Quote from the front page of MTM...
Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) 7th, 2:02.130 (18 laps)
“Another day practically lost, which is really a shame because for us it’s very important to ride as much as possible, and today's track conditions were much better than yesterday's. Given that we knew rain was predicted for the afternoon, we tried to focus as much work as possible in just the first twenty or so laps this morning. Using both bikes, we tried the new traction control, some software updates with the wheelie control and other small details that have to do with the seating position. I had good impressions with all of those, so we put it all into the setup of just one bike and put on a new tyre, only for it to start raining. Game over. On the plus side, I had a good feeling with all of the new stuff, so I hope we can work a little longer tomorrow.”
Is the reason for having the new things spread across 2 bikes to enable them to trouble shoot easier should one of the "new things" not be effective?
Is Hayden simply testing the bike, whereas Rossi is trying new things? Could this explain the fact Rossi is 4 tenths slower? However much I like Nicky, he's not normally as quick as Rossi... so I would be surprised if there wasn't some 'factor' behind this. Especially as Nicky is recovering from injury still.
This is pure specualtion, but Rossi is normally a couple of tenths quicker than Nicky, which would actually put him right in amongst the Yamaha's... I remain hopeful.
Fingers crossed that the rain stays away for tomorrow, the we get some Honda's on the track and we can come to some very preliminary conclusions coming out of Sepang II, rather than just teams not able to complete the testing they aimed to do.