MotoGP: Sepang Testing Day 2: Rossi Fastest, Again

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11:44am EST — Friday concluded the second off-season test session for MotoGP at the Sepang circuit, with Valentino Rossi fastest with a 2:00.271, a time nearly three-tenths faster than his 2009 pole time.  He was followed closely by Casey Stoner and a contingent of American riders, Nicky Hayden, Colin Edwards, and Ben Spies, who rounded out the top five. The following times are courtesy of the official MotoGP website:

1. Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team, 2:00.271, 39 Laps
2. Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team, 2:00.512, 33 Laps
3. Nicky Hayden, Ducati Marlboro Team, 2:00.703, 42 Laps
4. Colin Edwards, Monster Yamaha Tech 3, 2:00.988, 35 Laps
5. Ben Spies, Monster Yamaha Tech 3, 2:01.014, 44 Laps
6. Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP, 2:01.320, 50 Laps
7. Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team, 2:01.439, 46 Laps
8. Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team, 2:01.478, 57 Laps
9. Hiroshi Aoyama, Interwetten-Honda MotoGP, 2:01.692, 50 Laps
10. Alvaro Bautista, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP, 2:01.732, 25 Laps
11. Randy de Puniet, LCR Honda MotoGP, 2:01.980, 58 Laps
12. Marco Melandri, San Carlo Honda Gresini, 2:02.078, 60 Laps
13. Hector Barbera, Aspar Team, 2:02.080, 52 Laps
14. Mika Kallio, Pramac Racing Team, 2:02.082, 66 Laps
15. Yamaha T Yamaha T, 2:02.287, 18 Laps
16. Aleix Espargaro, Pramac Racing Team, 2:02.367, 49 Laps
17. Marco Simoncelli, San Carlo Honda Gresini, 2:03.689, 82 Laps

Hayden’s third fastest time was one and a half seconds faster than his best time from Thursday (those times can be found here at On Any Sunday, These Days).  Marco Simonchelli’s time was hampered by a crash two laps into his session, a crash that sent him “to hospital as a precaution. Later in the day Simoncelli confirmed he was feeling better,” according to the official MotoGP website.



  1. Wow, the 3 Americans in the top 5. I need to make sure that I get down the the Laguna Seca race this year.

    • Crazy, right? I wish I could go, but I’m on the wrong side of the country. and Indy (which was fabulous in 2008, hurricane or not) is a weekend I simply cannot take off work.
      Edwards and Spies certainly show the Yamaha dominance, with the satellite team doing so well in the standings.

  2. Go Yamaha.. Fast fast fast
    I like Valentino Rossi…

  3. Nice! I always wanted to write in my site something like that. Can I take part of your post to my blog?

  4. Will you share more about it? I just want to know more. Impressive!.

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