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Barros tops timesheets on day one at Phillip Island

Barros tops timesheets on day one at Phillip Island

There has been no respite for the MotoGP teams since the lifting of the winter testing ban. After last week's near full house of premier class outfits testing at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia, the 800cc machines were put through their paces once again at Australia's Phillip Island Circuit.

There has been no respite for the MotoGP teams since the lifting of the winter testing ban. After last week's near full house of premier class outfits testing at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia, the 800cc machines were put through their paces once again at Australia's Phillip Island Circuit.

More or less all those who undertook last week's test were present at this second test of 2007. Factory Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards, and Kawasaki's French duo of Randy de Puniet and Olivier Jacque being notable exceptions. Also electing to skip the Antipodean date were the Ilmor team, who tested this weekend in Almeria with rider Andrew Pitt. Herve Poncharal's Yamaha Tech 3 team will also be absent from each of this week's sessions as they work closely with Dunlop on their tyre development.

Echoing his speedy performance last week at Sepang, Alex Barros topped the standings on the Pramac d'Antin Desmosedici GP7. The Brazilian put in a time of 1'30.60 at the Australian track, traditionally a strong circuit for Ducati.

Only a tenth of a second slower, the Italian duo of Gresini Honda's Marco Melandri and Ducati Marlboro's Loris Capirossi were hot on Barros' tail, completing an all-Bridgestone top three.

Reigning premier class World Champion Nicky Hayden continued to put miles on the clock of the Honda RC212V, focusing his day's work mainly on bike settings. As always, the Kentucky Kid put in the hard graft, with his 81 laps the highest number undertaken by any rider on day one. He was just above team-mate Dani Pedrosa on the timesheets, with Ducati factory and satellite riders Casey Stoner and Alex Hofmann completing a top seven all under a second slower than Alex Barros' fastest lap.

For the first time in pre-season, Rizla Suzuki dropped down the standings. The team had been leading the way during last week's Malaysian visit, but ninth-placed John Hopkins was their fastest rider on day one in Australia, just behind Carlos Checa and ahead of Kenny Roberts Jr.

All riders were able to go about their business relatively untroubled by the weather in the morning session, although the sky clouded over in the early afternoon and the arrival of rain at 4pm drew the day's events to a slightly early conclusion.

Phillip Island MotoGP Test: Day One
Unofficial Times
1. Alex Barros- Pramac d'Antin Ducati-1'30.60s
2. Marco Melandri-Gresini Honda 1'30.70s
3. Loris Capirossi-Ducati Marlboro Team 1'30.70
4. Nicky Hayden-Repsol Honda Team 1'31.18
5. Dani Pedrosa-Repsol Honda 1'31.29
6. Casey Stoner-Ducati Marlboro Team 1'31.40
7. Alex Hofmann-D'Antin Ducati 1'31.50
8. Carlos Checa - LCR Honda 1'31.80
9. John Hopkins-Rizla Suzuki 1'31.80
10. Kenny Roberts Jr -Team Roberts Honda 1'31.90
11. Toni Elias - Gresini Honda 1'32.00
12. Chris Vermeulen - Rizla Suzuki 1'32.00
13. Shinya Nakano -Konica Minolta Honda 1'32.23

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, Alex Barros

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