Nicky Hayden - Photo Credit:

Nicky Hayden - Photo Credit:


Nicky Hayden clocked the fastest time on day two of the final MotoGP pre-season test but unsettled weather throughout the day rendered the lap times almost meaningless. The Ducati rider set the fastest time of the day in the closing minutes as the track dried out but many of the big guns played it safe, leaving him unchallenged at the top.

Karel Abraham also put in a slick-tyre run towards the end to secure second ahead of Ben Spies, Alvaro Bautista and Hector Barbera. The constantly changing weather conditions almost provided a moment of history as Ivan Silva led the way for Avintia Racing. Unfortunately for the Spaniard, the circuit dried out and he missed out on becoming the first CRT rider to top an official MotoGP test session, slipping to sixth.

An unusual top ten was completed by Ducati test rider Franco Battaini, Gresini Honda's Michele Pirro, Paul Bird Motorsport's James Ellison and Ioda Racing's Danilo Petrucci with the CRT runners keen to get mileage under their belts, whatever the conditions.

Repsol Honda weren't as desperate with Casey Stoner only putting in three laps although Dani Pedrosa did emerge later in the day when the track was conducive to full-wet running. Jorge Lorenzo took a similar approach to Pedrosa while Valentino Rossi only completed 18 laps on the Ducati GP12.

The field will have one more day to prepare themselves for the new season as the test comes to a close tomorrow and the teams will have their fingers crossed for dry conditions.


MotoGP Official Test (Jerez) – Day Two Classification

Pos Rider Bike Team Time/Gap
1  Nicky Hayden Ducati Ducati Team 1:40.755
2  Karel Abraham Ducati Cardion AB Motoracing +0.906
3  Ben Spies Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing +0.971
4  Alvaro Bautista Honda San Carlo Honda Gresini +1.956
5  Hector Barbera Ducati Pramac Racing Team +2.533
6  Ivan Silva (CRT) FTR Kawasaki Avintia Racing MotoGP +2.858
7  Franco Battaini Ducati Ducati Team +3.509
8  Michele Pirro (CRT) FTR Honda San Carlo Honda Gresini +4.006
9  James Ellison (CRT) ART Aprilia Paul Bird Motorsports +4.214
10  Danilo Petrucci (CRT) Ioda Aprilia Came Ioda Racing Project +4.581
11  Colin Edwards (CRT) Suter BMW NGM Mobile Forward Racing +7.213
12  Dani Pedrosa Honda Repsol Honda Team +9.067
13  Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing +9.333
14  Cal Crutchlow Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +10.372
15  Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +10.947
16  Mattia Pasini (CRT) ART Aprilia Speed Master +11.017
17  Stefan Bradl Honda LCR Honda +11.023
18  Casey Stoner Honda Repsol Honda Team +11.101
19  Valentino Rossi Ducati Ducati Team +11.155
20  Randy de Puniet (CRT) ART Aprilia Power Electronics Aspar +11.642
21  Aleix Espargaro (CRT) ART Aprilia Power Electronics Aspar +16.963
22  Yonny Hernandez (CRT) FTR Kawasaki Avintia Racing MotoGP No Time