Stoner: “I didn’t expect to be comfortable so fast” First day back at Ducati and it seems to be going reasonably well... Now what can we do to prod him in the right direction? Now, just to put things in context, this is taken from a story just on a year ago. =================================================== "Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi said world champion Marc Marquez's stunning lap on the final day of the Sepang test didn't come as a huge surprise given the Repsol Honda rider's renowned qualifying power. Marquez set the fastest ever lap at the Malaysian track in 1m 58.867s on the RC213V to end the test on top and Rossi, who managed his own personal best Sepang lap in 1m 59.401s to finish fourth fastest, tipped his hat to the reigning champion. “Today have a very good condition for everybody. But going 1m 58.8, I think he is the first one to go 1'58, and you know, to say it is a surprise from Marquez is not true,” he said. “We know he is very good in that lap, so it is impressive, and is also impressive the 1m 59.0 from [Dani] Pedrosa. So I think that Pedrosa this year will be more strong than in last season. " ===================================================== One or two things I should point out. That laptime by M&M is the record, the fastest anybody has ever gone there. It's not a lap record, because it didn't happen in a race, or in qualifying. It happened at pre season testing, with time to fiddle and tune and try stuff. And it happened with a bike he was familiar with, on Bridgestone tyres and with full factory+ traction control. And I think it happened after several days of testing, once the track was fully "rubbered in." Does that explain 3.5 sec? Pretty well, yes. It was only Casey's first day, not the last. And this bike is very different to the last Ducati he was riding. As a first day back at work, it's a better effort than I would have done.