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MotoGP teams put in extra hours at Le Mans

MotoGP teams put in extra hours at Le Mans

MotoGP teams put in extra hours at Le Mans

The MotoGP schedule was once again hit by bad weather on Monday, as the rain and wind hindered and in some cases ruined the day of testing planned for a number of premier class teams in Le Mans.

With rain falling throughout the morning it wasn't until the afternoon that the bulk of the riders decided to take to the French track. In contrast, Dani Pedrosa focused specifically on testing in the wet to gain valuable experience in tricky conditions onboard the RC211V.

"I went out in the wet, and once more in the dry, but we had to stop due to the wind and the cold. There have been constant changes with rain, dry periods, a little bit of sunshine and clouds, but always with a strong wind, which made things difficult," commented the Repsol Honda rider.

Casey Stoner and Carlos Checa put in the fastest times of the day, with World Championship leader Nicky Hayden in third.

The American explained that "It was worth our time sticking around and I'm quite happy with how the day went to be honest with you - I had a good feeling out there. Conditions weren't just great, but we did what we could with the wind and in between all the debris blowing across the track. We needed a street sweeper out there a few times. Still, we took advantage when the conditions were good and tried to work through a few things – mainly some different settings, nothing major, just some stuff that should give us a bit of help."

Camel Yamaha were without a doubt the team most eager to test at the Bugatti Circuit, and they tried out various new electronic components, Michelin compounds and fine tunings for the M1. Colin Edwards had his first chance to try out the new chassis used by Valentino Rossi last weekend.

Team Manager Davide Brivio was happy with Edwards' reaction to the chassis, commenting that "He really liked it and took a big step up, just as Valentino did over the weekend. In Mugello we will have one bike with the new chassis and another with the old one. Valentino will have two bikes equipped with the new chassis. It works well and the team is ready to win races."

Brivio added that "in relation to the problem in the race, our Japanese engineers are trying to work out what went wrong. We hope that this is the end of our bad luck. The test has been positive and we know that we will be competitive in the races yet to come."

Test Le Mans
Unofficial times

1. Casey Stoner - Honda LCR 1' 35.83
2. Carlos Checa - Tech 3 Yamaha 1'35.83
3. Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda 1'36.46
4. Colin Edwards - Camel Yamaha 1'36.49
5. Shinya Nakano - Kawasaki Racing 1'36.53
6. John Hopkins - Rizla Suzuki 1'36.70
7. James Ellison - Tech 3 Yamaha 1'36.77
8. Valentino Rossi - Camel Yamaha 1'36.84
9. Sete Gibernau - Ducati Marlboro 1'37.66
10. Olivier Jacque - Kawasaki Racing 1'37.46
11. Toni Elías - Fortuna Honda 1'37.96
12. Chris Vermeulen - Rizla Suzuki 1' 38.50
13. Alex Hofmann - Pramac d'Antin Ducati 1' 40.32
14. Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda 1' 49.00

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE

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