Stoner ninth quickest in official MotoGP test

Casey Stoner aboard the factory Ducati

Casey Stoner aboard the factory Ducati

Casey Stoner measured himself against MotoGP’s current crop for the first time since 2012 as he took part in the second day of the pre-season test at Sepang.

The former two-time MotoGP champion completed 45 timed laps aboard a 2015 specification Ducati in his role as development rider for the Italian manufacturer.

Stoner ended the session recording the ninth quickest time which was just 1.008s shy of the day’s best set by Pramac Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci.

He was just fractionally slower than team-mate Andrea Iannone, riding the 2016 machine, while fellow factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso was 14th fastest.

The session was Stoner’s first official timed MotoGP outing since he announced his retirement from the sport at the end of 2012.

Petrucci’s session best 2:00.095s was half a second quicker than the benchmark set by reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo on Monday.

The test was brought to halt in the morning when Avintia Ducati rider Loris Baz escaped a frightening 290km/h crash.

Officials red flagged the session for more than hour to determine the cause of the accident.

Michelin withdrew its soft compound tyre which was being utilised by Baz at the time of the crash as a precaution.

Baz rejoined the action once the session resumed.

Despite suffering a fall, Lorenzo emerged in second spot just 0.060s adrift of Petrucci with the sister Avintia Ducati of Hector Barbera in third.

Honda’s Marc Marquez chalked up 52 laps to finish the day in fourth just 0.7s shy of Petrucci.

The satellite LCR Honda of Cal Crutchlow continued his impressive display in fifth ahead of Valentino Rossi in sixth.

The Sepang pre-season test concludes on Wednesday.

Result: MotoGP Sepang Test Day 2

Position Rider Team/Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducait 2:00.095s 46
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2:00.155s +0.060s 32
3 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 2:00.387s +0.292s 32
4 Marc Marquez Honda 2:00.843s +0.748s 52
5 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 2:00.899s +0.804s 55
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2:01.021s +0.926s 54
7 Scott Redding Pramac Racing Ducati 2:01.049s +0.954s 42
8 Andrea Iannone Ducati 2:01.052s +0.957s 39
9 Casey Stoner Ducati 2:01.103s +1.008s 45
10 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 2:01.107s +1.012s 59
11 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 2:01.421s +1.326s 59
12 Dani Pedrosa Honda 2:01.475s +1.380s 36
13 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 2:01.644s +1.549s 41
14 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2:01.723s +1.628s 35
15 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 2:01.992s +1.897s 32
16 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 2:02.092s +1.997s 39
17 Esteve Rabat Marc VDS Honda 2:02.328s +2.233s 54
18 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini 2:02.372s +2.277s 45
19 Loris Baz Avintia Racing Ducati 2:02.611s +2.516s 26
20 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha 2:02.691s +2.596s 43
21 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini 2:02.876s +2.781s 52

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