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Several teams sign off in Jerez

Several teams sign off in Jerez

Several teams sign off in Jerez

An extended test session at the Jerez circuit for a group of MotoGP teams was blessed by good weather on Tuesday, when several riders signed off and began to look forward to the third round of the season at Le Mans next week.

Sete Gibernau, who took the day off yesterday following his victory in Sunday's MotoGP race, returned to work today and will do so again tomorrow as he looks to define the set-up of the new chassis on his Honda RC211V. Telefonica Movistar Honda team-mate Colin Edwards packed up this evening, as did Repsol Honda riders Alex Barros and Nicky Hayden, whilst Makoto Tamada lapped alone for Camel Honda in the absence of his team-mate Max Biaggi, who completed a Michelin tyre test on Monday.

In the Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha garage both Valentino Rossi and Carlos Checa carried out tests with the new Magneti Marelli fuel injection system alongside factory colleagues Norick Abe and Marco Melandri.

Ducati riders Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi made the most of the good weather to catch up on development work with the Desmosedici GP4, continuing key data gathering from the tyres, suspension and new engine components. Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann were also back on track as they continued their intense development programme with the new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR and Bridgestone tyres.

The factory Honda 250cc teams also tested today, with Roby Rolfo, Toni Elías, Dani Pedrosa and Hiroshi Aoyama taking to the track to work out suspension settings for the new RSW chassis. All four riders are expected to continue tomorrow alongside Gibernau, whilst the rest of the teams begin the first stage of the journey north through Europe to Le Mans.

MotoGP, 2004

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