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Melandri and Hayden paid back for hard work

Melandri and Hayden paid back for hard work

Melandri and Hayden paid back for hard work

The last official test of the pre-season, held last weekend at Jerez, highlighted the recent progress of two youngsters of the MotoGP class, Nicky Hayden and Marco Melandri.

A quick look at the test summary following the three-day test indicates that the American and the Italian – with the fastest overall times – completed the greatest number of laps.

During the weekend, Melandri clocked 238 laps, the equivalent of 1052,6km or the distance of almost nine Grands Prix, and Hayden was only eight laps short of his Honda colleague's mileage.

Behind the two young guns, the riders who lapped the most were Troy Bayliss, Toni Elias and Colin Edwards - three riders who had to adapt to new bikes during the pre-season – with 221, 219 and 217 laps respectively.

During the test several riders lost track time due to crashes and other technical glitches. However, some significant differences in the number of laps between each rider also indicates differences between each team testing menu. For example, Suzuki's John Hopkins was consistently one of the fastest riders of the test, but only clocked 147 laps.

However, the value of the work carried out during the winter will only be confirmed next week with the opening round of the 2005 season, which will also take place at Jerez… This time the premier class aces will only have 27 laps to make a difference on their rivals.

Number of laps completed:

1. Marco Melandri (Honda) - 238 laps
2. Nicky Hayden (Honda) - 230
3. Troy Bayliss (Honda) - 221
4. Toni Elias (Yamaha) - 219
5. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) - 217
6. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) - 205
7. Alex Barros (Honda) - 202
8. James Ellison (WCM) - 192
9. Shinya Nakano (Kawasaki) - 190
10. Loris Capirossi (Ducati) - 189
11. Max Biaggi (Honda) - 187
12. Makoto Tamada (Honda) - 185
13. Alex Hofmann (Kawasaki) - 179
14. Nobuatsu Aoki (Suzuki) - 159
15. Sete Gibernau (Honda) - 157
16. Ruben Xaus (Yamaha) - 152
17. Shane Byrne (KR-KTM) - 152
18. Kenny Roberts (Suzuki) - 151
19. Franco Battaini (WCM) - 149
20. John Hopkins (Suzuki) - 147
21. Vittoriano Guareschi (Ducati) - 143
22. Roberto Rolfo (Ducati) - 122
23. Kazuki Shimizu (Kawasaki) - 26

MotoGP, 2005, Nicky Hayden, Marco Melandri

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