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More rain for last day of pre-season testing

More rain for last day of pre-season testing

Monday marks the final day of pre-season testing ahead of the 2013 MotoGP™ season. Frustratingly for the teams and riders, more rain has fallen at Jerez which is likely to leave a number of uncertainties heading to Qatar.

Halfway through, following sporadic showers which have characterised the test since Saturday, Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro topped the timesheets with a 1'47.708 lap time. Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa had a completely different idea and has already flown home, as he is happy with his bike and has nothing more to learn in the conditions.

The weather has aggravated most over the course of the three days, although perhaps today more than previously for Yamaha Factory Racing. After Valentino Rossi topped the session on Sunday, he and world champion teammate Jorge Lorenzo had hoped to trial a chassis upgrade today, but full evaluation has not been possible so far.

As only four sets of Wet tyres have been available for the duration of the three-day test, running has been even more limited than it might have been otherwise.

There have been no fallers amid the greasy conditions this morning, although Michael Laverty was forced to park his PBM bike after the rear brake locked up. Álvaro Bautista, who crashed his GO&FUN Honda Gresini yesterday, has been unable to ride because of a knee injury. Only 11 riders have chosen to post lap times thus far.

The final day of pre-season testing concludes at 6pm local time (CET).

See full timesheets for the Jerez MotoGP™ test.

MotoGP, 2013

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