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
|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|