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Dry track puts Ducati Marlboro back on top in Phillip Island

Dry track puts Ducati Marlboro back on top in Phillip Island

Dry track puts Ducati Marlboro back on top in Phillip Island

After yesterday´s washout, in which several teams decided against taking part in the Australian Test, the dry track allowed for a far more productive session today.

As in Sepang, the Ducati Marlboros put a full stop on the final leaderboard with a quick one-two. Sete Gibernau- who decided against riding the previous day- clocked a time of 1'30.06. Teammate Loris Capirossi added to his ten laps from yesterday with a full session, going round in 1´30.25.

Marco Melandri put the track to the most use, and this was reflected in his 1´30.55 fastest time. He completed 117 laps of the Australian circuit.

Nicky Hayden crashed out in the afternoon, after completing 95 laps. After the incident, in which he suffered a blow to the head without serious implications, he drew his session to a close due to the state of the Repsol Honda bike.

Kenny Roberts Jr, riding the KR Honda of his father´s team, was testing a new chassis, and came in eighth overall. Newcomer Dani Pedrosa cut four tenths of a second off his first day time, after experiencing his first fall from a MotoGP bike yesterday.

Unofficial Times: Phillip Island Day 3

1. Sete Gibernau - Ducati Marlboro 1'30.06 - 102 laps
2. Loris Capirossi - Ducati Marlboro 1'30.25 - 97
3. Marco Melandri - Fortuna Honda 1'30.55 - 117
4. Shinya Nakano - Kawasaki Racing 1'30.65 - 61
5. Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda 1'30.95 - 95
6. Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda 1'31.10 - 96
7. Casey Stoner - LCR Honda 1'31.21 - 80
8. Kenny Roberts jr - KR Honda 1'31.64 - 70
9. Randy de Puniet - Kawasaki Racing 1'31.77 - 81
10. Makoto Tamada - Konica Minolta Honda 1'31.87 - 74
11. Toni Elías - Fortuna Honda 1'32.18 - 69
12. Alex Hofmann - d'Antin Ducati 1'32.4 - 43
13. Jose Luis Cardoso - d'Antin Ducati 1'32.4

MotoGP, 2006, Ducati Marlboro Team

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