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Australian washout alters MotoGP teams´ test plans

Australian washout alters MotoGP teams´ test plans

Australian washout alters MotoGP teams´ test plans

The second day of MotoGP tests in Australia has been disrupted by the rain that has been falling on the Phillip Island circuit since this morning. The washout obliged the teams to carry out a session geared towards wet weather tyre tests and evaluations of their new bikes´ responses to the difficult track conditions.

After the second half of the day´s testing the state of the asphalt had improved, a situation utilised by riders and teams to try out mixed rubber compounds, but a downpour in the final part of the day practically forced the conclusion of testing.

Being as it was, the adverse climate cut short the session and reduced drastically the number of laps and kilometres covered. Some riders, such as Sete Gibernau, didn´t ride at all. The Spaniard watched the track and stayed in the box all day in preference to taking unnecessary risks on the GP06. His teammate Loris Capirossi only racked up ten laps in order to evaluate the Bridgestone compounds.

Randy de Puniet, one of the riders to complete the most laps on the second day of testing, suffered a fall which forced him to take to his second bike. He escaped without injury.

Some teams didn´t even note down their times due to the little value they placed on the rain-soaked test. The forecasts indicate a swift improvement for the third and final day of the Phillip Island Test, but the risk of heavy showers continues.

MotoGP, 2006

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