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Rossi and Checa continue to impress at MotoGP Official Test

Rossi and Checa continue to impress at MotoGP Official Test

Rossi and Checa continue to impress at MotoGP Official Test

Valentino Rossi was once again the fastest rider at the MotoGP Official Test, with a dominant display at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Yesterday's fastest rider, he took just under twenty minutes to top the table, with his fastest lap at 1pm local time of 1'43.704 putting him first. John Hopkins and the Italian's teammate Colin Edwards joined him as the three fastest riders as of 1pm local time.

Amongst those to take to the track early this morning were Sete Gibernau, Alex Hoffman and Hopkins. Once again it was Rossi who would make his appearance last at the Circuit de Catalunya. Weather conditions were overcast but without rain, the cloudy skies causing temperatures to drop from yesterday on the track.

At just past 1.45pm, Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa crashed out on turn four. The incident left the Spaniard uninjured, but forced him to ride on a second bike for the rest of the session.

With Rossi continuing to ride fast, after 4pm the top spot on the leaderboard was exchanged rapidly between four riders. Colin Edwards set a lap of 1'43.388, but just minutes later saw Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano put in a flying lap of 1'43.245 to snatch the position.

Carlos Checa continued his tremendous preseason by breaking the circuit record at 4.30pm. The Spaniard has been the surprise story of the Official Test, yesterday completing an all-Yamaha top three and today going one better. Fifteen minutes after setting his fastest lap however, Checa saw Rossi breaking the 1'43 second barrier to finish the day first.

Behind the top four of Rossi, Checa, Nakano and Edwards, there were three other riders to lap quicker than 1'44: Sete Gibernau, Randy De Puniet and John Hopkins.

Completing the top ten were the three fastest Honda riders of the day. Official factory rider Nicky Hayden clocked the eighth fastest lap of the day ahead of Makoto Tamada and teammate Pedrosa.

Light rain is predicted for tomorrow, which will be both the final day of the Official Test and the scene of the BMW M Award competition, which starts at 2pm local time and will see the riders compete to earn the fastest lap in a 40 minute session. The winner of this action-packed race against the clock will receive a brand new BMW Z4 M Roadster.

MotoGP Official Test

Times: Day 2

1. Valentino Rossi (Camel Yamaha) - 1'42.477
2. Carlos Checa (Yamaha Tech 3) - 1'43.142
3. Shinya Nakano (Kawasaki Racing) - 1'43.245
4. Colin Edwards (Camel Yamaha) - 1'43.388
5. Sete Gibernau (Ducati Marlboro) - 1'43.784
6. Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki Racing) - 1'43.874
7. John hopkins (Rizla Suzuki) - 1'43.970
8. Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda) - 1'44.029
9. Mika Tamada (Konica Minolta Honda) - 1'44.246
10. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) - 1'44.369

MotoGP, 2006

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