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MotoGP preseason rolls on with three days at Phillip Island

MotoGP preseason rolls on with three days at Phillip Island

After three days of testing under the intense heat of the Malaysian sun last week, the packed preseason schedule continues for the majority of the MotoGP grid as they head to Phillip Island in Australia from Tuesday January 30th.

After three days of testing under the intense heat of the Malaysian sun this week, the packed preseason schedule continues for the majority of the MotoGP grid as they head to Phillip Island in Australia from Tuesday January 30th.

Thus far, Suzuki and Yamaha have been the frontrunners with the 800cc bikes which make their introduction to the World Championship in 2007. John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen have carried on their blistering pace on the GSV-RR800 available to them since November, with the Anglo-American in particular standing out by topping the timesheets on the first two days in Malaysia. As a large number of teams undertook race simulations on the final day, five times World Champion Valentino Rossi put in the fastest time of the test to edge out Hopkins. Rossi will be one of eight riders to miss the test in Australia, with Yamaha, Kawasaki and Ilmor choosing to skip the journey down under. The two Japanese factories have started well in 2007, whilst the latter are the only team not to have tested this year. The three days in Australia will be another chance for the MotoGP teams to develop their bike-tyre combinations, and Honda are sure to come out swinging after failing to top the standings at Sepang. The Japanese factory's big guns Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa will both be continuing their work on the RC212V alongside a number of satellite teams. Ducati's Desmosedici GP7 will be put through its paces once again, courtesy of the factory team and the d'Antin satellite outfit. Alex Barros was third fastest on day two in Sepang, adding further intrigue as to the development stage of the Italian factory's latest bike. Temperatures in Phillip Island are forecast at around 25 degrees celsius, a welcome respite from the intense heat and humidity of Malaysia. Rain is not expected to fall during the test, which could prove invaluable as the teams attempt to put more kilometres on the clocks of the 800cc prototypes. The World Championship's official website motogp.com will have in-depth footage, news and interviews from the Australian test.

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MotoGP, 2007

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