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Bayliss quickest on wet first day at Valencia

Bayliss quickest on wet first day at Valencia

Bayliss quickest on wet first day at Valencia

Troy Bayliss continued his impressive adaptation to the Honda RC211V with the quickest time on a wet first day of tests at Valencia. With his replacement at Ducati, Carlos Checa, just a couple of doors down pit-lane, Bayliss worked alone in the Camel Honda garage as his team-mate Alex Barros' return from a shoulder injury was postponed until tomorrow.

Nicky Hayden also lapped without an injured team-mate, with Max Biaggi still ruled out with a broken ankle, and Makoto Tamada completed his first laps on Michelin's wet tyres as the only rider in the Konica Minolta Honda team.

It was also Checa and Capirossi's first chance to try out the Bridgestone rain tyres but Checa revealed that conditions were not ideal.

"The truth is that I can't make too much of an evaluation of the new tyres because the track was never completely wet - the rain was intermittent," said Checa. "Hopefully we have good weather tomorrow so that we can compare the results with the first time I rode here on the Ducati."

In the 250cc class Fortuna Honda pair Jorge Lorenzo and Héctor Barberá were joined on track by factory colleague Andrea Dovizioso.

Unofficial lap times:

Troy Bayliss – Camel Honda : 1'47.47 (24 laps)
Carlos Checa – Ducati Marlboro : 1'48.14 (24 laps)
Loris Capirossi – Ducati Marlboro : 1'48.56 (26 laps)
Nicky Hayden – Repsol Honda : 1'48.61 (26 laps)
Régis Laconi – Ducati Marlboro : 1'51.48 (26 laps)
Makoto Tamada – Konica Minolta Honda : no lap time given

MotoGP, 2004

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