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Lorenzo fastest in morning test session at Estoril

Lorenzo fastest in morning test session at Estoril

Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo (Yahama Factory Racing) led at the midway point of the MotoGP official test session held at the Portuguese circuit, following yesterday’s race. The test is split into two parts: 10.00 -13.00 and 14.00-18.00 local time. Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) were second and third quickest respectively.

On a gloriously warm day in Estoril, Lorenzo was the first rider to appear on track in the morning session. The reigning MotoGP World Champion’s quickest lap of the morning session was 1’37.170 which was 0.240s ahead of Edwards. The Spaniard was concentrating on new electronic components and working on the suspension of his factory M1 machine. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider worked on the race setting from yesterday, as did Stoner. Edwards and his team were also trying to find more traction from modifications on the chassis.

Estoril race winner Dani Pedrosa called an early halt to his test session after only completing a few laps. The Spaniard tried a new clutch and worked on the race setting of his factory RC212V, but was in too much pain to continue and will now rest in the lead up to the next MotoGP race in Le Mans. Pedrosa was fifth fastest, just over half a second slower than Lorenzo’s fastest lap.

The third Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso was fourth fastest and, like his team-mate Stoner, continued work on the race setting. Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and his crew worked on a different set-up to improve his riding style, as well as working on the chassis and electronics. The British rider was sixth after the first session, just over half a second off Lorenzo. Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) was seventh and concentrated on new settings for the clutch, whist his fellow San Carlo Honda Gresini Team rider Hiroshi Aoyama spent time on improving the race setting and changes to the electronics, with the target of not completing too many laps to save the engine.

The leading Ducati was that of Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) who was eighth, with his team mate Valentino Rossi tenth. Both the Ducati riders were testing two types of chassis and doing comparative runs, one bike with the chassis from yesterday’s race and one bike with the modified chassis (for each rider). They also worked on new electronic components.

Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) finished the test early after riding for the first time this weekend following six weeks out after breaking his femur. After completing the race in 13th yesterday, the Spaniard worked on improving the feeling with the bike and the suspension. Suzuki test rider Nobuatsu Aoki has taken over for the afternoon session to work on the electronic settings.

Ben Spies of the Yamaha Factory Racing team was ninth and tested a new swingarm and new suspension components. Loris Capirossi (Pramac Racing) was another rider working on improvements to the race settings, whilst Toni Elías (LCR Honda) took the opportunity to work on many elements of the bike, including chassis geometry, suspension, braking stability and increasing the heat into the tyres. Rookie Karel Abraham (Cardion ab Motoracing) who was suffering from pain in his elbow following his first lap crash in the race, found he was being hindered also by his injured fingers, worked on trying to find more grip in the rear tyre and improve the general race setting.

There were two absentees from today’s test in Estoril. Héctor Barberá (Mapfre Aspar Team) who crashed out of the MotoGP race yesterday sustained a damaged vertebrae from an awkward landing on his back and the Clinica Mobile advised against riding. Randy de Puniet (Pramac Racing) who only recently had the screws taken out of his leg after breaking it at the Sachsenring last season, also opted against taking part. The Frenchman has already left Portugal and is returning to Nice to have medical tomorrow regarding the situation with his recovering leg.


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