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Rossi fastest again on busy final day at Phillip Island

Rossi fastest again on busy final day at Phillip Island

Rossi fastest again on busy final day at Phillip Island

The HRC three-day MotoGP test at Phillip Island ended today with Valentino Rossi once again taking the fastest time. The final day of the test was interrupted by a thunderstorm that left the track wet for short period, restricting dry running time but the teams were able to suss out valuable wet weather settings for the new RCV.

Rossi and Hayden worked on machine and suspension settings, with Hayden also taking advantage of the conditions to get in wet weather practice. ´The weather was not so good this morning and the number of laps was down as I was in and out of the box making many changes and adjustments,´ the World Champion commented. ´It was a very busy day. HRC have worked well to develop the bike and the technicians will go back to Japan with a huge amount of data. I´m very happy we decided to test in Sepang and Australia because I hear the weather in Europe has not so good. We did the right choice. I now go back to London and get some rest. I´m looking forward to Catalunya, which will be a very important test because for the first time we are all together with the new entry.´

$$$ Nicky Hayden made the most of the wet to get some experience and then finished the day on a positive note. `In the afternoon we did some longer runs looking at the tyres. The coolest thing was that I got to get behind Valentino for a few laps and knocked off like a second from my lap time. He was decent enough to let me sit behind him, which was fun because I´ve been testing here for three days and basically been riding around by myself. Not only did I learn some stuff by watching him I also saw the areas that I need to improve. I´m pretty excited about going home now and getting to Daytona even though I wont race there. I´ve been going to Bike Week since I was a little kid so for me it´s a real fun. Then over to Catalunya in March for the next tests. I like the track and there´ll be a lot of riders there. Should be interesting.´

The Honda MotoGP teams will now take a two week break before recommencing testing at the IRTA test at the Montmelo circuit, close to Barcelona, on March 15th and 16th.

Unofficial lap times:

Valentino Rossi - 1:32.2 (52 laps)
Nicky Hayden - 1:32.47 (62 laps)
Shinichi Itoh - 1:32.9 (39 laps)
Makoto Tamada - 1:33.3 (38 laps)

MotoGP, 2003

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