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Stoner completes second day of Sepang test

The Australian's aim was to help make improvements to the new Magneti Marelli system

AUSTRALIAN Casey Stoner has completed his second day of testing at Sepang. 

For just the second time since re-joining Ducati in 2016, Casey Stoner took to the track on-board the GP15 to aid the development of the bike and to assess various settings for the Italian manufacturer.

Stoner’s primary concern was in relation to the Magneti Marelli system and therefore ran tests for the test squad whilst Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone focused on the 2016 Ducati.

Unfortunately the much talked-about crash from Loris Baz forced Stoner and the rest of the grid to switch to hard tyres, therefore altering the his and Ducati’s plan.

The 2007 and 2011 world champion was able to set a 2:01.103, good enough for ninth and only 0.051s slower than Iannone and over half a second faster than Dovizioso.

When asked if this test was foreshadowing a potential wildcard, Stoner stressed he was simply there to test. 

'It’s been another good day today. Being on track with everybody else, with the good track conditions, gave us better indications of what we are feeling in comparison,' the Australian explained.

'We had a lot of different things to test, but unfortunately after Baz’s crash we had to change tyre compounds and re-test everything. We went through a lot of the stack we had to do, and got some very positive input from the electronics, the engine braking, the clutch and in every aspect of the bike, together with a few things we can improve, and we gathered a lot of data to move forward from there.'

The final day of the test commences tomorrow in Sepang at 10am local time.

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