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Day two of MotoGP testing in Sepang gets underway

Day two of MotoGP testing in Sepang gets underway

The second day of the Sepang test, the opening MotoGP outing of 2008, is underway with riders continuing their initial preparations for the coming season at the Malaysian track.

The second day of the Sepang test, the opening MotoGP outing of 2008, is underway with riders continuing their initial preparations for the coming season at the Malaysian track. Of the 21 participants present on Tuesday, only one has failed to reappear for a more laps, that being Repsol Hondas Dani Pedrosa who has returned home to Barcelona after suffering an injury on day one. The Spaniard has a small fractured metacarpal in his right hand, caused by a late crash onboard the Honda RC212V, and will play no further part in proceedings.

As of 1pm, the time chosen by most riders for an hours break on the first day, LCR Hondas Randy de Puniet continued at the head of the timesheets. The Frenchman has thus far shaved two tenths of a second from his previous fastest time, still focusing on chassis work with the satellite Honda machine. A mid-afternoon crash at turn six was a small setback to the 26 year-olds progress, although he appears to have been unhurt in the incident.

De Puniet was one of the first riders to take to the track in the morning, alongside Fiat Yamahas Jorge Lorenzo, Kawasaki test rider Tamaki Serizawa and Ducati tester Niccolo Canepa. Beginning what looks like a promising day for satellite riders, Colin Edwards left it until just after midday to start work with the new hybrid Tech 3 Yamaha M1, and almost immediately lowered his best time from day one by over a second.

Edwards updated version of the Japanese machine is an evolution of last years bike, with a new chassis for today but as of yet not quite as full of novelties as that ridden by the factory team. Fiat Yamahas rookie Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo, using the latest version of the bike unveiled in Turin last Friday, has already got accustomed to the prototype and as of 1pm had dropped under the 201 mark for the first time. With conditions favourably warm and lacking any wind, many riders can be expected to make improvements before the session closes at 6pm local time.

MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner has been able to start the day unaffected by the electrical problems that plagued the Ducati Marlboro team yesterday, and has made a swift return to form as the fourth fastest. The Australian is mainly focusing on work with tyre manufacturer Bridgestone today, something that fifth placed Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi also has pencilled in on his to do list.

A full report from Sepang, alongside footage from the second day of 2008 preseason testing, will be available on motogp.com.

Times as of 2.00PM
1. DE PUNIET, LCR HONDA MOTOGP - 02´01.1 / 32 laps
2. EDWARDS, YAMAHA TECH3 - 02´01.3 / 18
3. LORENZO, FIAT YAMAHA - 02´01.6 / 36
4. STONER, DUCATI MARLBORO - 02´01.6 / 16
5. ROSSI, FIAT YAMAHA - 02´01.8 / 34
6. HOPKINS, KAWASAKI RACING - 02´01.9 / 34
7. CAPIROSSI, RIZLA SUZUKI - 02´01.9 / 22
8. NAKANO, HONDA GRESINI - 02´02.1 / 29
9. HAYDEN, REPSOL HRC - 02´02.1 / 37
10. DOVIZIOSO, JiR TEAM SCOT - 02´02.3 / 29
11. TOSELAND, YAMAHA TECH3 - 02´02.4 / 39
12. WEST, KAWASAKI RACING - 02´02.6 / 29
13. VERMEULEN, RIZLA SUZUKI - 02´02.6 / 10
14. DE ANGELIS, HONDA GRESINI - 02´02.9 / 19
15. ELIAS, ALICE TEAM - 02´03.3 / 30
16. MELANDRI, DUCATI MARLBORO - 02´03.4 / 18
17. JACQUE, KAWASAKI RACING - 02´03.7 / 16
18. GUINTOLI, ALICE TEAM - 02´04.2 / 14
19. SERIZAWA, KAWASAKI RACING - 02´04.4 / 25
20. CANEPA, DUCATI TEST - 02´04.4 / 28

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MotoGP, 2008

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