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Lorenzo sets early pace on day two of Valencia test

Lorenzo sets early pace on day two of Valencia test

Jorge Lorenzo was the leading rider by over half a second on the timesheet by 1pm on the second day’s testing at Valencia.

Fiat Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo’s best lap of 1’32.480 saw the Spaniard rank as the fastest participant in the early part of the second day of testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit by some distance, with the 2009 World Championship runner-up well over half a second better than next quickest Mika Kallio.

Shaving 0.205s off his best time from the previous day’s work, Lorenzo was an impressive 0.645s faster on his M1 prototype than 2009 Rookie of the Year Kallio. Lorenzo was also the only rider to break the 1’33” barrier as lunchtime arrived.

The 22 year-old led a field which did not see his team-mate Valentino Rossi emerge for the first half of the session, while Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Colin Edwards was also absent. The Texan’s three-day stint at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit looks to have ended prematurely due to illness.

Kallio’s 1’33.125 time was a vast improvement on his best effort from Monday – by a distance of 0.601s – as he took his Ducati Desmosedici machine around the track 51 times, the highest number of turns completed by 1pm.

Casey Stoner was third quickest as he lapped 0.555s slower than the 1’32.660 that had placed him at the head of the sheet at the end of Monday’s session, while Dani Pedrosa – fourth quickest on day one – was next up, completing just 12 laps as he continues to test both Showa and Ohlins suspensions and a Honda RC212V 2010 prototype. Sunday’s race winner was just over a second off Lorenzo’s pace.

Pedrosa’s Repsol Honda team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, also testing new Ohlins suspension, came inside the top five times as he made a slight improvement on the time he registered on day one, whilst Ben Spies’ first official test for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team continues as the focus for the American remains on tyres and wheels.

Marco Melandri’s return on a Honda for the San Carlo Honda Gresini team saw him make a marginal improvement on his previous day’s effort – by 0.122s – as the Italian reacquaints himself with the RC212V. Aleix Espargaró’s test on the Ducati of Pramac continues with another sub-1’34” best lap from the Spaniard.

Randy de Puniet, remaining on the 2009 version of his RC212V, tested an Ohlins suspension system and some electronics updates as the LCR team aim to improve the rear end of the bike’s set-up which caused them problems in Sunday’s race.

Of the upcoming 250cc riders, Marco Simoncelli was again the fastest on his Gresini Honda, improving by well over half a second on his own first-day time as he rode 30 laps and came in faster than De Puniet, whilst Héctor Barberá (Aspar Team), Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) and 250cc World Champion Hiroshi Aoyama (Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team) all recorded better times than their first outings on Monday.

Of the Moto2 bikes, Toni Elías was also out on the track, testing with the Gresini Moto2 team, and there was a crash for Héctor Faubel who was taken to the Clinica Mobile. An update on his condition is due shortly.

Valencia Official MotoGP Test - best lap times as of 1pm:
1 J. Lorenzo - Fiat Yamaha Team (1’32.480)
2 M. Kallio - Pramac Racing (1’33.125)
3 C. Stoner - Ducati Marlboro (1’33.215)
4 D. Pedrosa - Repsol Honda (1’33.493)
5 A. Dovizioso - Repsol Honda (1’33.546)
6 B. Spies - Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (1’33.696)
7 M. Melandri - San Carlo Honda Gresini (1’33.717)
8 A. Espargaro - Pramac Racing (1’33.887)
9 N. Hayden - Ducati Marlboro (1’34.015)
10 L. Capirossi - Rizla Suzuki (1’34.018)
11 M. Simoncelli - San Carlo Honda Gresini (1’34.458)
12 R. De Puniet - LCR Honda (1’34.586)
13 H. Barbera - Aspar Team (1’34.919)
14 A. Bautista - Rizla Suzuki (1’35.502)
15 H. Aoyama - Interwetten Honda MotoGP (1’36.695)

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MotoGP, 2009

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