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There was plenty of action today at the Valencia circuit, on and off the track, as the Spanish venue hosts the first test session of the winter. The conditions were far from ideal, with cold temperatures, strong winds and rain by midday.
Repsol Honda’s newcomer Dani Pedrosa began his adaptation process to the 4-stroke machine, mainly making position adjustments and lapping cautiously to get a hold of the 240 bhp bike.
“This day allowed me to get a first contact with bike, see how the team works, how’s the bike, the tyres. This track is well-suited to discover a new bike, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens on faster tracks,” said Pedrosa. “The gap between 250 and MotoGP is much bigger than between 125 and 250. It’s a steep learning curve, the bike is much faster and you have to be very careful.” More Spanish riders made their debut on a new machine after changing teams: Sete Gibernau rode for the first time on the Ducati Demosedici, clocking thirty two laps, while Toni Elias racked in thirty four laps on the Fortuna Honda RC211V.
Former Ducati man Carlos Checa also had his first run on Honda machinery, but crashed after only three laps. He underwent medicals at the Clinica Mobile and at the Valencia hospital, but didn’t suffer any serious injury.
Alongside him in the Honda Pons garage, Australian youngster Casey Stoner completed his first laps on a MotoGP machine, as he’s likely to team up with Checa in the Spanish team next season.
Another Australian rookie was on track: Suzuki’s new signing Chris Vermeulen, who rode for Camel Honda at Phillip Island and Istanbul.
Honda had also invited 125cc World Champion Thomas Lüthi, and 250cc Rookie of the Year Andrea Dovizioso to test the RC211V.
1. Nicky Hayden, Honda - 1'34.4 / 53 laps
2. Marco Melandri, Honda - 1'34.7 / 8
3. John Hopkins, Suzuki - 1'34.9
4. Casey Stoner, Honda - 1'35.0 / 69
5. Carlos Checa, Honda - 1'35.1 / 33
6. Sete Gibernau, Ducati - 1'35.2 / 32
7. Daniel Pedrosa, Honda - 1'35.5 / 62
8. Toni Elías, Honda - 1'35.7 / 34
9. James Ellison, Ducati - 1'35.7 / 74
10. Roberto Rolfo, Ducati - 1'35.7 / 55
11. Nobuatsu Aoki, Suzuki - 1'35.8 / 41
12. Olivier Jacque, Kawasaki - 1'35.9 / 32
13. Chris Vermeulen, Suzuki - 1'36.3
14. Randy De Puniet, Kawasaki - 1'36.5 / 58
15. Loris Capirossi, Ducati - 1'36.8 / 17
16. Andrea Dovizioso, Honda - 1'39.5 / 27
17. Thomas Luthi, Honda - 1'44.2 / 27
Anyone notice how fast Hopkins is? Half a second behind Hayden... Gues she knew something we didnt when he resigned with Suzuki
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