to the question,
"Which would Valentino be closer to?"

“Difficult to say, without knowing where the weight is on the bike and how it behaves. But, without question, I don’t anticipate any major dramas. I can watch some of these lesser riders on the Ducatis and you can see that the bikes are, in my opinion, unsuitably set for what they want to try and do with them. I’m not saying anybody’s doing a bad job. I see these things wobbling around. When I think, clearly, if we had that issue with Valentino it’d be fixed in 80 seconds, but some riders don’t like the hardness of the bike, because they don’t get the feel.

Correct me guys if I'm wrong, but I'm sure the 80 seconds have come and gone???

...some of these lesser riders on the Ducatis...

but he's not talking about RdP who is 5/10 of second faster (at least on one hot lap) than Vale, right?

Oh and, if JB can fix everything in 80 seconds, why then is Rossi going back to Stoner's 2010 setting?

David, would it be too much to ask to provide the "Arithmetic Mean" plus the "Standard Deviation" of the laptimes?

It would let us analyse the "Race Pace" much better ...

Other than that, thanx as usual for this interesting information!

Unfortunately, I don't have the lap times in digital format, only as a hard-copy. And all of my attempts to OCR timesheets have met with failure so far. Entering 50 lap times for 17 riders by hand is just way, way too much work. Otherwise, the arithmetic mean is the second thing I would have calculated. The mode being the first ...

submitting a request for you to perform a regression analysis on Laptimes over Ambient Track Temperature is most likely not going to happen then.

Fine.... I'll just go cry myself into a puddle and wait for Friday practice to begin...

Since the riders don't always run "race simulations", it's probably a nonsense to calculate the average laptime, they go in and out on tracks, not always on a hot lap, plus they will test differents settings, parts, stop every 3 or 5 laps, so it won't be significant at all.
Gpone had posted the laptimes sheet for Stoner, Pedrosa, Dovi and Lorenzo during Sepang 2, as they were running race simulations (12-20 laps in a row) on the last day it was really insightful but other than this very specific case, it does not worth it.

there was some light analysis of lap times on crash.net and it showed CS putting in way more sub 1:57 laps than anyone else. Race pace? Maybe. But seriously consistent definitely. VR only managed one sub 1:57 but lots at low/mid 1:57 so he's looking fairly consistent but not fast enough to challenge, at least on paper.

Of corse come race day, you have 16 other riders on the grid jockeying for position and making it hard to pass. Putting in consistent laps on an open track at a test is way different than fighting for position in a race. With that said, if CS hits turn one in the lead....sayonara baby.

This pre-season sure was fun, but boy are we ever glad that in a couple of days, the real circus begins. YeeHar!!

Wonder why Elias is doing so poorly -- he's been on the Honda before.