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Testing continues on second night in Qatar

Testing continues on second night in Qatar

Tech3 Yamaha newcomer James Toseland and his experienced American colleague Colin Edwards topped the timesheet four hours into the second groundbreaking night test in Qatar on Friday, both riders making good use of Michelin qualifying tyres to set their hot laps shortly before 9pm local time.

Tech3 Yamaha newcomer James Toseland and his experienced American colleague Colin Edwards topped the timesheet four hours into the second groundbreaking night test in Qatar on Friday, both riders making good use of Michelin qualifying tyres to set their hot laps shortly before 9pm local time.

Toselands best effort of 154.592 is just over four tenths quicker than Valentino Rossis 2007 Grand Prix pole position time of 155.002, with the Englishman being the first to break the 155 barrier - under the Losail International circuit´s newly installed floodlights.

Behind Toseland on the 9pm timesheet (local time) by a 0.872s margin was team-mate Edwards, while Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro), Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) and Jorge Lorenzo (Fiat Yamaha) were also in the top five.

During the first half of the session the track temperature in the Qatar desert was recorded at 21ºC, while the ambient temperature was 16ºC cooler than at most venues during normal daylight sessions during the Grand Prix season.

World Champion Stoner was the last out on the track at 7.40pm local time, setting a quick time on race tyres just three flying laps into his run, before Toseland later upped the pace with a qualifier.

Most riders are dedicating their efforts to tyre testing after quickly acclimatising to the unique riding conditions on Thursday night, and several teams aim to try full race simulations during the final three hours of 2008 preseason testing, in the remainder of the session.

Qatar MotoGP February 2008 night test day two best times as of 9.00pm local time:
1. J. TOSELAND, TECH3 YAMAHA - 1´54.592
2. C. EDWARDS, TECH3 YAMAHA - 1´55.464
3. C. STONER, DUCATI MARLBORO - 1´55.761
4. R. DE PUNIET, LCR HONDA MotoGP - 1´55.907
5. J. LORENZO, FIAT YAMAHA - 1´55.946
6. A. DOVIZIOSO, JiR TEAM SCOT - 1´56.204
7. A. DE ANGELIS, SAN CARLO HONDA GRESINI - 1´56.342
8. C. VERMEULEN, RIZLA SUZUKI - 1´56.383
9. V. ROSSI, FIAT YAMAHA - 1´56.413
10. J. HOPKINS, KAWASAKI RACING - 1´56.612
11. D. PEDROSA, REPSOL HONDA TEAM - 1´56.704
12. S. NAKANO, SAN CARLO HONDA GRESINI - 1´56.792
13. M. MELANDRI, DUCATI MARLBORO - 1´56.902
14. N. HAYDEN, REPSOL HONDA TEAM - 1´56.980
15. T. ELIAS, ALICE TEAM - 1´57.312
16. L. CAPIROSSI, RIZLA SUZUKI - 1´57.332
17. A. WEST, KAWASAKI RACING - 1´57.459
18. S. GUINTOLI, ALICE TEAM - 1´57.497

Race Record: C. STONER - 1.56.528 (2007)
Qualifying Record: V. ROSSI - 1.55.002 (2007)
MotoGP Official Test Day 1: C. STONER - 1.55.330

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MotoGP, 2008

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