Casey Stoner - Photo Credit: Repsol Honda Team

Casey Stoner - Photo Credit: Repsol Honda Team


Casey Stoner took over at the top of the timesheets as testing ahead of the new MotoGP season continued in Malaysia. The reigning world champion strained a muscle in his back yesterday and completed just four laps but returned to action today, beating Yamaha duo Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo.

Stoner shaved three quarters of a second off Lorenzo's benchmark time from yesterday as he carried out a chassis comparison between his two RC213V machines. Spies and Lorenzo were both within two tenths of Stoner's time while Dani Pedrosa was fourth quickest after having chattering issues on his bike.

Cal Crutchlow's impressive start to 2012 continued, ending the day in fifth place and outpacing new teammate Andrea Dovizioso for the second day running. Hector Barbera was sixth fastest on the leading Ducati GP12 while Valentino Rossi improved on his Tuesday time by half a second to take seventh.

Alvaro Bautista also made improvements as he got to grips with the 1000cc Honda, ending the day in eighth, with Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden completing the top ten. MotoGP rookie Stefan Bradl outpaced Karel Abraham once again to take 11th with Yamaha and Ducati's test riders following them in the pecking order.

The Claiming Rules teams were well off the pace again although Colin Edwards did find over two and a half seconds on his Tuesday best. Avintia Racing continued to have a tough baptism, with pace and reliability continuing to desert them.


MotoGP Testing – Malaysia (Day Two Result)

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Lap Time
1 Casey Stoner AUS Honda Repsol Honda Team 2:00.895
2 Ben Spies USA Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing 2:01.052
3 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing 2:01.068
4 Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda Repsol Honda Team 2:01.508
5 Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.565
6 Hector Barbera SPA Ducati Pramac Racing Team 2:01.788
7 Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Ducati Team 2:01.886
8 Alvaro Bautista SPA Honda San Carlo Honda Gresini 2:01.933
9 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:02.160
10 Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Ducati Team 2:02.354
11 Stefan Bradl GER Honda LCR Honda 2:02.414
12 Karel Abraham CZE Ducati Cardion AB Motoracing 2:02.598
13 Katsuyuki Nakasuga JAP Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing 2:02.941
14 Franco Battaini ITA Ducati Ducati Team 2:04.311
15 Colin Edwards (CRT) USA Suter-BMW NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:05.603
16 Ivan Silva (CRT) SPA FTR-Kawasaki Avintia Racing 2:10.297
17 Jordi Torres (CRT) SPA FTR-Kawasaki Avintia Racing 2:11.893
18 Robertino Pietri (CRT) VEN FTR-Kawasaki Avintia Racing 2:12.546