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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-10-2006, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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jerez test times

Ducati out in front in Jerez
Report, 10/03/06

Today saw the premier class of MotoGP gathering in Jerez for the first of three testing sessions, which will serve as the final chance for fine-tuning ahead of the 2006 season. The day was one of sunshine and only a light breeze, helping to keep temperatures around a comfortable 20 degrees.

The paddock and grandstands of the Andalusian track have seen a steady intake of fans, taking in something of an appetiser ahead of the weekend’s MotoGP main course.

The factory Ducati team dominated proceedings on day one, with Loris Capirossi clocking the fastest time of the session with a lap very close to that which earned Valentino Rossi the pole position last season. With teammate Sete Gibernau second on the leaderboard, Ducati were the first of a series of teams to post strong times on Bridgestone-shod bikes, demonstrating the tyre’s suitability for the Jerez track.

"It's been a positive day. We finally had good weather conditions and were able to work calmly all day. From the minute I went out I felt at ease on the GP6 and we were able to improve throughout the sessions, making only minor modifications to the set-up. The bike has improved a great deal and the tyres are very good. Tomorrow we hope the weather will allow us to do a race distance test" said Capirossi following the day’s testing.

Following on from a great showing at the MotoGP Official Test in Catalunya last week, Shinya Nakano gave his Kawasaki team a welcome boost, coming after the news that one of their trucks had crashed on the way to the circuit.

It was a much better day for Honda, who had struggled last week. The Spanish duo of official factory rider Dani Pedrosa and satellite team man Toni Elias no doubt gave much encouragement to the Japanese constructor, although they will be looking to see the RC211V taking victories in the coming season. Two of last week’s surprise packages, Carlos Checa and John Hopkins were again amongst the top riders. Checa taking the fifth spot and Hopkins continuing to put in fast laps on the Suzuki GSV-R. Rounding off the top ten was Kawasaki’s Randy de Puniet, a rider who went off the track three times and crashed twice in his quest to take the Kawasaki Ninja round in the fastest time possible.

Jerez Test MotoGP
Times: Day One
1. Loris Capirossi - Ducati Marlboro 1'40.910
2. Sete Gibernau - Ducati Marlboro 1'41.176
3. Shinya Nakano - Kawasaki Racing 1'41.477
4. Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda 1'41.499
5. Toni Elías - Fortuna Honda 1'41.680
6. Colin Edwards - Camel Yamaha 1'41.730
7. Carlos Checa - Tech 3 Yamaha 1'41.732
8. John Hopkins - Rizla Suzuki 1'41.740
9. Valentino Rossi - Camel Yamaha 1'41.861
10. Randy de Puniet - Kawasaki Racing 1'41.915
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Camel Yamaha Team begin final race preparations at Jerez test

Spain, Jerez

Camel Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards began their final three days of pre-season testing at Jerez de la Frontera in Southern Spain today. The 4.423 km Jerez circuit, which will play host to the season-opening Grand Prix in two weeks time, provides the last chance for the World Champion and his team-mate to perfect the set-up of their YZR-M1s before the curtain goes up on the new MotoGP season.

Following last weekend's test in Barcelona, where Rossi consistently topped the time sheets and Edwards drove away with a new car after winning Sunday's wet 'qualifying' shoot-out, both riders were faced with some traction problems today and are now focused on finding a solution with tyre manufacture Michelin and the Yamaha engineers over the next two days. Loris Capirossi (Ducati) was the only rider to lap under the circuit record, setting a time of 1'40.910. Edwards (1'41.730) and Rossi (1'41.861) set the sixth and ninth best times respectively.

Colin Edwards (6th, 1'41.730, 68 laps)
"After the highs of last weekend, today has shown us that we still have a bit of work to do before the first race. We started with 99% of the same settings that we had in Barcelona and we've only made some small changes; the bike is still working great. However we're missing traction with the tyres and now we need to get that sorted out with Michelin. We need to find the right tyre for our bike at this track, but they're working hard to do just that and tomorrow we should have something new to try. I think everyone's a bit 'tested-out' now so it's just a case of making one last big effort here, then we can all finally concentrate on the first race!"

Valentino Rossi (9th, 1'41.861, 73 laps) "It's quite a big change coming here after last weekend as we have some problems and the vibration that we had in Malaysia and Qatar has returned. The problem is that the tyres that we have available to us here are not working correctly with our bike, so now we're waiting for some new race tyres for tomorrow and Sunday. We hope that with this we can fix the problem. We've worked a lot on settings and other things today in order to find a way to improve the traction, but in reality we can't do anything until we have a different tyre. We're ninth so we're not very fast! Now we have just two days to prepare before we come back here for the first race so we're going to work very hard with Yamaha and Michelin to solve the problem."

Davide Brivio - Camel Yamaha Team Director "We had some problems today to make our package work like it did last week in Barcelona, but both riders have the same problem so this make it's easier to work on the situation. We exchanged a lot of information between Yamaha and Michelin and in the next two days we will work together to find the right solution. I am confident that with the full cooperation of everyone involved, we can overcome the problem."

Official lap times:
1. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team, 1'40.910 2. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Ducati Marlboro Team, 1'41.176 3. Shinya Nakano (JPN) Kawasaki Racing Team, 1'41.477 4. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team, 1'41.499 5. Toni Elias (SPA) Fortuna Honda, 1'41.680 6. Colin Edwards (USA) Camel Yamaha Team, 1'41.730 7. Carlos Checa (SPA) Tech 3 Yamaha, 1'41.732 8. John Hopkins (USA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP, 1'41.740 9. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Camel Yamaha Team, 1'41.861 10. Randy de Puniet (FRA) Kawasaki Racing Team, 1'41.915 11. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda Team, 1'41.984 12. Marco Melandri (ITA) Fortuna Honda, 1'42.106 13. Kenny Roberts (USA) Team Roberts, 1'42.328 14. Makoto Tamada (JPN) Konica Minolta Honda, 1'42.558 15. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP, 1'42.938 16. Alex Hofmann (GER) D'Antin Pramac, 1'43.274 17. Vittoriano Guareschi (ITA) Ducati, 1'43.417 18. Jose Luis Cardoso (SPA) D'Antin Pramac, 1'44.501 19. James Ellison (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha, 1'44.953 20. Tadayuki Okada (JPN) HRC, 1'45.930

Jerez Lap Record: Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 2005 - 1'40.596 Jerez Best Lap: Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 2005 - 1'39.419
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