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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Rossi tops the time-sheets at Sepang Test 2


Alvaro Bautista of The Rizla Suzuki Team

Track temperature's up to 37oC, putting the bikes and riders to a real test before the 2010 MotoGP starts in Qatar on 11th April 2010.

Valentino Rossi signed off the 2010 MotoGP's Second official pre-season test at Sepang today topping the time sheets yet again, with a fastest lap time of 2'00.271" on 25th February and 2'01.068" on the 26th, smashing Sepang's lap record.

"I'm really happy to have beaten my pole record, it's a good feeling to be first in testing. I did this with an old tyre but we also got the chance to try a very good new tyre from Bridgestone today, which, I hope we will use from the first race.", Valentino Rossi.


Valentino Rossi of the Fiat-Yamaha Racing Team

Rossi looks forward to the next and final pre-season test to be held in Qatar, by which time Rossi's injured team-mate, Jorge Lorenzo hopes to have made full recovery and to be back in action due to an injured wrist obtained during training.

"Now, we go to Qatar and then we will see our level because it is not one of mine or Yamaha's best tracks! But, we're in great shape and this is very important at this stage of the season. I'm really looking forward to it.", Rossi added.

Casey Stoner came in second fastest in the second official pre-season test here in Sepang setting it at 2'00.512" with his team-mate Nicky Hayden of the Ducati Marlboro Team setting it third fastest with 2'00.703".


Ben Spies of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Colin Edwards and Ben Spies of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team shines in Malaysia when they managed to come in fourth and fifth fastest respectively completing the top five for the two day test in Sepang International Circuit. Ben Spies proved himself, once again, what a phenomenally fast learner he is, after posting a series of consistently competitive lap times round the circuit.

Marco Simoncelli ended his test early here in Sepang, after a crash at turn 7 at the Sepang International Circuit. The 2008 250cc World Champion suffered a mild concussion following from the crash, was taken to the hospital as a precaution.


Alvaro Bautista making his exit from the Pit Garage

Capirossi manages to complete the test in Sepang with the new promising Rizla Suzuki GSV-R engine, happy, after an encouraging result. Both Capirossi and rookie in the premier class, Alvaro Bautista, are both happy with the progress that they have achieved during the test in Sepang.


Dani Pedrosa at Sepang International Circuit


Press release courtesy from The Fiat Yamaha Team. Reference from www.motogp.com and www.sepangcircuit.com.my

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