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PostSubject: Jerez testing......day two nicky on top   Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:43 am

Nicky Hayden took advantage of the best conditions on a rain-hit second day of MotoGP testing at Jerez to set the fastest time on board the new factory Ducati GP12.

After heavy rain and gusting winds had dominated the majority of the day, the track had almost completely dried in the final 30 minutes when the American posted a best time of 1.40.755 to finish ahead of Karel Abraham and Ben Spies.

The 2006 world champion though admitted he would have liked to have been faster in the wet conditions having struggled to find a comfortable feeling with the new GP12 1000cc that he had with last year’s 800cc factory Desmosedici.

He told MCN: “It was the first time I’ve ridden this bike in the wet and the feeling didn’t come as quickly as I’d hoped. I can’t get the extra power to the ground both in acceleration and corner entry.

"I just didn’t have enough stability on the rear. I’m not going to lie but last year I prayed a lot for the rain a few times, especially in Valencia when it was really raining hard, I was probably the fastest guy.

"Today the lap time didn’t come like last year’s bike in the rain. It feels like we are better in the dry but not as good in the rain.”

Hayden though was relieved to try the new GP12 in the wet for the first time and he added: “Luckily I got a chance to ride in the rain because we didn’t go out in Malaysia with me not being completely fit.

"I’m no weather expert but with 18 races I’ve got a pretty good idea we will have to race or qualify in the rain. We had to change a few things and we’ve still got some work to do in the rain to get some more rear traction on corner entry and exit.

"But we did find some improvements and I went out at the end because the track dried up pretty decent and I did two exits to try and get some direction for tomorrow. I matched my lap time from yesterday so hopefully we have found something.”

Several riders didn’t bother to ride in the closing stages of the session when the track was dry apart from a few damp patches.

Dani Pedrosa was fastest in the wet conditions with a 1.49.822 but the Spaniard didn’t ride when the track improved. Jorge Lorenzo, Cal Crutchlow, Andrea Dovizioso, Stefan Bradl, Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi also opted not to return to the track after testing in the rain.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Crutchlow was fifth fastest in the wet with a best time of 1.51.127 but he slipped to 14th on the leaderboard by opting not to ride in the dry.

He said: “I’ve never ridden the 1000 in the rain so it was important to get a few laps under my belt today. I only did 16-laps though because it is pointless taking too many risks with the first race so close.

"The surface wasn’t actually completely wet when I was out because this track dries so quickly but the first impression of the bike in the wet is really positive. With the extra power it is challenging to ride but I don’t think more difficult than the 800.

"Our chassis is quite similar to the 800, so it felt similar but the 1000 bike is definitely a handful. It is a handful to ride in the dry, so it is the same in the wet but I enjoyed it. The big positive today is I only used one set of rain tyres and I think some of the others used three.

"I think if I had put in a new tyre I could have been fastest in the rain. Hopefully the weather is much better tomorrow because I’ve got a few things to try. I was fast yesterday without trying the new Bridgestone front tyres, so I think there is some time to be gained with those."

1 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team 1:40.755 - - 40
2 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing 1:41.661 +0.906 +0.906 39
3 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing 1:41.726 +0.065 +0.971 26
4 Alvaro BAUTISTA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:42.711 +0.985 +1.956 27
5 Hector BARBERA Pramac Racing Team 1:43.288 +0.577 +2.533 35
6 Ivan SILVA Avintia Racing MotoGP 1:43.613 +0.325 +2.858 37
7 Franco BATTAINI Ducati Team 1:44.264 +0.651 +3.509 48
8 Michele PIRRO San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:44.761 +0.497 +4.006 9
9 James ELLISON Paul Bird Motorsport 1:44.969 +0.208 +4.214 30
10 Danilo PETRUCCI Came Iodaracing Project 1:45.336 +0.367 +4.581 24
11 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:47.968 +2.632 +7.213 26
12 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 1:49.822 +1.854 +9.067 25
13 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing 1:50.088 +0.266 +9.333 28
14 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:51.127 +1.039 +10.372 15
15 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:51.702 +0.575 +10.947 16
16 Mattia PASINI Speed Master 1:51.772 +0.070 +11.017 12
17 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda 1:51.778 +0.006 +11.023 23
18 Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team 1:51.856 +0.078 +11.101 3
19 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team 1:51.910 +0.054 +11.155 18
20 Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar 1:52.397 +0.487 +11.642 8
21 Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar 1:57.718 +5.321 +16.963 8
22 Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia Racing MotoGP -.--- - - 0
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PostSubject: Re: Jerez testing......day two nicky on top   Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:56 pm

Hayden must have a secret he aint telling rossi lol
Bet ya he's pulling outta the pit lane then screwing the pre loads like feck lol
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