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MotoGP newcomers on track at Valencia

MotoGP newcomers on track at Valencia

All three of the riders moving up to MotoGP from 250cc in 2008 had their first extensive test with an 800cc machine this week, getting to grips with their new machines at the beginning of what will be an intense adaptation process to prepare for the upcoming season.

All three of the riders moving up to MotoGP from 250cc in 2008 had their first extensive test with an 800cc machine this week, getting to grips with their new machines at the beginning of what will be an intense adaptation process to prepare for the upcoming season.

Quarter-litre World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest of the MotoGP debutants, and was the centre of attention on Tuesday as he made his first public appearance onboard the Michelin-shod Fiat Yamaha. The Spaniard, whose only previous experience of the bike was a three-lap trial run in Almeria, clocked a fastest lap of 133.588 in Valencia.

The entire top three in the 2007 250cc World Championship make the move up to the premier class for 2008, the remaining two having satellite Honda RC212Vs at their disposal. Andrea Dovizioso will ride for the newly-formed JiR Team Scot collaborative effort, and was 14th fastest with a 133.991 lap - quicker than that put in by predecessor Shinya Nakano on the same bike during the Gran Premio bwin.com de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Alex de Angelis racked up similar times on the Gresini Honda machine with which he makes his 800cc debut, putting in a mammoth 84 lap stint in Spain.

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MotoGP, 2007

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