randy!!!: sepang preseason test – day 2

lcr honda’s randy de puniet topped the time sheets on day 2 of the sepang test. maybe he’s onto something. but testing is testing…

times all across the board continued to drop. there are many more riders in the 2’01s than yesterday. according to motogp.com, both valentino rossi and nicky hayden were out testing new engines with pneumatic valvetrains. rossi felt that his bike “is already a little faster than last year” while the honda had some teething problems. hayden commented that “pneumatic valves are the way to go because the engine’s got more potential.” i hope these engines are more reliable than last year (but i guess if it doesn’t work u can always hit them with it :D).

colin edwards had a big day posting the 2nd fastest time just 2-tenths off de puniet (both on michelin) but he could’ve been on qualifiers (damn u, speculation!!!). it’s been a while since we’ve seen the texas tornado at the front of the grid.

1. De Puniet 2.01.139 / 63
2. Edwards 2.01.327 /
3. Rossi 2.01.437 / 60
4. Lorenzo 2.01.583 / 54
5. Stoner 2.01.638 / 34
6. Hopkins 2.01.874 / 50
7. Capirossi 2.01.917 / 59
8. Dovizioso 2.02.006 / 54
9. Nakano 2.02.095 / 54
10. Hayden 2.02.102 / 66
11. Toseland 2.02.276 / 59
12. Vermeulen 2.02.371 / 44
13. West 2.02.579 / 59
14. De Angelis 2.02.914 / 41
15. Elias 2.03.311 / 57
16. Melandri 2.03.380 / 46
17. Jacque 2.03.462 / 36
18. Guintoli 2.04.217 / 37
19. Serizawa 2.04.382 / 49
20. Canepa 2.04.427 / 47

i’m kind of disappointed to see alice/ducati so far down in the order. elias and guintoli seem to struggling with the gp8 and are 2+ sec from the front.

and one last thing, dani pedrosa returned home and had surgery on his hand today. he should be back on his feet by the time the second sepang test begins.

i’ll be thoroughly impressed if de puniet keeps up the pace and even carries it into next week’s test at phillip island. it’s good to see new faces mixed in with the battle-tested veterans.

[correction] i forgot that lcr honda is running michelin so make that 5 out of the top 7 on bridgestone

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