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Action-packed January commences 2008 activity

Action-packed January commences 2008 activity

Despite the fact that the MotoGP test embargo period affects all but 13 days of this calendar month, January 2008 still has plenty in store as the teams present their latest machines and make the most of their first testing opportunities of the year.

Despite the fact that the MotoGP test embargo period affects all but 13 days of this calendar month, January 2008 still has plenty in store as the teams present their latest machines and make the most of their first testing opportunities of the year.

MotoGP World Championship winning team Ducati Marlboro fittingly open the year with their traditional Wrooom presentation at the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort. The Italian slopes will welcome international media and the Ducati factory team for the official unveiling of the Desmosedici GP8, with World Champion Casey Stoner and new team-mate Marco Melandri taking centre stage at an event taking place throughout the week commencing January 7th.

Following on from Ducatis official presentation, Fiat Yamaha will also be unveiling their new machine for 2008 in Turin. The factory team, who line up five-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi and reigning 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo on the grid this season, will be pulling off the covers of the eagerly-awaited Yamaha M1 development in Turin on January 18th.

Said 800cc machines, alongside the remainder of the bikes confirmed for the 2008 season, will be on-track for the first time this year at the Malaysian circuit of Sepang on January 22nd, when testing resumes after the winter ban. Returning after operations will be the likes of 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden, Pramac dAntin newcomer Toni Elias and Kawasakis Anthony West, whilst the man-to-beat Stoner is scheduled to return to action for the first time since his crash on the penultimate day of testing in Jerez.

Eight teams are provisionally listed for further rides as January moves into February, with a second test taking place in Phillip Island, Australia, from January 30th. A favourite track for MotoGP testing, it was the circuit chosen by Suzuki for a private test at the end of November with home rider Chris Vermeulen and new addition Loris Capirossi.

The lower cylinder categories also kick into gear this month, and provide a plethora of novelties as riders debut with their new teams and machines. With the publication of the FIM entry list at the end of 2007, the destination of some of the names hanging in the air have now been confirmed, and there will be some eager young riders revving their engines on January 24th at the Circuito de Jerez. An additional three-days in Valencia rounds off the month for the 125cc and 250cc riders.

A multitude of activities are on the cards for the first month of 2008, and information from all events can be found, of course, on motogp.com.

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