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HRC riders kick off Valencia test

HRC riders kick off Valencia test

HRC riders kick off Valencia test

HRC began testing today on the Ricardo Tormo track in Valencia : official HRC riders Nicky Hayden, Daijiro Kato and Tohru Ukawa initiated their ´Spanish programme´, as they´ll head to Jerez later this week.

American Nicky Hayden lapped aboard the RC211V for the third time, after a first contact with his new bike in Motegi and another testing session in Suzuka last week. He also had his first taste of MotoGP in Valencia, during the Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana. Japanese riders Daijiro Kato and Tohru Ukawa were back on the track for the first time since the last round of the MotoGP World Championship. It was also the first time Ukawa was testing with the Honda Pons team, for which he will race alongside Max Biaggi next year.

The three riders, greeted by sunny weather, mainly focused on tyres testing. From next Wednesday, Yamaha will be testing on the Spanish track, with Marco Melandri M1 debuts.

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