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News, 13/02/06

Preseason continues for the MotoGP teams, with a three day date in Sepang starting tomorrow. It will be February´s final test, with next month´s Official Catalunya Test to follow at the beginning of March.

The majority of the premier class teams will gather at the Malaysian circuit, as the preparation and fine tuning ahead of the 2006 season takes shape. Honda, Ducati, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki all return to work after a busy schedule, one which started in Sepang and in some cases took in Australia and Qatar.

According to results obtained so far, and also the opinion of motogp.com users, the two strongest teams at the moment are Ducati Marlboro and Camel Yamaha. The Italian outfit´s two riders-Sete Gibernau and Loris Capirossi- clocked the fastest times of January´s Malaysian Test, although Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards showed the power of the new M1 last week in Losail.

The meeting will also be a chance to check Marco Melandri´s form, as well as that of promising youngsters Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa on the RC211V. Suzuki MotoGP will be looking to solve any remaining problems with the new GSV-R after John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen suffered interruptions in the previous two tests.

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Day 1: Randy 7th, Shinya 15th

News, 14/02/06

Under intense heat of around 45 degrees on the track, the teams present at the Sepang Test started their first session at the circuit promptly this morning. This decision was taken to avoid working in the even fiercer midday sun.

At 4pm local time there was rainfall which affected the final period of the test. Some riders decided against taking to the track again.

At mid-morning a fall from Italian rider Marco Melandri led to him riding his second bike, which he took round in 2´01.66, the fastest time of the day (having ridden 74 laps)

Australian Casey Stoner was still feeling the ill-effects of his shoulder injury (suffered last week practicing at Phillip Island) and only carried out laps during the morning. The rookie then went to hospital in order to undergo x-rays, the results of which are still not known.

In big news from the Test, Dani Pedrosa used the session for his first outing on the 2006 RC211V -the same bike used previously by the rest of the Honda riders- and tried out the full livery and a new tyre. It was another impressive showing for the Spaniard, who was second fastest of the day with a 2´01.89 lap.

The Yamaha prototypes continued to experience problems with chattering, both Colin Edwards (2´02.00) and Valentino Rossi (2´02.20) completing 54 laps on the M1.

The Ducati Marlboro riders were lower down the field than in previous tests, Sete Gibernau suffering a gearbox glitch. He went out on the second bike but soon after returned to the box when the rain fell. Tomorrow he and teammate Loris Capirossi will focus on testing the chassis, electronics and tyres.

Sepang Test Day 1 Unofficial Times

1. Marco Melandri - Fortuna Honda 2'01.66
2. Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda 2'01.89
3. Colin Edwards - Camel Yamaha 2'02.00
4. John Hopkins - Suzuki MotoGP 2'02.15
5. Valentino Rossi - Camel Yamaha 2'02.20
6. Loris Capirossi - Ducati Marlboro 2'02.64
7. Randy de Puniet - Kawasaki Racing 2'02.75 :clap
8. Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda 2'02.86
9. Carlos Checa - Yamaha Tech 3 2'03.40
10. Casey Stoner - LCR Honda 2'03.40
11. Sete Gibernau - Ducati Marlboro 2'03.51
12. Toni Elías - Fortuna Honda 2'03.52
13. Kenny Roberts - KR211V 2'03.58
14. Makoto Tamada - Konica Minolta Honda 2'03.66
15. Shinya Nakano - Kawasaki Racing 2'04.02 :headscrat
16. Chris Vermeulen - Suzuki MotoGP 2'04.10
17. Alex Hofmann - d'Antin Ducati 2'05.40
18. Jose Luis Cardoso - d'Antin Ducati 2'05.81
19. James Ellison - Yamaha Tech 3 2'05.90

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Camel Yamaha run well despite M1´s chattering



Camel Yamaha run well despite M1´s chattering
News, 14/02/06

Camel Yamaha´s riders where once again in the top half of the lap time table on the first day of tests in Sepang, once again showing themselves to be in good form.

Colin Edwards, third fastest of the day, was very pleased with the return to Malaysia, at a circuit which he says allowed him to fine tune his M1 comfortably. Teammate Valentino Rossi also spoke about the improvements carried out on the bike and his preseason development, but also indicated that the M1´s chattering problem had returned. It was particularly evident in the large bends of the Sepang Circuit, but the reigning World Champion still rode the fifth fastest lap.

Motogp.com offers an exclusive interview with both Yamaha riders, in which they analyse this first day of testing.

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Stoner facing anxious wait for scan results

News, 14/02/06

Casey Stoner faces an anxious wait before finding out the extent of the shoulder injury that ruled him out of most of the first day of tests at Sepang on Tuesday. Stoner withdrew after twenty three laps of the Malaysian circuit, complaining of increasing discomfort in his right shoulder when changing direction on his Honda RC211V machine – a problem he believes may have been picked up during his physical training programme last week.

After an initial examination by the circuit doctors the Australian rookie was sent to hospital for x-rays, which revealed no bone damage. However, the results of further scans aimed at determining potential ligament damage will not be available until Wednesday morning, leaving Stoner uncertain as to whether he will require surgery and his participation in the remainder of the test hanging in the balance.

“I’m not sure exactly what the injury is but it became clear after a few laps that something was wrong and it just continued to get worse,” explained the 20-year-old, who clocked an impressive best time of 2’03.40 despite the discomfort.

“Right now the shoulder feels a lot better, but I’m not sure how much of that is to do with the medication so I’ll just try and get some rest tonight and keep my fingers crossed for tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll be back on the track as soon as possible because we have a lot of work to do before the start of the season.”

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Dam* that sucks......hope he gets better and kick's some more arse!!!!
 
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