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Gibernau fastest on day two as Brno test ends

Gibernau fastest on day two as Brno test ends

Gibernau fastest on day two as Brno test ends

With late afternoon drizzle cutting the afternoon short at the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic this afternoon, Sete Gibernau was the fastest rider on the final day of MotoGP tests there.

The Telefonica Movistar Honda rider spent most of the day testing the new engine parts and exhaust modifications given to him by Honda prior to this weekend, and after setting a best lap of 1'58.526, it looks as though the Spaniard is already beginning to get his new spec machine into shape.

The time set by Gibernau was not faster than Valentino Rossi's best lap yesterday, although with cooler track conditions, the variables were not exactly the same.

Rossi himself set a best time this morning of 1'59.134, although he and his other Yamaha colleagues chose to finish the day early before lunch as they head off for some well-earned rest before the Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal in just over a week's time.

There was a slight crash for Loris Capirossi late on in the day as the clouds closed in on the Brno circuit, but both he and his Ducati team-mate Troy Bayliss reported improved sensations on board their Desmosedici machines.

Nicky Hayden meanwhile had more trouble with his bike, after having missed the afternoon session yesterday when his only remaining machine was out of action with an engine glitch, the American rider suffered more bad luck today as he waited for more work to be done on his bike this afternoon only to succumb to the rainclouds and their untimely delivery.

Best unofficial lap times after two days

1. V. Rossi 1'58.247
2. S. Gibernau 1'58.526
3. C. Edwards 1'58.807
4. L. Capirossi 1'58.960
5. C. Checa 1'59.016
6. M. Tamada 1'59.120
7. T. Bayliss 1'59.145
8. N. Hayden 1'59.313
9. M. Melandri 1'59.413
10. J. Hopkins 1'59.475
11. M. Biaggi 1'59.608
12. S. Itoh 1'59.628
13. S. Nakano 1'59.730
14. A. Barros 1'59.735
15. Kenny Roberts 2'00.311
16. N. Abe 2'00.414
17. G. Lavilla 2'00.694
18. A. Hofmann 2'01.105
19. N. Aoki 2'01.131
20. O. Jacque 2'01.851
21. J. Ellison 2'02.948
22. N. Matsudo 2'04.931

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY

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