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Vermeulen tops test timesheet in Turkey

Vermeulen tops test timesheet in Turkey

Vermeulen tops test timesheet in Turkey

A busy testing session for the MotoGP riders who remained at Istanbul Park on the day after the Grand Prix of Turkey resulted in Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermuelen topping an unofficial timesheet after several hours of solid work.

Vermuelen has clearly been unbothered by his involvement in a multiple collision in Sunday's race as he got back on his bike to collect a creditable 11th place and some valuable World Championship points in the Grand Prix and was the man on the pace in Monday's test session.

All three of the other riders who were caught up in that crash, Olivier Jacque (Kawasaki Racing), Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), Colin Edwards (Fiat Yamaha) missed the test session with injuries of various levels of severity sustained in the incident. Japanese rider Shinya Nakano (Konica Minolta Honda) also missed the session.

At enjoyable track to ride most riders simply used the session to gather data for their teams and tyre suppliers at a venue where the new 800cc bikes had not been officially tested before Friday's practice day.

One man needing development time on his new prototype is World Champion Nicky Hayden who is the first to admit he has not yet found his feet in the new 800cc era. The ever diligent 25-year-old American was again the hardest working man testing at the Turkish track, completing a mammoth 106 laps of the demanding 5.340km circuit - a mere four laps shy of five full race distances – on his RC212V Honda.

Hayden's best lap time of 1'53.85s was set on race tyres and marked an improvement of 0.5s over his fastest lap from the Turkish race.

Unofficial results can be seen below although not a huge amount of analysis can be read into time comparisons, as certain riders only used race tyres and others used qualifiers to pull out flying laps.

Unofficial lap times - number of laps completed in brackets:

1 Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki) 1'53.1s Q (68)
2 Alex Barros (Pramac D'Antin Ducati) 1'53.2s Q (65)
3 Toni Elias (Honda Gresini) 1'53.3s (74)
4 Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro) 1'53.3s Q (42)
5 Marco Melandri (Honda Gresini) 1'53.4s Q (85)
6 John Hopkins (Rizla Suzuki) 1'53.5s (68)
7 Loris Capirossi (Ducati Marlboro) 1'53.6s Q (52)
8 Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki Racing) 1'53.6s (52)
9 Carlos Checa (LCR Honda) 1'53.6s Q (27)
10 Makoto Tamada (Dunlop Yamaha Tech3) 1'53.7s
11 Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda) 1'53.8s (106)
12 Kenny Roberts Jr (Team Roberts) 1'53.9s (84)
13 Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) 1'54.0s (66)
14 Alex Hofmann (Pramac D'Antin Ducati) 1'54.2s (32)
15 Sylvain Guintoli (Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3) 1'54.5s (68)

(Q = qualifying tyre)

MotoGP, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Chris Vermeulen

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