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Action concludes ahead of winter testing ban

Action concludes ahead of winter testing ban

Action concludes ahead of winter testing ban

Three days of tests for a host of MotoGP World Championship teams concluded on Wednesday bringing an end to all track action for 2005 ahead of the traditional winter testing ban, which runs from December 1st to January 20th 2006 inclusive. Representatives from Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki were at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia taking advantage of the last opportunity before the enforced inactivity.

MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi was the fastest rider over the three days at Sepang as Yamaha rolled out their 2006 version YZR-M1 machine for the first time. The Italian clocked an unofficial best time of 2'02.61 on the second day of the test, some three tenths of a second inside the current official lap record of 2'02.993 held by Nicky Hayden, before a spell of morning rain prevented any hope of improvements on the final day.

A handful of new challengers to Rossi's MotoGP dominance got their first true taste of life alongside the Italian in Malaysia with 250cc World Champion Dani Pedrosa and his former quarter-litre rival Casey Stoner racking up the laps aboard Honda RC211V machines while ex-World Superbike star Chris Vermeulen got to grips with his new Suzuki GSV-R. Frenchman Randy de Puniet, another rider who competed in the 250 class last season, also completed his first full test on board the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR, whilst Briton James Ellison took hold of the Tech3 team's Yamaha M1 at the test on Dunlop tyres.

Preseason testing for the majority of MotoGP teams will resume at Sepang on January 23rd.

Lap times:

1. Valentino Rossi – Gauloises Yamaha 2'02.61
2. Marco Melandri – Fortuna Honda 2'02.65
3. Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda 2'02.77
4. Toni Elías – Fortuna Honda 2'02.78
5. Nicky Hayden – Repsol Honda 2'02.79
6. Shinya Nakano – Kawasaki Racing 2'02.93
7. Colin Edwards – Gauloises Yamaha 2'02.94
8. Carlos Checa – Honda Pons 2'02.96
9. John Hopkins – Suzuki MotoGP 2'03.10
10. Casey Stoner – Honda Pons 2'03.56
11. Randy de Puniet – Kawasaki Racing 2'04.27
12. Chris Vermeulen – Suzuki MotoGP 2'04.5
13. James Ellison – Yamaha 2'05.00

MotoGP, 2005

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