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Rainy final session brings MotoGP preseason to a close

Rainy final session brings MotoGP preseason to a close

Only half the MotoGP field returned to the track in Jerez on Sunday afternoon, following heavy rainfall.

Rainfall at the Circuito de Jerez meant that the MotoGP Official Test came to a progressive end rather than a sudden stop, and left Casey Stoner’s BMW M Award-winning lap as the fastest time recorded over the final weekend of preseason.

The Ducati Marlboro man was one of the vast majority of riders concluding work after the 45-minute timed session, with little chance of improving lap times or gathering useful data on a wet track. His 1’38.646 lap made him the only rider to go round in under the 1’39 mark, with even reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi some three-tenths of a second from breaking the barrier.

The fastest laps of the weekend came during the showpiece session, with the riders pulling out all the stops in search of the quickest time. Only nine regular riders returned for the third outing on track, namely Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda), Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda), Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro), Niccolo Canepa & Mika Kallio (Pramac Racing), Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki), Marco Melandri (Hayate Racing) and Yuki Takahashi (Scot Racing).

A full report of the BMW M Award session can be found here, along with results of the shootout.

MotoGP, 2009

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