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MotoGP teams conclude two days of tests at Brno

MotoGP teams conclude two days of tests at Brno

MotoGP teams conclude two days of tests at Brno

Searing heat greeted the Honda, Yamaha Ducati, Aprilia, Kawasaki and Proton teams as they completed two days of crucial MotoGP tests at the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic on Thursday. Just one month ahead of the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky the crews and riders were able to complete valuable set-up work on their prototype machines and test several tyre compounds in blistering temperatures touching 51ºC. Honda rider Max Biaggi was the fastest man over the two days, taking advantage of a new set of Michelin tyres, which arrived late on Wednesday night after a hold up at customs, to set a best lap time of 1:58.8 - well inside his 2002 pole position time of 1:59.646.

Elsewhere in the Honda camp Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau spent the day tyre testing and trying out the shorter, and much louder, exhaust system on the RCV211V, whilst rookie Nicky Hayden and Ryuichi Kiyonari concentrated on accumulating as many laps as possible at this fast and technical circuit. Bridgestone riders Makoto Tamada and Shinichi Itoh concentrated on tyre testing, trying out 45 different combinations over the two days. Tamada made a back-to-back test of the old and new RC211V chassis´ fitted with the same tyres, putting in over 40 laps on each machine before declaring that the new chassis has more potential.

Yamaha rider Carlos Checa rode consistently on both days and completed a total of 136 laps, six more than his team-mate Marco Melandri, as he worked closely with Michelin on their race tyres and tested the basic race set-up of his Yamaha YZR-M1. Ducati men Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss continued to work on the set-up of their Desmosedici, trying out a vast number of Michelin rear tyres.

There were three Aprilia RS Cube bikes on the track, ridden by Colin Edwards, Noriyuki Haga and Marcellino Lucchi. Edwards reverted to the chassis he used at the start of the season as he concentrated his efforts on tyres whilst Haga used the new chassis before leaving at 3.30pm for a short vacation with his family in Japan. Whilst Kawasaki development rider Alex Hofmann continued working closely with Dunlop, regular riders Andrew Pitt and Garry McCoy evaluated a revised crankshaft, chassis modifications and a selection of new front and rear development tyres for the Ninja ZX-RR.

Unofficial lap times:

Max Biaggi (Camel Pramac Honda) 1:58.8
Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda) 1:59.64
Sete Gibernau (Telefonica MoviStar Honda) 1:59.64
Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda) 2:00.03
Colin Edwards (Alice Aprilia) 2:00.23
Carlos Checa (Fortuna Yamaha) 2:005
Marco Melandri (Fortuna Yamaha) 2:00.7
Shinichi Itoh (Bridgestone test rider) 2:01.2
Noriyuki Haga (Alice Aprilia) 2:01.34
Makoto Tamada (Pramac Honda) 2:00.2
Ryuichi Kiyonari (Telefonica MoviStar) Honda) 2:02.21
Garry McCoy (Fuchs Kawasaki) 2:02.4
Alex Hofmann (Fuchs Kawasaki) 2:03.1
Andrew Pitt (Fuchs Kawasaki) 2:03.3

MotoGP, 2003

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