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Valencia Test draws to a close with Pedrosa quickest

The second and final day of the Official MotoGP Test concluded on Wednesday, leaving factories, teams and riders with plenty of feedback with which to work on until the pre-season testing programme begins in early 2012.

The Official two-day MotoGP Test at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia concluded on Wednesday, with Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner fastest on their factory Hondas. The Test also saw Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso wrapping up their first rides of the 2012 Yamaha M1, Valentino Rossi trying out an experimental Desmosedici GP12, Álvaro Bautista testing the 800cc RC212V and a range of CRT bikes on track.

Repsol Honda riders Pedrosa and Stoner were the pace men, the Spaniard recording the best lap of 1’31.807 in the morning with his Australian team-mate 0.161s behind with his best effort. The two were the only riders under 1’32” as they worked on a chatter issue encountered on Tuesday, and HRC Test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi supplemented their feedback on a third machine.

Ben Spies managed to get within half-a-second of the top time, as the American shouldered the Yamaha Factory Racing workload. Spies rode 75 laps on Wednesday to add to the 73 he did on Tuesday, focusing on a new engine specification and electronics.

Dovizioso completed his first Test on a Yamaha, riding the 2012 M1 on Wednesday alongside new team-mate Crutchlow. The Italian concentrated on getting himself comfortable on a new machine as Crutchlow and his crew set about correcting a wheelie issue, and the Brit was the last rider to get within a second of Pedrosa.

The Ducati Team made progress with Rossi and Test rider Franco Battaini, the latter riding Nicky Hayden’s bike after the American injured a wrist in Sunday’s race. Rossi continued to work on adapting to the new Desmosedici chassis, an experimental frame which will be further adapted according to the feedback gained here for the next test at Sepang.

As well as on-track testing there were off-track negotiations taking place too, and Bautista put pen to paper on a deal with the San Carlo Honda Gresini team for 2012 on Wednesday. Eager to start work immediately he headed out on the RC212V which Hiroshi Aoyama ended the 2011 season with, and by the end of the day had completed 55 laps.

Another rider on this year’s Honda was Stefan Bradl, and the German Moto2 Champion put in another solid day’s work on the LCR team’s machine, with a decision on his future still to be made.

Héctor Barberá concluded his first Test with his new Pramac Racing team satisfied with the improvements made to the Desmosedici, likewise Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) was out on the GP12.

The CRT progress continued too with Carmelo Morales leading the way on the Team Laglisse’s BMW/Suter machine. Iván Silva and the Inmotec project were also on track, as was Moto2 rider Yonny Hernández with BQR’s FTR/Kawasaki. The session was briefly red flagged just before 2pm local time when Gapam’s Federico Sandi crashed, but action resumed shortly after with the Italian escaping any harm.

All CRT machines, along with the 1000cc prototypes on track, tested Bridgestone’s 2012 compounds too, with positive feedback.

The completed timesheet is available to view here.

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MotoGP, 2011

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