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Official MotoGP Test gets underway in Qatar

Official MotoGP Test gets underway in Qatar

The 2010 MotoGP riders are together at the Losail International Circuit for the final pre-season Test, and Valentino Rossi has set the fastest time of the opening hour and a half of day one.

The final pre-season MotoGP Test is underway in Qatar and after the opening hour and a half of day one it is reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi who has set the fastest time. The Italian, who has been quickest in the two 2010 Tests to date at Sepang, set a time of 1’56.773 as the action got underway at the Losail International Circuit.

2009 pole position holder and race winner Casey Stoner of the Ducati Marlboro team lapped at just 0.057s off Rossi, with LCR Honda rider Randy de Puniet followed by Loris Capirossi on the GSV-R of the Rizla Suzuki team. The veteran continues to find improving results from the new engine and was just three-tenths of a second off the lead time.

Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Jorge Lorenzo (Fiat Yamaha) were the last two within a second of Rossi, with the remainder of the riders also getting the first feelings of their bikes at the Test.

In the attached video report from the track you can get an update on the lead-up to the Test, with recaps of both Sepang Tests and interviews with the riders, and motogp.com will be bringing you regular reports throughout the remainder of the first day to ensure that you stay up to date with all the news and information.

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MotoGP, 2010

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