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MotoGP and 250 tests come to close at Valencia

MotoGP and 250 tests come to close at Valencia

MotoGP and 250 tests come to close at Valencia

Several 250 teams joined MotoGP's Shinya Nakano and Shane Byrne at the Valencia circuit today, as they completed the second of two days testing at the Spanish track. With weather conditions sunny since first light, riders were disappointed that the ground temperature was so cool after clear skies and chilly conditions overnight. This meant that work did not get under way until late into the morning, with the first real laps being put in somewhere around 11:30am.

The MotoGP riders were both testing new versions of their bikes; Nakano on Kawasaki's new ‘big-bang' version of their inline-four racer, whilst Byrne continued to get a feel for the brand new KTM powered Proton-KR. Having lost the most of the morning, they both continued working through the usual lunch hour, with Nakano going on to make two 10-lap stints in the afternoon, with positive results. Byrne had a small front-end crash at turn three at around 3:30pm, provoking a small fire, and this sent the team back to the pit garage for the rest of the day.

Nakano was impressed with the results his Kawasaki team have garnered so far, "I am much happier with the big-bang version of the engine, and I have already asked the engineers if it will be possible to use this for the first race of the year in Jerez, we will wait and see if it can be done. The bike has performed well at Sepang, Jerez and now Valencia, so I think we are making good progress. The ten laps together showed me also that the Bridgestone tyres are going well, so I'm happy leaving here now."

Meanwhile, the 250 teams were also back out testing today, the Honda riders continuing work with their new machines for 2005. Champion Dani Pedrosa piled the pressure on the other riders early on in the year, with a lap time eight-tenths of a second quicker than his pole position lap here in November. Team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama had a couple of crashes, with the 250 debutants Jorge Lorenzo and Hector Barbera getting closest to Pedrosa's lap-time, but still over half a second behind their flying compatriot.

Unofficial lap times supplied by teams

1. Nakano - Kawasaki : 1'34.5 (73 laps)
2. Byrne – Proton KR-KTM : 1'36.1 (35)

1. Pedrosa – Telefonica Movistar Honda : 1'35.5 (80)
2. Lorenzo – Fortuna Honda : 1'36.0 (87)
3. Barbera – Fortuna Honda : 1'36.3 (93)
4. Dovizioso – Kopron Team Scot : 1'36.5 (60)
5. Aoyama – Telefonica Movistar Honda : 1'36.8 (72)
6. Debon – Wurth Honda BQR : 1'36.8 (60)
7. Takahashi – Kopron Team Scot : 1'37.1 (60)
8. Guintoli – Equipe GP de France : 1'38.0 (80)
9. Sekiguchi – Campetella Racing : 1'38.9 (40)
10. Baldolini – Campetella Racing : 1'38.9 (33)
11. Rous – Wurth Honda BQR : 1'39.2 (75 )
12. Heidolf – Castrol Kiefer Honda Racing : 1'40.0 (68)

MotoGP, 2005

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