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Rossi braves the showers to test at Jerez

Rossi braves the showers to test at Jerez

Rossi braves the showers to test at Jerez

The second of three days of factory tests at the Spanish circuit of Jerez were hit by intermittent showers today but MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi upheld his promise to disregard the adverse conditions and test his Honda RC211V for the first time since the end of the 2002 season. The Italian was the only rider present who decided not to ride yesterday but he clocked several laps today alongside HRC colleagues Nicky Hayden, Daijiro Kato and Tohru Ukawa, sharing the track with Yamaha M1 riders Carlos Checa, Marco Melandri, Alex Barros, Olivier Jacque and Shinya Nakano.

`It was too rainy yesterday; we had nothing to test in the rain so I decided not to ride at all,´ explained Rossi. `I decided that today I would ride even in the rain. It's a pity, we had important test for tyres, but slicks!´

After being greeted by dark clouds and driving rain on their arrival at the circuit on Monday, the teams pulled back the curtains to bright sunshine this morning although several rainy spells and water running down from the surrounding hillside prevented the track from completely drying out. Most riders were able to lap on cut slick tyres, however, and took the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the latest introductions to their MotoGP 2003 machines.

For Checa it was a crucial opportunity to test Yamaha´s new fuel injected four-stroke engine. `We tested the fuel injected engine because we were keen to see how it would respond in the wet conditions,´ explained the Spaniard. `It was also the first time for the new chassis in the wet and we wanted to test some new tyres from Michelin. It has not been a great test so far but we have learnt some things.´

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MotoGP, 2002, Valentino Rossi

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