Friday, November 03, 2006

MotoGP Valencia Test Day 2

The unofficial times have been posted for the second and final day of the MotoGP test at Valencia. Most teams were continuing work on their new 800s, but Alex Barros rode a 990cc d'Antin Ducati on Bridgestone tyres and set times around that would have been a respectable race pace in the GP, much faster than the d'Antin boys set on Dunlops.
Dani Pedrosa topped the timesheets with a 1:32.66 lap. Chris Vermeulen continued Suzuki's hugely impressive showing with a 1:32.69, incredibly close to the HRC bike of Pedrosa.
Casey Stoner fractionally outpaced his new teammate Loris Capirossi, with the Aussie posting a 1:32.94 to the Italian's 1:33.01. Hopefully the legendary grip of the front Bridgestone tyres will help Stoner stay on the bike a bit more! The Ducatis were split by John Hopkins' Suzuki on a 1:32.95.
Nicky Hayden was 4 tenths slower than his teammate's best lap, but his 1:33.03 is very close to the general pace. The new champion will probably have to adjust his riding style more than Pedrosa for the new machines. Nicky hasn't raced 250GPs, unlike most of the others, but he seems to be getting the hang of the new "rides like a 250" 800cc MotoGP bikes very quickly.
Valentino Rossi's 1:33.78 is slower than his time yesterday, but Yamaha were trying out various settings so we can't read much into that.
The Ilmor is still off the pace, but Aussie Andrew Pitt closed to within half a second of Jeremy McWilliams' time, posting a 1:36.4 to the Ulsterman's 1:35.9. Rumour has it that Pitt is being seriously considered for the 2007 Ilmor MotoGP ride.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I do not want to hear about Dunlops for a while and if I get the green light from Stoner I am going to switch to Bridgestone too next year