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Poor weather hinders Monday MotoGP testing

Poor weather hinders Monday MotoGP testing

Almost the entire 2007 MotoGP grid stayed on in Jerez following Sunday's Gran Premio de España to complete a full, but rainy day of testing on their 800cc prototypes.

Almost the entire 2007 MotoGP grid stayed on in Jerez following Sunday's Gran Premio de España to complete a full, but rainy day of testing on their 800cc prototypes.

Following the opening two events of the season there is now a four week gap before the Grand Prix of Turkey on 22nd April, during which time the teams will continually assess the data they have collected thus far in 2007.

Indeed there will be no testing after Jerez before the teams head to Turkey, and then move on to China for the fourth race of the year early in May.

Those Grands Prix take place on two technically challenging and specifically demanding tracks - so of course with the riders and their MotoGP teams setting such high standards for themselves every minute of testing is vital to the evolution of their bikes and to the assessment of which tyre compounds will allow them to perform at an absolute maximum.

However, the weather hindered the teams during Monday's proceedings with rain and low temperatures meaning that the times achieved and the work carried out will not have been quite what was desired by those who remained in southern Spain after a busy weekend.

Ever the perfectionist Valentino Rossi remains in search of greater power from his Yamaha machinery, something on which he commented yesterday despite leading the World Championship standings, having taken 45 points from a possible 50 thus far. But he, like most of the other riders on track today, was lapping approximately ten seconds off yesterday's race pace, so it remains to be seen how much he and his counterparts will have learned.

Unfortunately the forecast is for more rain tomorrow, the last day of testing in Jerez, which may cause further frustration for Tuesday's participants.

As always, the man willing to put in the hours to achieve success - which he certainly did last season - World Champion Nicky Hayden was the rider completing most laps today, 67 in total.

The fastest riders were Kawasaki's French pairing of Olivier Jacque and Randy de Puniet, while John Hopkins was not present after another tumble from his Suzuki GSV-R800 during Sunday's race and persistent pain in his injured right wrist.

Loris Capirossi was another absentee as left Jerez to join his wife who is due to give birth this week, while his Ducati Marlboro team-mate Casey Stoner will reportedly leave tonight to spend a few days in Monte Carlo before heading home to prepare for Turkey in his native Australia.

Official test times from Monday's session:
1. Olivier Jacque (Kawasaki) 1'51.422 (52 laps)
2. Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki) 1'51.502 (59)
3. Chris Vermeulen (Suzuki) 1'51.536 (27)
4. Kenny Roberts Jr (KR-Honda) 1'51.567 (30)
5. Casey Stoner (Ducati) 1'51.736 (21)
6. Carlos Checa (Honda) 1'51.827 (44)
7. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1'51.899 (41)
8. Alex Barros (Ducati) 1'52.129 (36)
9. Toni Elias (Honda) 1'52.198 (56)
10. Shinya Nakano (Honda) 1'52.212 (53)
11. Nicky Hayden (Honda) 1'52.637 (67)
12. Marco Melandri (Honda) 1'52.842 (45)
13. Alex Hofmann (Ducati) 1'52.904 (55)
14. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 1'53.104 (36)
15. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1'53.240 (51)
16. Silvain Guintoli (Yamaha) 1'55.992 (44)
17. Makoto Tamada (Yamaha) 1'57.917 (38)
18. Akiyoshi Kousuke (Suzuki) 1'58.635 (36)
19. Vittoriano Guareschi (Ducati) 2'00.291 (33)

MotoGP, 2007

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