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First test for the 2006 MotoGP Academy

First test for the 2006 MotoGP Academy

First test for the 2006 MotoGP Academy

The MotoGP Academy held a test session at the Valencia circuit on Sunday with 22 candidates from eight countries attending. Youngsters from Spain, France, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Australia and Japan all had the opportunity to demonstrate their potential, hoping to be selected to form the 2006 MotoGP Academy line-up .

The day began with a briefing in which the team managed by Alberto Puig presented the schedule for the day, before the riders were split into three groups who lapped for 20-minute sessions. The MotoGP Academy instructors then selected ten riders for a second testing session in which they were afforded a further 15 minutes to try and catch the eye.

The MotoGP Academy was created at the beginning of the year by Dorna Sports, the MotoGP World Championship rights holder, as a training project for promising riders, giving them the opportunity to learn their trade in the 125cc Spanish Championship before moving up to the GP scene. This year, the MotoGP Academy allowed Briton Bradley Smith to explode on to the Spanish scene, taking second overall after securing three consecutive victories in the last three rounds of the season.

MotoGP, 2005

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