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MotoGP riders wake up to rainy morning in Jerez

MotoGP riders wake up to rainy morning in Jerez

The weather at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit has taken a decided turn for the worse overnight, with dark skies and rain dominating the skyline in the undulating Andalucian hills on Sunday morning.

The weather at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit has taken a decided turn for the worse overnight, with dark skies and rain dominating the skyline in the undulating Andalucian hills on Sunday morning.

Although the riders may not pour out of their pit-boxes at the 10am session start, the conditions provide an opportunity to test full wet weather set-ups for the 2008 MotoGP grid and the test riders present from Ducati and Kawasaki.

Rain affected races at Donington Park and Le Mans last season and the well renowned wet specialists such as Anthony West (Kawasaki), Chris Vermeuelen (Rizla Suzuki) and Marco Melandri (Marlboro Ducati) may be more enthusiastic about the day ahead than some of their MotoGP colleagues.

For riders recovering from injuries such as John Hopkins (Kawasaki) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) the water on track is, of course, not such good news especially given Hopkins recent groin tear was picked up at a slippery Phillip Island at the end of January in what was an otherwise mainly dry pre-season.

Meanwhile, the likes of Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro), Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) and Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda) will be pushing hard for the BMW Z4 M Roadster prize whatever conditions they face when this afternoons 40 minute qualifying lap showdown kicks off at 2.05pm local time.

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MotoGP, 2008

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