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MotoGP action resumes at Valencia

MotoGP action resumes at Valencia

MotoGP action resumes at Valencia

Just three days after the last round of the 2005 MotoGP World Championship, the Ricardo Tormo circuit will stage the first two-day test of the winter on Wednesday providing the first chance to see many newcomers and riders who changed teams for 2006.

The main attractions will be Dani Pedrosa's debut with the Repsol Honda team and Sete Gibernau's first run on the Ducati Desmosedici. After spending the last three years on Honda machinery with the Gresini team, and finishing runner-up in 2003 and 2004 championships, Gibernau will begin a new challenge by joining the resurgent Ducati Marlboro team.

His compatriot Dani Pedrosa, the most talked about 'Rookie of the Year' candidate since Valentino Rossi's move to the premier class, has already had a small taste of MotoGP action last year as he got the opportunity to have a short run on the RC211V after clinching his first title in the quarter-litre class. However, tomorrow will be his first proper test session on the 240 bhp machine, although the young Spaniard got to meet his new team today.

Sito Pons' Honda satellite team could also take part in the test with Spanish veteran Carlos Checa and Aussie hotshot Casey Stoner riding although the future of both riders is still unclear at the moment. Frenchmen Olivier Jacque and Randy de Puniet will test for Kawasaki, while the D'Antin Pramac team have announced a three rider line-up for the test of James Ellison, José Luis Cardoso and Roby Rolfo.

MotoGP, 2005

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