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Rain arrives as forecast at Shanghai

Rain arrives as forecast at Shanghai

On the third, final and most important day of the Pramac Grand Prix of China the rain has arrived as forecast.

After wet weather arrived overnight the Sunday morning warm-up sessions in the three respective World Championship classes will see some frantic work from the teams at the Shanghai International circuit, as they try to get their riders as comfortable as possible on wet tyres at the fourth round of season.

Having worked exclusively on dry set-ups throughout the weekend thus far in China, the teams now have to switch focus to dealing with the tricky conditions, with little relevant data and only the experience of previous visits to Shanghai in the rain – such as the inaugural visit to the track in 2005 – to go by.

On that occasion three years ago it was Valentino Rossi who took victory in heavier rain than has been experienced today at the Far Eastern venue, and with the Italian having looked confident in free practice and second on the grid he will be confident that he can produce the goods on Bridgestone´s strong wet or wet-drying tyres.

Rossi´s former team-mate and fellow Yamaha rider Colin Edwards will be looking to make an impression from pole, while Casey Stoner gets away from third on the grid and proved last year with victory in China - and nine other wins - en route to the MotoGP title that he is capable of taking maximum points in any circumstances.

The wet track will be a further complication for MotoGP´s star rookie so far this year, Jorge Lorenzo, who of course rides through the pain barrier with his injured ankles from fourth on the grid, while his compatriot Dani Pedrosa will be right on his shoulder and looking to capitalise on any errors in front of him from his fifth place starting position.

Though the rain was still falling shortly before the opening 125cc warm-up session there have been predictions that it may stop and the track could start to dry out before racing commences, though it seems likely that at least some moisture will still be present on track in the afternoon.

The 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP Chinese contests commence at 12 midday, 1.15pm and 3pm respectively local time, with all the action covered live on motogp.com.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, PRAMAC GRAND PRIX OF CHINA

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