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MotoGP class gets Mugello test underway

MotoGP class gets Mugello test underway

A selection of premier class riders including Championship leader Casey Stoner are testing their prototypes at the circuit on Monday, with Marc VDS rolling out the 2012 Suter machine for its latest assessment.

Following Round 8 of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship at Mugello over the weekend the majority of the premier class was again on track at the circuit, starting the official Test at 10am local time on Monday.

By the time the riders broke for the midway one-hour interval at 1.30pm local time Andrea Dovizioso was the fastest of the 11 who had been out on track, the Repsol Honda rider’s effort of 1’48.271 taking him to within just over two-tenths of a second of team-mate Casey Stoner’s pole lap from Sunday’s race.

Current Championship leader Casey Stoner (+0.126s on Dovizioso) and San Carlo Honda Gresini rider Marco Simoncelli (+0.238s) made it an all-Honda top three as they kept close tabs on Dovizioso, with Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) the final rider under 1’49”. The Czech rider highsided going through turns six and seven just after 1pm.

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa wrapped his day up just before 1pm having ridden 25 laps and still feeling the physical after-effects of his first race back. Randy de Puniet (Pramac Racing), Héctor Barberá (Mapfre Aspar), Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) are all on track on Monday as well.

Sylvain Guintoli is testing the Pramac Racing Ducati with a view to filling in for Loris Capirossi at Sachsenring if the Italian still has not recovered from injury, and Mika Kallio had completed 20 laps on the developing Marc VDS Suter 1000cc prototype by 1.30pm with a best time of 1’55.183.

A full end of day report will appear on shortly after the scheduled close of track at 6pm local time.


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