Spies on top as more rain delays test
29 February 2012 – Ben Spies has finished quickest on the second day of this week’s MotoGP test in Malaysia. The American was the leading rider in a top four lockout for Yamaha as both factory Hondas remained rooted to the sidelines with engine problems. Once again, a heavy downpour limited running time at Sepang.
With a best personal effort of 2:01.285, Spies edged out team-mate and 2010 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo by just eight thousandths of a second, with Tech 3 pairing Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow jumped ahead of Nicky Hayden’s Ducati.
At Honda, both Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa stayed in their garage, having discovered an engine problem on Tuesday; although data was sent back to the track in order to rectify the issue, the rainstorm prevented the duo from making any progress.
After solving an early electronics glitch, Colin Edwards continued to make strides for Forward Racing and ended the day ninth fastest on his Suter-BMW, ahead of the two BQR-Blusens machines. There was less development for Karel Abraham, who will be absent from the rest of the test due to his injuries, picked up in Jerez last week.
Pramac’s Héctor Barberá was first to trial the new rear safety light which is compulsory for adverse conditions this year, as he was the only rider to venture out in the rain; because of standing water, he fell at Turn 13 but walked away uninjured.
The Sepang MotoGP test will conclude on Thursday