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Teams stay put for post-GP Jerez testing

Teams stay put for post-GP Jerez testing

The entire 2008 MotoGP field, with the exceptions of Tech 3 Yamaha riders Colin Edwards and James Toseland, will remain in the south west of Spain overnight on Sunday with important post-GP test work to be carried out at the Jerez de la Frontera track.

The entire 2008 MotoGP field, with the exceptions of Tech 3 Yamaha riders Colin Edwards and James Toseland, will remain in the south west of Spain overnight on Sunday with important post-GP test work to be carried out at the Jerez de la Frontera track.

Rizla Suzuki are intending to test for two full days with both riders, while a number of teams, including Ducati Marlboro, Alice Team, Honda Gresini, JiR Team Scot and LCR Honda will test on Monday only.

Fiat Yamaha are still to make a decision on whether testing will be required for them beyond Monday, while Repsol Hondas Nicky Hayden normally a permanent fixture on any available test date may surprisingly also leave early, with his Chief Mechanic Pete Benson stating that they do not have a great amount of material to be testing at the current time. Jerez race winner Dani Pedrosa, however, is expected to be present on Tuesday.

Hayden returns to the US this week ahead of an event at the newly laid-out Indianapolis circuit, where the 2006 World Champion has the honour of riding the first lap on the updated track next weekend.

In the absence of Tech 3 meanwhile, Yamaha and Michelin will gather data with French test rider William Costes, who will work with Toselands MotoGP crew.

For Kawasaki, Anthony West and Olivier Jacque will be present on Monday and Tuesday, with the still recuperating John Hopkins only testing on Monday as he continues to rehabilitate his damaged groin muscle. Team Green are expected to give Hopkins the opportunity to test the screamer engine they are developing and which made an appearance at Sepang in January.

More news on Kawasakis screamer engine tests will feature on motogp.com on Monday.

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