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Unproductive post-race test for MotoGP riders in Qatar

Unproductive post-race test for MotoGP riders in Qatar

Following on from Saturday's thrilling MotoGP race at the Losail International Circuit, a selection of riders had put aside their Sunday to carry out some testing at the Qatari track.

Following on from Saturday's thrilling MotoGP race at the Losail International Circuit, a selection of riders had put aside their Sunday to carry out some testing at the Qatari track. However, the 2007 ‘test-curse' returned yesterday, as once again meteorological conditions were far from ideal for developing an 800cc bike.

Gusts of wind reaching 40mph, with an average wind speed of 27mph, meant that riders ran the risk of being blown off their ideal lines at Losail, one of the flattest and most exposed tracks on the MotoGP calendar. Those attempting to put in at least a few laps, including race winner Casey Stoner and World Champion Nicky Hayden, all called a halt to their testing after morning outings. This would leave them without the opportunity to fully analyse either tyre or setup issues.

Nicky Hayden
It was really windy today – so strong that we had to stop early. Though the track had a lot of sand blowing on it the grip wasn't actually too bad. More than anything the wind was pushing the bike around and really quick lap times were hard to set without taking a lot of risks in the fast corners. We waited for some time but it never really cleared up and we didn't want to lead ourselves down the wrong path. So now I'm looking forward to moving on to Jerez for the next race – I want to go there and have some fun. Thanks to the team because I was the one who wanted to stay for this test and, though we couldn't get a whole lot done today, it was worth sticking around."

Casey Stoner
"Despite my win I feel exactly the same as any other day. Obviously the atmosphere in the garage is pretty good and we'll do our best to continue exactly in the same way. Today we had planned some tyre tests but the wind was really too strong. The grip of the track wasn't actually too bad but there wasn't the condition to provide the Bridgestone technicians with useful feedback".

Loris Capirossi
"Today we tried some laps, but it was so windy and we couldn't ride without taking a lot of risks. It's a pity because we had several things to test for Bridgestone. The crash is already behind me and I'm really looking forward to the next race at Jerez".

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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