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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-15-2006, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Nakano top as rain returns at Sepang.

Day two at the third and final Sepang pre-season test saw heavy rain follow a hot morning in Malaysia - and Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano at the top of the timesheets.

The tropical downpour started to fall at around 3.00pm, prompting the majority of riders to bring a halt to their test programme and hope for a fully dry final day tomorrow. Rain also interrupted testing yesterday afternoon.

Nevertheless, Nakano's very impressive time of 2mins 1.8secs (as reported by his MotoGP rivals at the test... although has it as a 2min 1.08secs - Kawasaki has yet to release an 'official' Nakano time) was over one second better than the fastest race lap from last September's Malaysia Grand Prix and effectively equalled Loris Capirossi's pole time at the same event.

The Ducati rider was nearest to Nakano today, lapping just 0.07secs from the Japanese, but the 2min 1.66secs set by Fortuna Honda's Marco Melandri yesterday remained unbeaten. Melandri himself would suffer a mysterious high speed fall and ended the day with just the 11th fastest time.

In his absence, Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa (second yesterday) was the top RCV rider, in fifth, with Yamaha's world champion Valentino Rossi and Suzuki's John Hopkins between the MotoGP rookie and Capirossi.

Meanwhile, Pedrosa's former 250GP title rival, Casey Stoner didn't ride today and will take no further part in the test. The Honda LCR rider has a problem with a tendon in his shoulder and decided to return to Australia for specialist treatment.

Testing concludes on Thursday.

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Yamaha Press Release

Rain shower calls early halt to second day of Sepang test

Malaysia, Sepang

Work ended early for Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards today when day two of the
Camel Yamaha Team's Sepang Test was cut short by a mid-afternoon rainstorm. The
Team spent the morning working on different settings and testing tyres with
Michelin, looking to eliminate the vibration that the riders have been
experiencing lately, before the rain came down after lunch. Both riders ventured
out in the wet on the 2006-spec M1, the first time they have been able to see
the performance of the new bike in these conditions, but the track soon started
to dry out in patches and they decided to call it a day after just a few laps.

Shinya Nakano (Kawasaki) set the fastest time of the day with a lap of 2'01.80,
followed by Loris Capirossi (Ducati, 2'01.87). Rossi, who celebrates his 27th
birthday tomorrow, was close behind him with a time of 2'01.89 after 47 laps,
whilst team-mate Edwards completed 57 laps and set the seventh fastest time with
a lap of 2'02.20. The Camel Yamaha Team has one final day of testing remaining

Valentino Rossi (2'01.89, 47 Laps)
"This morning we did quite a lot of laps and we were quite fast and consistent,
so I was happy. We worked very well with Michelin and with one or two new tyres
that they brought we made some good improvements to the vibration. Unfortunately
in the afternoon it rained and we couldn't go on as we wished. We made a few
laps in the rain just to see how the new bike was in the wet; we had some new
things to try with the electronic mapping in these conditions, but we needed
more time. After a few laps the track started to dry and then with the
conditions half wet and half dry, we had to stop. Tomorrow we might do a long
run and we will also continue with the work we started today."

Colin Edwards (2'02.20, 57 Laps)
"The weather was a real disappointment today because we had a lot of work to do
and we weren't able to complete as many laps as we had hoped. Anyway in the
morning we concentrated on a new front fork setting and generally played around,
looking for some improvements to the chatter issue. We didn't have enough time
to do everything but we definitely made some steps in the right direction. We
tested a couple of tyres for Michelin but then the rain came down. We did a few
laps in the rain, just to check some settings and try out a couple of new things
for Yamaha, and everything seemed okay in that area. Tomorrow we're going to get
started nice and early as we've got a lot still to do; I really hope the weather
is better!"

Davide Brivio - Camel Yamaha Team Director
"Unfortunately the rain stopped us from completing all the work we wanted to do,
but anyway we tried to use these conditions as best we could to check some
things with the new bike. Tomorrow is our final day of testing in warm
conditions before we return to Europe and we have to try to use all the time we
have available to us."

Unofficial Lap Times:
1. Shinya Nakano (JPN) Kawasaki, 2'01.80
2. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati, 2'01.87
3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha, 2'01.89
4. John Hopkins (USA) Suzuki, 2'01.90
5. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Honda, 2'01.93
6. Carlos Checa (SPA) Yamaha, 2'02.06
7. Colin Edwards (USA) Yamaha, 2'02.20
8. Randy de Puniet (FRA) Kawasaki, 2'02.37
9. Toni Elias (SPA) Honda, 2'02.62
10. Marco Melandri (ITA) Honda, 2'02.65
11. Makoto Tamada (JPN) Honda, 2'02.66
12. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Ducati, 2'02.87
13. Nicky Hayden (USA) Honda, 2'02.93
14. Kenny Roberts (USA) KR Honda, 2'02.95
15. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Suzuki, 2'03.18
16. Alex Hofmann (GER) Ducati, 2'04.23
17. Jose Luis Cardoso (SPA) Ducati, 2'04.65
18. James Ellison (GBR) Yamaha, 2'05.08

Sepang Lap Record: Nicky Hayden (Honda) 2005 - 2'02.993
Sepang Best Lap: Loris Capirossi (Ducati) 2005 - 2'01.731

Ambient temperature: 31 degrees
Track temperature: 45 degrees
Humidity: 74%

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Beat you to it. You miss my post before you put this up?

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-15-2006, 06:42 PM
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Could someone set up a download of Nakano on day 2? I'd like to see the big Kawasaki in action.
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Originally Posted by Enigma
Beat you to it. You miss my post before you put this up?
Not really i saw yours.. But this more info on the race and what happened + Yamaha press release..
i saw that u put the results ..Cool thx a million..
keep up the good work
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