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Rain in Malaysia

The final day of MotoGP testing at Sepang in Malaysia has got off to a wet start, resulting in only eleven of the 17 riders completing a lap after the first one and a half hours of available track time.

The track action was briefly interrupted when a dog appeared near the track!

Ducati's Nicky Hayden (14 laps) is presently fastest on the steadily drying surface, just ahead of Gresini Honda's Marco Melandri (13 laps) and Aspar Ducati rookie Hector Barbera (8 laps) - who set an impressive tenth fastest lap time in the dry on Thursday.

The three 2010 MotoGP pre-season tests have already been reduced from three days each to two days (for race riders).

UPDATE: As of 12pm, three hours after the track opened, all riders are back in the pits. The weather remains overcast and the track continues to dry slowly. It is now a 'patchy' half-wet/half-dry.

The top three laps times are still those set this morning by Hayden, Melandri and Barbera.

The six riders who have not yet completed a Friday lap are: Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies, Aleix Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista and Randy de Puniet.


Tagged as: Nicky Hayden

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Duke @ ee

February 05, 2010 3:43 AM

Come on Dorna , you give the test riders the best day and the riders who are doing the racing the two worst. With so little testing happening as it is just give them the three days back. This sucks :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

fromCanada - Unregistered

February 05, 2010 3:58 AM

It is good to see Hayden doing laps and putting in time on the new bike, that is what Champions are made of, Determination no matter what the conditions. It would be nice to see more pre-season testing so there is less guessing for set-up on race weekends. Lets go Nicky !!!



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