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Stoner consistent as well as fast in Malaysia

Stoner consistent as well as fast in Malaysia

The Australian was quickest on all three days at the Sepang Test, and was also the most consistently fast rider on the final day. calculated Stoner and the rest of the MotoGP riders’ average lap times from their longest runs on Thursday…

By the end of the Sepang Test only two riders had broken the 2’00” lap barrier at the Malaysian circuit, as Repsol Honda pair Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa set times in the 1’59”s on the Thursday. The pair also occupied the top two positions at the end of each of the three days.

With the Honda performing well across all three days and four RC212Vs at the sharp end of the timesheet on Thursday, calculated the average lap time of each of the 17 riders from the longest run they completed on the final day at Sepang to gain an idea of the consistency of lap times from each.

Marco Simoncelli, who finished third on the final-day timesheet, completed the longest run (20 laps) on Thursday, whilst a number of other riders ran considerably lesser totals. As well as being the fastest rider in terms of one-off lap times, Stoner also had the quickest average lap time on the final day from a longest personal stint of 14 laps, with Ben Spies and Pedrosa following.

Valentino Rossi, who was only 11th quickest on Thursday, was fourth fastest in the average lap table, although his time came from a shorter run of six laps.

Below is the complete list of the average lap times from each rider’s longest run, with the lap total of the stint their time was calculated from in brackets.

Casey Stoner, 2’01.286 (14 laps)
Ben Spies, 02’01.472 (5 laps)
Dani Pedrosa, 02’01.683 (10 laps)
Valentino Rossi, 02’01.739 (6 laps)
Jorge Lorenzo, 02’02.000 (19 laps)
Colin Edwards, 02’02.142 (3 laps)
Andrea Dovizioso, 02’02.153 (15 laps)
Loris Capirossi, 02’02.548 (5 laps)
Marco Simoncelli, 02’02.551 (20 laps)
Nicky Hayden, 02’02.600 (9 laps)
Hiroshi Aoyama, 02’02.687 (5 laps)
Cal Crutchlow, 02’02.830 (3 laps)
Karel Abraham, 02’02.914 (3 laps)
Randy De Puniet, 02’03.092 (12 laps)
Toni Elías, 02’03.132 (3 laps)
Álvaro Bautista, 02’03.400 (7 laps)
Héctor Barberá, 02’03.521 (4 laps)

MotoGP, 2011

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