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Rossi only rider without laps in pre-lunch MotoGP outing

Rossi only rider without laps in pre-lunch MotoGP outing

MotoGP testing begins at Circuito de Jerez with tricky conditions.

Less-than-ideal track conditions at the Circuito de Jerez on Saturday morning divided the MotoGP field into two camps: those choosing to brave a wet track and scattered showers, and those all but writing off the early session.

Eighteen of the nineteen MotoGP riders expected to undertake laps went round the Spanish track before 1pm local time, with World Champion Valentino Rossi the notable absentee. The Fiat Yamaha rider should leave his work until after lunch, although the clouds may not have said their final words just yet.

Just over half the riders had put their lap totals up to over ten before the clock struck one, although the fastest man on track has just five against his name; Loris Capirossi taking the Rizla Suzuki GSV-R round in 1’42.717 before returning to the garage.

Behind him, James Toseland was two-tenths of a second down after performing twenty-five laps, with Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and Hayate rider Marco Melandri rivaling the Briton for zeal by also breaking the twenty-lap mark.

Former MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner had performed just three laps before 1pm.

MotoGP, 2009

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