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All eyes on Ducati and Honda developments in Monday test

All eyes on Ducati and Honda developments in Monday test

The majority of the MotoGP field will be testing at the Circuit de Catalunya on Monday with a Desmosedici GP9 prototype and the updated RC212V pneumatic valve motor set to feature in proceedings.

After Dani Pedrosa´s blazing home victory at the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya on Sunday he and his Repsol Honda colleague Nicky Hayden will get a chance to test the updated RC212V pneumatic valve engine from HRC on Monday, as they look to further enhance the competitiveness of their race package.

Pedrosa is hoping for some extra top-end power as he pushes for the title while Hayden has recently commented that he feels the pneumatic valve version of the engine is more suited to the 2008 RC212V chassis, having tested that combination over the winter with moderate success.

Elsewhere in the Catalunya paddock, Ducati will be testing a prototype GP9 with test rider Vito Guareschi, before letting Casey Stoner and Marco Melandri get a first taste of the bike if early feedback from Guareschi is satisfactory.

Olivier Jacque will be present testing for Kawasaki, though `Team Green´ have left aside the `screamer´ engine project for now as they concentrate on trying to improve the competitiveness of the current Ninja ZX-RR. The injured John Hopkins and his team-mate Anthony West will test on Monday only, while several teams, such as Alice Team, Ducati Marlboro, Repsol Honda and Rizla Suzuki are scheduled to test on Tuesday too.

The Suzuki test work will be undertaken by Chris Vermeulen after Loris Capirossi injured his right hand in Sunday´s race and will now face a battle to be fit for Donington in two weeks´ time.

Valentino Rossi is only expected to stay for a half day on Monday with little new material to add to the currently competitive looking Yamaha M1-Bridgestone package, whereas his Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo must continue to rest-up following a heavy blow to the head on Friday.

MotoGP, 2008

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