2009 IRTA MotoGP Test Jerez Day 1 - 12:10 Update

The track at Jerez is slowly drying out, but the action on track is still sporadic. Bridgestone only has four rain tires for each rider here at Jerez, so riders are choosing to stay in the pits. The track is in that horrid inbetween stage where it's tricky on slick tires, but too dry for full wets.

The biggest shock of the second hour of testing was of Brawn GP proportions: Marco Melandri spent a good 20 minutes at the top of the timesheets on the Hayate / Kawasaki / Hai Karate bike. But shortly before noon he was deposed by James Toseland, who went out as the track began to dry more fully, and times began to drop dramatically.

So far, James Toseland and Jorge Lorenzo have been the real workhorses at Jerez, pounding in lap after lap, while others are hoping for better conditions to appear. Despite the relative lack of action, and the indifferent weather, crowds are out in force, and mobbing any rider brave enough to appear. Valentino Rossi's motorhome is easy to identify - it's the one surrounded by fans - and Fiat Yamaha have sectioned off the area around their transporters with barriers, to prevent the crowds from thronging into the trailers and probably the garage as well, given the chance.

Judging by the reception Sete Gibernau is receiving, the Grupo Francisco Hernando team should have sectioned off their carrier as well. Gibernau risks being crushed to death under the weight of fans wanting to have their picture taken with the Spaniard. Gibernau is clearly still a star.

Times shortly after noon: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Fast lap Total laps
1 52 James Toseland Yamaha 1'44.198 0.000 20 21
2 15 Alex de Angelis Honda 1'48.053 3.855 7 7
3 14 Randy de Puniet Honda 1'49.972 5.774 5 5
4 33 Marco Melandri Kawasaki 1'52.584 8.386 8 8
5 4 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1'52.774 8.576 10 10
6 69 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1'52.913 8.715 11 11
7 27 Casey Stoner Ducati 1'53.660 9.462 3 3
8 64 Kosuoke Akiyoshi Honda 1'54.001 9.803 7 12
9 7 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 1'54.614 10.416 3 4
10 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'54.732 10.534 24 24
11 5 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1'54.859 10.661 12 12 
12 22 Vito Guareschi Ducati 1'55.381 11.183
13 24 Toni Elias Honda 1'58.047 13.849 7
14 59 Sete Gibernau Ducati 2'02.307 18.109 4 4

 

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