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Biaggi remains in control as action intensifies at MotoGP Official Test

Biaggi remains in control as action intensifies at MotoGP Official Test

Biaggi remains in control as action intensifies at MotoGP Official Test

Max Biaggi launched another late time attack on his rivals at the end of the second day of action at Catalunya on Saturday to continue his dominance of the MotoGP Official Test. Having waited until the final lap of the session to post the decisive lap on Friday, Biaggi struck slightly earlier today but still left it late as a host of Honda rivals battled for supremacy in the setting spring sunshine.

"Other pieces of the puzzle are fitting into place," reflected Biaggi. "The final picture is of an RC211V which works at every circuit. Today we confirmed different solutions we've been working on during the winter. We went out onto the track with new parts in the chassis and suspension geometry. I think it is important that we have clear ideas about the job we have to do, but we still have a lot of work ahead."

The day was dominated by the Japanese factory's riders, with Sete Gibernau and Marco Melandri also making their presence felt for long spells at the top of the time sheets. In fact, the top five times were set by Honda riders today, with Gibernau and Melandri third and fourth fastest respectively after Alex Barros had briefly held top spot before being demoted to second by Biaggi. Nicky Hayden completed the top five, with Yamaha's Colin Edwards the fastest non-Honda in sixth place.

Edwards' team-mate Valentino Rossi, the reigning World Champion, continued to encounter problems today with the set-up of his YZR-M1 machine and could only finish with the ninth fastest time, over a second adrift of Biaggi, despite lapping right up until track closure at 6pm.

Makoto Tamada made it six Hondas in the top seven whilst John Hopkins showed signs of improvement from Suzuki ahead of their official presentation tonight as he lapped eighth quickest. Hopkins' team-mate Kenny Roberts completed the top ten ahead of Kawasaki rider Shinya Nakano and Ducati's Loris Capirossi.

The MotoGP Official Test reaches its climax tomorrow, when the fastest rider from a 40-minute televised session starting at 14.00h will drive away in a brand-new BMW Series 1 car as the prize for the BMW Award.

MotoGP, 2005, Max Biaggi

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