Stoner ends final day of testing at Sepang at the top of the timesheets
DAY THREE of the official MotoGP test at Sepang saw Casey Stoner return to the top of the timesheets after missing the second day.Along with the quartet of Honda riders, the reigning champion was absent from testing yesterday after Dani Pedrosa's RC213V suffered an engine failure on Tuesday.
Returning to track action for the final day at Sepang, Stoner took advantage of the best weather conditions of test lapping the Malaysian circuit in 2:00.473. The time was seven tenths quicker than his best on the first day, as the World Champion concentrated on efficient fuel consumption.
Following in second was Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa. The Spaniard was .175 off Stoner's best time after completing 40 laps around Sepang.
Next up was a trio of Yamahas with the factory YZR-M1 of Jorge Lorenzo sandwiched inbetween the Tech 3 pair of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow. First up was Dovizioso, who ended the final day in third and three tenths from the quickest time.
Lorenzo used the final day to work on his race pace at the Malaysian circuit, the 2010 champion crashed in the morning but was reportedly happy with the improvements made to the YZR-M1. Crutchlow was the final rider to lap within the 2:00 barrier, five tenths off Stoner's best.
Hector Barbera claimed the honours of being the fastest Ducati, finishing the final day in sixth with a best time of 2:01.231. Of the factory Ducatis, Valentino Rossi was tenth at the end of day three and a second off the quickest time. His team-mate Nicky Hayden followed, just five hundreths of a second behind the Italian.
Testing continues when the MotoGP field moves to Jerez for three days from March 23, the final test before the first round at Qatar on April 8. Click here for the 2012 MotoGP calendar.
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