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MotoGP majority stay for Catalunya test

MotoGP majority stay for Catalunya test

MotoGP majority stay for Catalunya test

Almost all of the MotoGP teams who had contested the Gran Premi Gauloises de Catalunya this weekend stayed on at the Montmeló circuit for an extra day of testing on Monday. Only the WCM team were without representation at the Barcelona track as the teams and riders took a key opportunity to refine their set-up and try out new material ahead of the sixth round of the season at Assen in two weeks' time.

Troy Bayliss returned to action after injuring his face and neck in a nasty crash during yesterday's race, joining Ducati team-mate Loris Capirossi in a shakedown test of the new ‘Twin Pulse' Desmosedici engine. Capirossi revealed that the engine was easier to use but added that it still needed a lot of development and said he will use the old version at Assen.

D'Antin Ducati riders Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus also tested, with Hodgson taking the opportunity to run up the laps on the D16 GP3 and Xaus testing out a new type of Repsol fuel before calling it a day at lunchtime.

In the Telefonica Movistar box Sete Gibernau continued to search for a solution to the rear traction problems which dogged him during yesterday's race, whilst his team-mate Colin Edwards worked on the opposite end of the bike. Edwards has suffered from chattering problems on the front end of his Honda RC211V all season but reported slight progress today as he looks forward to returning to Assen, an old WSB stomping ground.

Kawasaki riders Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann continued to put the Bridgestone tyres through a rigorous testing programme, racking up the laps until the Japanese company ran out of rubber midway through the afternoon. Also gathering crucial data for Bridgestone were factory Honda rider Makoto Tamada, who blew a tyre, HRC test stalwart Shinichi Itoh and Gregorio Lavilla, who worked his way through a series of new parts including suspension updates for Suzuki.

Marco Melandri crashed in the final corner but emerged unscathed and continued a brief test for Yamaha. Melandri was joined by factory colleagues Carlos Checa, Norick Abe and Valentino Rossi, who lapped virtually until the track closed at 6pm, as the factory looked to improve chassis and suspension settings to get the rear end of the bike working as well as they now have the front.

Jeremy McWilliams did not ride after missing yesterday's race and returning home to Belfast suffering from bad bruising and minor internal injuries sustained in a crash during the morning warm-up. However, Aprilia team-mate Shane ‘Shakey' Byrne clocked up some crucial kilometres on the RS3 as the team ironed out technical problems which reportedly cost the British rider over a second from his lap times between qualifying and yesterday's race.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRAN PREMI GAULOISES DE CATALUNYA

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