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New Sepang surface provides thrills and spills

New Sepang surface provides thrills and spills

There were mixed reactions from the MotoGP riders as they got their first experience of the resurfaced Sepang track during the Friday practice sessions at the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

There were mixed reactions from the MotoGP riders as they got their first experience of the resurfaced Sepang track during the Friday practice sessions at the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Overnight rain meant there was still moisture on track in the earlier run-out, while a midday downpour added to the fun as the riders, teams and tyre suppliers assessed the new asphalt, which was laid in May - three months after MotoGPs pre-season practice visit.

While Kawasakis Randy de Puniet had no complaints as he topped the timesheets, Fiat Yamaha pair Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards in particular found the going tough, lacking front end grip as they both lapped well of the pace. Konica Minolta Hondas Shinya Nakano suffered a crash in each session and there was plenty of slipping and sliding from the rest of the grid.

De Puniet Kawasaki colleague Ant West, who was fifth fastest today, told motogp.com: Some sections have new track and a little bit of old track so its slippery. The track is really inconsistent. On some corners you have lots of grip and on others a little bit less. It should get better as rubber is laid down over the weekend, but at the moment its not perfect.

Meanwhile, fourth quickest rider Dani Pedrosa added: Well weve tried the new asphalt and well see if it gets better because its still very dirty and the tyres werent working so well so we will see.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX

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