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Cold snap continues at Catalunya

Cold snap continues at Catalunya

Cold snap continues at Catalunya

The second day of the MotoGP Official Test was completely washed out today as only a handful of riders braved the cold conditions and constant rain to complete some tentative laps of the Circuit de Catalunya. For most of the MotoGP teams and riders assembled at the Barcelona venue, track temperatures as low as 5ºC and a thick film of water made any attempt at gathering crucial preseason set-up information futile, and attention turned to the media centre, where Valentino Rossi dodged the rain to pick up the brand new World Championship Trophy, which now becomes a permanent fixture for winners of the MotoGP series.

During the afternoon, Shinichi Itoh, Vittoriano Guareschi and Gregorio Lavilla, test riders for Honda, Ducati and Suzuki respectively, were joined on track by Kawasaki riders Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann, as well as Yamaha pair Marco Melandri and Norick Abe, who lapped until the end of the session and set the fastest time with 2'02.757 after 32 laps. Ducati Marlboro pair Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss also went out in the final hour, with Capirossi returning to boxes before the completion of a single lap and Bayliss clocking up just five laps. Proton Team KR rider Nobuatsu Aoki also made a brief appearance with their new V5, also returning to the warmth of his pit garage without completing the lap.

Weather forecasts for tomorrow predict more cold temperatures with a possibility of rain, although the majority of teams are likely to take the decision to test regardless of the conditions with just three weeks remaining until the start of the season and just one more official test remaining at Jerez next week.

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MotoGP, 2004

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