New to motogp.com?Register here

Tickets purchase
VideoPass purchase

Stoner quickest in early Jerez rain

Stoner quickest in early Jerez rain

World Champion Casey Stoner was the fastest rider on track on the second morning of the MotoGP Official Test as rain arrived in the Andalucian hills and allowed the teams and riders to give their wet race trims a run-out at Jerez.

World Champion Casey Stoner was the fastest rider on track on the second morning of the MotoGP Official Test as rain arrived in the Andalucian hills and allowed the teams and riders to give their wet race trims a run-out at Jerez.

The riders stopped for lunch and to make their final preparations for this afternoon's BMW 40-minute qualifying lap showdown shortly before 1pm, after Stoner's team-mate Marco Melandri crashed on the slippery surface and the red flag was shown. The Italian was not injured and will continue to participate today.

Winner in the rain at Donington Park en route to the MotoGP title last year, Stoner topped the timesheet with a lap of 1'51.427 with the last of his 28 laps, whilst his compatriot Chris Vermeulen – another 2007 wet race winner at Le Mans last season – was second fastest.

Nonetheless Vermeulen's Rizla Suzuki team are ruing the missed opportunity to test in dry conditions due to their comparative lack of Jerez data, with their Team Manager Paul Denning commenting: "The rain is not really that helpful when you are testing. Yesterday was a bit of a difficult day for us so we really needed more dry testing time to take the next step along. I'm sure Chris will try to be competitive this afternoon, but whatever happens in that session it won't really help us with preparing for the first race in Qatar."

Behind Stoner and Vermeulen on the timesheet were Andrea Dovizioso (JiR Team Scot), Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda) and James Toseland (Tech 3 Yamaha) in the top five, while Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) was seventh.

Hayden's injured team-mate Dani Pedrosa is not expected to participate in the qualifying lap session, deciding that the opportunity to win a BMW Z4 M Roadster is not worth the risk in the rain given his physical condition and the closeness of the season's commencement in Qatar on 9th March.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008

Other updates you may be interested in ›