Ducati rider Niccolo Canepa edged into the top spot late in the day during MotoGP testing July 2 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, posting a fast lap of 1 minute, 43.0069 seconds for the best overall time of the two-day test.
"This morning we had some problems with the bike, so we went slower and did not do a lot of setup," Canepa said. "This evening I tried to do a long run on a full tank of fuel. I did a very good lap time on the first lap with full fuel. I’m really happy like yesterday, but a little tired now. I want to come back soon because I like the track and the whole USA."
American rider Ben Spies held the top spot most of the day but settled for second place on the speed charts for the second consecutive day with a lap of 1:43.0912 on the No. 11 Suzuki. Erwan Nigon was third on a Honda at 1:43.6276, Olivier Jacque was fourth at 1:43.8188 on a Kawasaki, William Costes was fifth at 1:44.0680 and Wataru Yoshikawa was sixth for the day at 1:44.2975, both on Yamaha bikes.
Every rider improved their lap times Wednesday. Canepa led Tuesday at 1:44.1756.