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Heavy morning rain spoils MotoGP testing in Jerez

Heavy morning rain spoils MotoGP testing in Jerez

Heavy morning rain spoils MotoGP testing in Jerez

Today´s second day of the official IRTA testing session for MotoGP in Jerez de la Frontera was badly affected by poor weather conditions, as sporadic rain-storms hit the Spanish track, not allowing the asphalt to dry completely until the final hour. Most riders made it out onto the circuit, but none of them were able to improve on their times from yesterday´s first day of testing.

Alex Barros, who was fastest out on the track yesterday, decided to play it safe after having already had his fair share of wet weather testing this winter. He made just eleven laps today, with Shinya Nakano clocked as the fastest rider around the circuit after having completed 38 laps. The Japanese 25 year-old put in some more valuable laps on the Yamaha M1 under the damp conditions, but with the tarmac only drying out late on in the day when temperatures had dropped, he still remained two seconds behind his time from the first day, with a 1:45.214.

$$$ Besides the testing, today was the first chance to see the new livery of Team Suzuki when Kenny Roberts and John Hopkins emerged for several laps in the afternoon. This comes after the American duo had their official team presentation at the circuit yesterday evening. They join the Fortuna and Gauloises Yamaha teams who are now riding in full colours after their factory quartet were presented at a luxurious ceremony just prior to this test, as well as the Ducati Marlboro team, who are also premiering their new racing attire.

Official times from MotoGP IRTA test, Jerez - 22 February 2003

1. Shinya Nakano (JPN) Yamaha - 1 minute 45.214 2. Troy Bayliss (AUS) Ducati – 1:45.640 3. Colin Edwards (USA) Aprilia – 1:47.982 4. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati – 1:48.091 5. Garry McCoy (AUS) Kawasaki – 1:48.263 (Full time sheet in results section).

MotoGP, 2003

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