Jerez November MotoGP Test - Day 1 Times

So much for the safety argument. On the first day of testing at Jerez under the new tire regime, Dani Pedrosa took nearly 0.6 seconds off his existing lap record at the Andalucian circuit. It's almost impossible to stand in the way of progress, no matter how hard you try, it seems.

Pedrosa set his time while riding only a relatively few number of laps. Weather conditions this morning were cold, despite the sunshine, and the riders didn't really get under way until early in the afternoon. But while Pedrosa was fastest, the Yamahas are looking strongest, as Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Colin Edwards were 2nd, 3rd and 4th fastest respectively.

The gaps are large, though, with Pedrosa 6/10ths faster than Rossi, who is in turn over a second quicker than Lorenzo, the rest of the field bunched up, until we get to the Ducatis.

And the Ducatis are clearly the slowest bikes at the test, with only MotoGP rookie Yuki Takahashi in last place. Former Ducati test rider and now Pramac rider Niccolo Canepa was the quickest of the Bologna bikes, a fraction faster than Marlboro Ducati's Nicky Hayden. Hayden is nearly 2 seconds behind Rossi, and 2.5 behind his former Repsol Honda team mate, though the Kentucky Kid is still getting used to the bike and the Bridgestone tires.

The man who could make the biggest difference to the standings has been watching from pit lane. Casey Stoner was present at the test, but unable to take part. The official Ducati press release stated that Stoner's wrist injury was healing well, and he hopes to begin training on a bicycle again soon.

Testing continues again tomorrow.

Times:

Pos. Rider Manufacturer Fastest Lap Total Laps
1 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'39.525 41
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.135 39
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'41.163 51
4 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1'41.390 49
5 Alex De Angelis Honda 1'41.468 53
6 James Toseland Yamaha 1'41.539 50
7 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1'41.655 48
8 Toni Elias Honda 1'41.679 74
9 Niccolo Canepa Ducati 1'42.074 50
10 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1'42.098 69
11 Mika Kallio Ducati 1'42.837 58
12 Sete Gibernau Ducati 1'42.943 40
13 Vitto Guareschi Ducati 1'43.642 36
14 Yuki Takahashi Honda 1'44.360 64

 

Circuit records:

Circuit Record Lap: 2008 Dani Pedrosa 1'40.116
Circuit Best Lap: 2008 Jorge Lorenzo 1'38.189

 

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Comments

The Fin does not only have to get used to the Duc, he has to get used to MotoGP (bikes) in general and is sitting on Hayden's tail. It looks like Kallio gels really well with the GP9, he was also the most positive maiden Duc rider after the Valencia tests. Is he going to give Hayden a hard time next year? Things could get really interesting.