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MotoGP Test underway at Valencia

MotoGP Test underway at Valencia

No sooner has the 2011 season finished and the premier class teams and riders are back on track testing for the 2012 season…

The Ricardo Tormo circuit was filled with the noise of 1000cc engines on Tuesday morning when the MotoGP field began the two-day Official Test, as preparations for the 2012 season continued.

Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, who have both previously tested Repsol Honda’s new machine, led the way in terms of lap times with the Australian setting a 1’32.779 and his team-mate just 0.160s behind as they pushed on with the development of the RC213V, aided by test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi.

Valentino Rossi was on track testing an experimental GP12 with a perimetral chassis, and he worked away on the progress of the Desmosedici, completing 38 laps by 2pm.

Ben Spies continued his work on the 1000cc Yamaha M1 having previously tested at Brno and Misano, and Andrea Dovizioso got his first taste of the machine as he makes the switch from Honda to the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team in 2012. The Italian’s new team-mate Cal Crutchlow also had his first contact with the increased capacity bike.

Héctor Barberá, confirmed on Monday as a Pramac Racing rider for next season, was riding with his new team, and Randy de Puniet had turned a couple of laps on the 2011 Suzuki GSV-R by 2pm. The team, who is testing only today, handed the Frenchman the opportunity to ride the bike and gain his perspective on its potential. Álvaro Bautista, who rode with the team this season, is currently discussing his options for 2012 and is present at the track.

Moto2 World Champion Stefan Bradl took in his first laps on a premier class machine, riding LCR Honda’s 800cc RC212V, and there were three CRT machines out on track. Iván Silva, testing an Inmotec, Carmelo Morales on a Suter frame with a BMW engine, and Gianluca Nannelli on Italian factory Gapam’s effort.

MotoGP, 2011

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