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Rain ruins second day of MotoGP IRTA tests

Rain ruins second day of MotoGP IRTA tests

Rain ruins second day of MotoGP IRTA tests

Following on from yesterday's cold and windy conditions, which had stopped riders from testing until late morning, further deterioration in the weather today meant that riders were once again limited in their tests at the Ricardo Tormo circuit near Valencia. Midday showers prevented any further action after lunch, with the cloud cover giving the asphalt no opportunity to dry out.

The poor weather did not stop riders from making improvements on yesterday's times however, and for the second day running, the two-stroke bikes had the upper hand over their four-stroke rivals. Australian Garry McCoy ended up fastest, after putting in 30 laps and a quickest time of 1'34.557, one and a half seconds under the lap record. The Red Bull Yamaha man is quickly settling in to his new Dunlop tyres, which together with his YZR500 today had an advantage of some 0.668 seconds over his nearest MotoGP counterpart. That rider was Carlos Checa on board the Yamaha M1 four-stroke, the Spaniard holding off team-mate Max Biaggi by 0.116 seconds.

McCoy commented, 'I've been doing really well out there considering the conditions. The track is very cold, and we've been testing lots of different set-ups. I'm really enjoying the new Dunlops, they seem to fit my style better. To see various tyre manufacturers supplying the top class can only be good for the competition.'

Norick Abe made light of the off-track turmoil which had hit his colleague Alex Criville. He was the busiest rider of the day after having put in 51 laps, and a fastest time of 1'35.908. His Japanese compatriot Shinya Nakano, also on a Yamaha YZR500, was just in front of him with the fourth quickest time.

In the quarter-litre class, Fonsi Nieto once again proved that he is going to be a force to be reckoned with this season, finishing with a time of 1'37.032, after completing just 15 laps. Behind him came young Australian Casey Stoner, who is showing great promise even before his first season in the World Championships begins. Trailing these two was Roberto Locatelli, who put in his first laps after being absent from the tests yesterday.

Official best times


Garry McCOY, AUS (Yamaha) - 1'34.557

Carlos CHECA, SPA (Yamaha) - 1'35.225

Max BIAGGI, ITA (Yamaha) - 1'35.341

Shinya NAKANO, JPN (Yamaha) - 1'35.774

Norick ABE, JPN (Yamaha) - 1'35.908

John KOCINSKI, USA (Yamaha) - 1'36.173

Alex BARROS, BRA (Honda) - 1'36.202

Regis LACONI, FRA (Aprilia) - 1'36.855

Jurgen vd GOORBERGH, NED (Honda) - 1'37.331

Olivier JACQUE, FRA (Yamaha) - 1'37.599


Alfonso NIETO, SPA (Aprilia) - 1'37.032

Casey STONER, AUS (Aprilia) - 1'37.670

Roberto LOCATELLI, ITA (Aprilia) - 1'37.848

Randy DE PUNIET, FRA (Aprilia) - 1'38.251

Sebastian PORTO, ARG (Yamaha) - 1'38.546

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