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Rain brings premature end to Valencia test

Rain brings premature end to Valencia test

Rain brings premature end to Valencia test

The second day of the MotoGP and 250cc test session at Valencia proved something of a wash-out due to the heavy rain that fell overnight on the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Cheste. Despite the fact that the rain was only infrequent on Thursday itself, only a few teams decided to continue their work and go out on the sodden Valencian track.

Nicky Hayden was one of the riders who did decide to head out on his bike. After waiting for the circuit to dry out in the morning, he managed to complete a total of 46 laps and tried a number of wet tyres. By contrast, his new team-mate, and centre of attention yesterday, Dani Pedrosa decided to hold fire and wait to continue his adaptation to Honda's MotoGP machine until the team's next test at Sepang, Malaysia at the end of the month.

Vittoriano Guareschi, Ducati's test rider, Sukuzi's new signing Chris Vermeulen and Spanish 250 riders Jorge Lorenzo and Hector Barbera were the only other riders to attempt to make use of the second day. Australian Vermeulen expressed his frustration at the conditions, but insisted there would be plenty of other occasions for him to get used to his new mount.

"We were only able to do three laps this morning because the track was pretty dangerous, if you wanted to go fast it was really risky and there was every chance you would have fallen," Vermeulen stated. "The main difference I noticed from the other MotoGP bike I have ridden was the tyres, but I'm not worried because we still have many tests to get used to the Bridgestones." The Australian will head to Britain tomorrow with the intention of continuing his adaptation to his new bike and team at the team's headquarters.

Randy De Puniet will also be heading to the UK tomorrow, the Frenchman is set for a stringent medical set up by his new team, Kawasaki Racing.

Most team decided to pack up early and write off the second day because of the conditions even though the track did improve slightly later in the day.

MotoGP, 2005

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