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Nakano tops the Sepang Test leaderboard on day 2 :clap
News, 15/02/06

Kawasaki Racing´s Shinya Nakano put in the fastest lap of the day at the second session in Sepang. A hot and sunny day (although with more comfortable riding temperatures than yesterday), a heavy downpour towards the end of the session once again brought the action to a close, but not before the Japanese rider had clocked a lap of 2´01.80.

The time was an improvement of nearly three seconds on the Kawasaki rider´s first day time, and is the fastest time so far at the Malaysian circuit.



The Ducati riders had mixed fortunes today, with Loris Capirossi again riding fast with a 2´01.87 lap whilst teammate Sete Gibernau only went round 17 times. These few laps were a result of the Spaniard´s suffering from a stomach complaint. Today´s session was, according to interviews given yesterday, focused mainly on tyres and electronics.

Suzuki MotoGP rider John Hopkins continued his impressive return to a circuit which he confessed to not having enjoyed at the last Test in January. He improved on his previous time and went round in 2´01.90. Suzuki have previously experienced problems with the electronics which have made testing a difficult experience, but Hopkins´ form seems to suggest that these have been ironed out.

Another recurrent problem has been chattering on the M1 for the Camel Yamaha team. Valentino Rossi indicated yesterday to motogp.com that the problem was particularly prominent on the large bend of the Sepang track, but today he managed to improve his time by over three tenths. Teammate Colin Edwards was slower than yesterday, but still finished seventh fastest.

Carlos Checa and Dani Pedrosa continued their impressive preseason form, both Spaniards finishing in the top six. Checa improved on yesterday´s time by over a second, and is showing no ill-effects from last week´s concussion suffered at Phillip Island.

The first day´s fastest rider Marco Melandri suffered another fall, but his previous fastest lap remains a signal of his and the Fortuna Honda´s speed and good form.

Sepang Test: Day 2

Unofficial Times

1. Shinya Nakano – Kawasaki Racing 2’01.80 – 32 laps :clap
2. Loris Capirossi – Ducati Marlboro 2’01.87 – 50
3. Valentino Rossi – Camel Yamaha 2’01.89 – 47
4. John Hopkins – Suzuki MotoGP 2’01.90 – 44
5. Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda 2’01.93 – 50
6. Carlos Checa – Yamaha Tech 3 2’02.06 – 57
7. Colin Edwards – Camel Yamaha 2’02.20 – 57
8. Randy de Puniet – Kawasaki Racing 2’02.37 – 42 :)
9. Makoto Tamada – Konica Minolta Honda 2’02.56 – 51
10. Toni Elías – Fortuna Honda 2’02.62 – 41
11. Marco Melandri – Fortuna Honda 2’02.65 – 38
12. Sete Gibernau – Ducati Marlboro 2’02.87 – 17
13. Nicky Hayden – Repsol Honda 2’02.93 – 53
14. Kenny Roberts jr. - KR211V 2’02.95 – 47
15. Chris Vermeulen – Suzuki MotoGP 2’03.18 – 46
16. Alex Hofmann – d’Antin Ducati 2’04.23 – 25
17- Jose Luis Cardoso – d’Antin Ducati 2’04.65 – 29
18. James Ellison – Yamaha Tech 3 2’04.65 - 29

Source: MotoGP website
 

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Rain again affects the Sepang Test

News, 15/02/06

Just like the Crowded House song, the MotoGP teams seem to be taking the weather with them during the preseason. After a surprise downpour affected various sessions in Australia, and the light rain which cut short yesterday´s first day in Sepang for many teams, once again meteorological conditions caused the teams to return to the boxes today.

At around 3pm local time a storm hit the Malaysian circuit and drew the session to a premature end. Such was the strength of the adverse weather that it flooded the pit lane and meant that riders and team members sought refuge inside. Until the spectacular storm the day had again been sunny and hot, although with less ferocity than yesterday.

Notable in his absence from the second day of testing was Casey Stoner, who wasn´t on the bike today and will also miss Thursday´s session. The Australian will fly home tomorrow to visit his trusted doctor, in order to examine the injured shoulder which caused him to retire from yesterday´s session at midday.

Yesterday´s fastest rider Marco Melandri suffered another fall today, one that had no serious repercussions. Another Honda rider, Nicky Hayden, completed a couple of laps on the Repsol Honda RC211V prototype worked on yesterday by HRC test rider Tadayuki Okada.

Source: MotoGP
 

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Vermeulen continues to adapt to MotoGP

News, 15/02/06

Chris Vermeulen continues to undergo a process of adaptation to MotoGP, this week testing in Sepang. The Suzuki MotoGP rider has benefited from the noticeable improvements made to the GSV-R in Sepang, adjustments evidently helping teammate John Hopkins achieve excellent times.



The Australian spoke to motogp.com and evaluated his progression and the long process of adapting to the prototype´s characteristics. He also explained the reasons for not going out in the wet earlier today.

We went out last time it rained, and the guys need to rebuild an engine at the moment so we thought we´d give it a miss. Tomorrow will probably be a late start due to the wetness of the track”

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Gibernau´s Sepang Test hit by abdominal pain

News, 15/02/06

Strong abdominal pain prevented Sete Gibernau from completing his practice in Sepang today. Only completing 17 laps, the tests planned by Ducati and particularly Bridgestone for today were severely hindered by the Spaniard´s illness.



After a sleepless night, Gibernau had to return to the hotel having completed just a few laps. When he came back to the circuit in the afternoon, he was unable to resume testing activity because of the rain. Just tomorrow's third and final day remains for the new Ducati Marlboro Team rider to complete his testing programme.

The Spaniard showed his disappointment with the circumstances in an official statement, in which he described a rough night and his condition on the track.

"I didn't sleep a wink all night but I wanted to test at all costs so I came to the circuit early" commented Sete. "After a few laps I was feeling really sick and decided to go back and rest in the hotel. At 3 o'clock, I still didn't feel well but returned to the track to try and go out again but it started to rain. It just wasn't my day .. Hopefully tomorrow I'll feel better again because we've got a lot of things to test".

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Go Shinya

Venumb said:
Good read..thanks!
All the better for having a Kawasaki at the top of the timings :)

See how day 3 goes now - Shinya usually builds things up days 1 & 2, so I'm expecting a stunning result tomorrow :wink
 

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Stoner to undergo further examination in Australia

News, 15/02/06

Whilst Casey Stoner will be taking part in tests this week, they are certainly not the type that he would prefer, being of the medical rather than bike development variety.



After feeling pain in his right shoulder yesterday - an injury believed to have occurred a few days ago in training - the Australian cut short his session and withdrew from the rest of the Sepang Test. His LCR Honda team today left their assigned pit garage at the Malaysian circuit after deciding to abandon their practice plans.

Yesterday, after his enforced retirement after some twenty laps, the young MotoGP rookie was taken to the local hospital for x-rays and ligament scans (the results of which are still pending). The Australian will tomorrow head to his homeland to visit his doctor and undergo more physical examination.

All signs point to ligament damage. Stoner is keen to avoid surgery which would prolong the recovery process, but there still remains the possibility that he will miss the season-opening Jerez Grand prix in just over a month.

Source: MotoGP website
 
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