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Sun emerges on quiet last day of Jerez test

Sun emerges on quiet last day of Jerez test

Sun emerges on quiet last day of Jerez test

The sun finally shone on HRC and Yamaha factory tests at the Jerez circuit in Spain today but it proved to be too little too late as overnight rain left the track unsuitable for much of the final day. World Champion Valentino Rossi sat out the first day but after completing nine laps in wet conditions yesterday he decided not to take any risks today. `Unfortunately the weather is not good, the track conditions are very tricky,´ explained Rossi. `I asked the mechanics if I could take the bike out yesterday, even though I had nothing to test, I have not sat on my bike since the last race. But it was not much fun; the track surface was just too wet to enjoy it.´

The title-winning Honda RC211V did emerge today, however, at the hands of Rossi´s new team-mate, Nicky Hayden. The American has lapped on all three days of the test, gathering valuable experience ahead of his MotoGP rookie season. `For me everything has been positive,´ said the AMA Superbike Champion. `I need to get as many laps in under wet conditions as I can; I need to be able to have a good feeling with the bike in the wet. Any experience I can gain here will help me in races. Even though it is much more powerful than the Superbike, this bike is easier to control. I am beginning to get a very good feeling from it.´

Rossi watched from pit-lane and was on hand to give advice to another rookie, Marco Melandri, who will ride for rival factory Yamaha. The Italian youngster lapped alongside factory colleagues Alex Barros, Olivier Jacque and Shinya Nakano, whilst team-mate Carlos Checa carried out vital front suspension work despite completing just a few laps.

´The track conditions were constantly changing throughout the day and just when it seemed like it was drying out it started to rain again,´ commented the Spaniard. `I lapped with different springs on the front fork and the results were positive, although it is a shame we weren´t able to test for longer´.

MotoGP, 2002

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