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Testing draws to an end in Sepang

Testing draws to an end in Sepang

Testing draws to an end in Sepang

The MotoGP test held at Sepang came to an end on Wednesday after a day of mixed weather conditions. In the morning rain forced the riders to switch to wet weather tyres, but the track improved quickly and was completely dry by the afternoon.

Briton James Ellison was the first rider to take to the track riding the Dunlop-shod Yamaha M1 for the Tech 3 team. Other riders who lapped in the wet included Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa, Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano and Randy de Puniet and Australian riders Casey Stoner and Chris Vermeulen, although the latter didn't test the Suzuki GSV-R '06 prototype as previously planned as his team-mate John Hopkins indicated that it required further development.

All the riders made it out on to track in the afternoon with Yamaha's Colin Edwards having the opportunity to test the new version of the YZR-M1 on which Valentino Rossi has worked for the past two days. However, Rossi was unable to complete a race simulation on Wednesday as had been scheduled and the MotoGP World Champion now heads to Japan to visit Yamaha Motor's headquarters before flying back to Europe.

Marco Melandri, one of the fastest riders at the three-day test at Sepang and Honda's best-placed rider in last season's World Championship, revealed that he was looking forward to testing the latest evolution of the Honda RC211V which should be available when testing resumes in late January.

Lap times:

1. Dani Pedrosa - Honda, 2'02.77
2. Nicky Hayden - Honda, 2'02.79
3. Marco Melandri - Honda, 2'02.86
4. Shinya Nakano - Kawasaki, 2'02.93
5. John Hopkins - Suzuki, 2'03.10
6. Carlos Checa - Honda, 2'03.39
7. Colin Edwards - Yamaha, 2'03.61
8. Casey Stoner - Honda, 2'03.70
9. Valentino Rossi - Yamaha 2'03.85
10. Toni Elias - Honda, 2'03.95
11. Randy du Puniet - Kawasaki, 2'04.27
12. Chris Vermuelen - Suzuki, 2'04.50
13. James Ellison - Yamaha, 2'05.00

MotoGP, 2005

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