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Dovizioso fastest in early going at Jerez

Dovizioso fastest in early going at Jerez

Cold conditions see just over half the MotoGP field out on track before 1pm for first day of Official Test.

One of ten riders to take to the track before 1pm at Jerez, Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso was the fastest man before lunchtime under chilly conditions. Temperatures hovering around 11 degrees Celsius did little to dissuade the Italian from putting in laps onboard his new factory Honda RC212V, with his fastest thus far being a 1´43.948.

Dovizioso is the only rider at present to breach the 1´44 mark, ahead of San Carlo Gresini´s Alex de Angelis and Toni Elias.

2008 MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi is yet to perform his first laps of the two-day test, with both he and Fiat Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo waiting for temperatures to rise. Tech 3 Yamaha, meanwhile, have given their version of the M1 its first runout on Bridgestone tyres, with James Toseland and Colin Edwards amongst the earlier starting of the premier class field.

The all-new Alice Team lineup were in action in the morning, as Mika Kallio and Niccolo Canepa joined Ducati test rider Vittoriano Guareschi in working on their various versions of the Desmosedici. Using the GP9 machine once more was factory team man Nicky Hayden, who was joined in the garage by teammate Casey Stoner for guidance on getting the best out of the `big red bike´. Stoner is sporting a cast following wrist surgery a fortnight ago, and elected to attend the test to oversee the development of the 2009 bike rather than taking an early vacation.

MotoGP Official Test –Jerez: Official Times as of 1pm

1.Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda 1´43.948
2.Alex De Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini 1´44.187
3.Toni Elias San Carlo Honda Gresini 1´44.943
4.James Toseland Tech3 Yamaha 1´44.091
5.Vittoriano Guareschi Ducati Marlboro 1´47.397
6.Mika Kallio Alice Team 1´47.838
7.Yuki Takahashi Scot Racing 1´48.601
8.Colin Edwards Tech3 Yamaha 1´49.779
9.Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro 2´00.519
10.Niccolo Canepa Alice Team 2´12.882

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008

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