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Final MotoGP test of 2007 next week in Jerez

Final MotoGP test of 2007 next week in Jerez

MotoGP riders will be back on-track next week for a final test before the December embargo, heading to Jerez for three days of action in the south of Spain.

MotoGP riders will be back on-track next week for a final test before the December embargo, heading to Jerez for three days of action in the south of Spain.

Whilst many of the new features for 2008 have already been revealed in tests at Valencia and Sepang, there will still be plenty of interest in the happenings in Jerez.

All eyes will be on Valentino Rossi, making his first appearance on Bridgestone tyres, alongside new Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, who of course rides on Michelins on the other side of the pit-box partition.

Rossi was unable to participate in the opening winter tests due to fractures in his right hand sustained at the final race of 2007 in Valencia, but will hope to be back at something akin to full strength for his return to Spain.

‘The Doctor' will have a slight warm up for the test in the form of some four-wheel action, taking part in the 2007 Monza Rally Show this weekend. From there Rossi will join the majority of the MotoGP field in putting in their final laps of the year, as of Tuesday.

Whilst the Italian is the only member of the confirmed 2008 line-up not to have tested at all since the Valencia race, some additional riders chose to skip the fly-away excursion to Sepang for last week's three-day stint.

The Ducati Marlboro team of World Champion Casey Stoner and Marco Melandri are expected to try out the Desmosedici GP8 for the first time in Jerez, and there is sure to be a gathering of mechanics from the paddock outside the garage straining for a sneak peek of Filippe Preziosi's latest prototype.

Last year's second place finisher Dani Pedrosa, another Sepang absentee, will rejoin team-mate Nicky Hayden for more work on the Honda RC212V. The young Catalan Repsol Honda rider elected against putting in laps in Malaysia, owing to a time deficit for implementing what he deemed necessary changes to the 2008 machine.

The only teams to have drawn 2007 to an early close are Rizla Suzuki, d'Antin Ducati and Team Roberts. Suzuki are awaiting what Team Manager Paul Denning has described as a ‘big step' with the GSV-R800's engine in January, whilst Team Roberts are still to confirm the nature of their package for 2008.

Yamaha Tech 3 rider James Toseland, a rookie in MotoGP in 2008, had a whole host of new adaptations to make in Sepang. By contrast, the Briton has actually ridden a MotoGP bike at the Jerez circuit as a guest test rider for Ducati, albeit a 990cc in 2004.

Kawasaki's Anthony West is expected to ride despite having suffered some heavy arm bruising in a Sepang crash, and has been present at the NEC bike show in Birmingham alongside Toseland this week.

Testing in Jerez begins on Tuesday November 27th, concluding on Thursday 29th. In an ominous sign, the rain in Spain was falling mainly on those wanting to test at the Circuito de Jerez earlier this week, with the 125cc and 250cc contingent missing an entire day on Tuesday due to wet conditions.

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