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Rain brings Valencia test to early close

Rain brings Valencia test to early close

Rain brings Valencia test to early close

The MotoGP and 250cc teams who stayed on at Valencia for several days of tests were forced to pack up early on Thursday after light rainfall in the afternoon. Only Nicky Hayden ventured out onto the Ricardo Tormo circuit in the wet and, after setting the fastest time of the day in the dry, reported positive feedback from his first test session with a new look technical team.

"I know that this season did not live up to expectations and I am thankful to Honda for keeping faith with me," said Hayden, who signed a new deal with the factory HRC squad just a couple of days ago and today lapped two tenths under the lap record with a time of 1'33.1.

"I believe I have the talent to do well in this championship but it has taken me time to adjust and I feel I have a lot more to offer. Now I have this chance I'm determined to make it count and I will be up there fighting at the front in every Grand Prix next season. I'm already counting down the days to the first race at Jerez."

Valentino Rossi, fastest yesterday in the first test with the 2005 version Yamaha M1, did not lap today although his new team-mate Colin Edwards completed 33 laps and got his lap time down to 1'33.9. Also at Yamaha, Toni Elías continued his mission of clocking up as many kilometres as possible on the MotoGP machine, completing 44 laps and setting an impressive best time of 1.35.1.

Ducati riders Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa continued with the first stage of their 2005 preseason preparations. Capirossi got his first taste of the evolution version of the Desmosedici this morning after it had been used by tester Vittoriano Guareschi yesterday.

The Desmosedici, fitted with a series of electronic modifications, is still at a prototype stage and Capirossi completed 28 laps, mainly aiming to obtain the right feeling with the new components which are being tested by the Italian rider for the first time. Capirossi, who mainly focussed on providing Ducati Corse engineers with feedback and suggestions, set a quickest time of 1'34.8.

Checa continued his learning curve with the bike and the team and completed 40 laps, the best being 1'33.7. MotoGP testing continues for several teams at Jerez at the end of November.

Unofficial lap times

1. Nicky Hayden (Honda) – 1'33.1 - 40 laps
2. Max Biaggi (Honda) – 1'33.4 - 46 laps
3. Sete Gibernau (Honda) – 1'33.7 – 38 laps
4. Carlos Checa (Ducati) – 1'33.7 - 40 laps
5. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) – 1'33.9 - 33 laps
6. Loris Capirossi (Ducati) – 1'34.8 - 28 laps
7. Toni Elías (Yamaha) – 1'35.1 - 44 laps
8. Marcelino Lucchi (Aprilia) – 1'36.4 - 25 laps

MotoGP, 2004

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