2009 IRTA MotoGP Test Jerez Day 1 - 11am Update

Jerez awoke this morning to the gentle trickle of rain running off the rooftops, a rather inauspicious start to the first day of testing. Luckily, it had just about finished once the bikes hit the track, though the track is still very damp, though it looks like drying out reasonably quickly now that the sun has come out to help burn it off.

About half the riders here are out on track, the rest electing to sit in their motorhomes until conditions improve. And at 11am, it was Casey Stoner rather unsurprisingly topping the timesheets, the Australian putting in a few laps to get a feel for the track here once again. Second fastest was, again unsurprisingly, Chris Vermeulen on the Rizla Suzuki, while Colin Edwards on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha was 3rd quickest.

Times at 11am

1 Casey Stoner Ducati 1'53.660   3
2 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 1'54.614 0.954 3
3 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1'55.097 1.437 6
4 Vito Guareschi Ducati 1'55.381 1.721 4
5 James Toseland Yamaha 1'56.916 3.256 6
6 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1'56.949 3.289 4
7 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1'57.556 3.896 3
8 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'57.683 4.023 12
9 Kosuoke Akiyoshi Honda 2'00.130 6.470 2
10 Toni Elias Honda 2'01.218 7.55 3


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Much as one likes to see the lad having fun in the puddles, given that most of us want to see him as fit and strong for the season as possible, won't someone PLEASE take his damn batteries out until conditions are sensible?

Methinks he is suffering cabin fever from not riding over the off-season....but just ONCE it would be good for his team-mate not to have to look forlornly at the session timesheets and wonder WTF he isn't doing right..