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Sepang III test times - Thursday.

Fiat Yamaha, Repsol Honda and Honda Gresini, plus the Yamaha and Kawasaki test teams, were present in Malaysia this week - although, as planned, Hayden and Repsol Honda finished their Sepang test programme on Wednesday.

Valentino Rossi, fastest for the first two days, signed off early on Thursday after posting an impressive qualifying tyre time followed by a promising race simulation. The Italian was later knocked from the top by rookie team-mate Jorge Lorenzo on the Spaniard's very final lap of the day.

All four MotoGP race riders present on Thursday - Rossi, Lorenzo, Shinya Nakano and Alex de Angelis - set their best lap times using a qualifying tyre. In terms of race tyre pace, Rossi (48 laps) was quickest on a 2mins 1.437secs, with Lorenzo (72 laps) setting a 2mins 2.143secs, Nakano (23 laps) a 2mins 2.301secs and de Angelis (20 laps) a 2mins 3.574secs.

The next MotoGP test will take place at Jerez, in Spain, from February 16-18.


1. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 2min 0.705 secs
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (B) 2min 1.190 secs
3. Shinya Nakano JPN Honda Gresini (B) 2min 2.135 secs
4. Alex de Angelis RSM Honda Gresini (B) 2min 2.194 secs
5. Olivier Jacque FRA Kawasaki Test Rider (B) 2min 3.021 secs
6. Tamaki Serizawa JPN Kawasaki Test Rider (B) 2min 3.623 secs
7. Bike 'P' JPN Yamaha Test Rider (B) 2min 6.000 secs *
8. Bike 'T' JPN Yamaha Test Rider (B) 2min 6.040 secs *

* The best lap time for each bike (identified by the letter 'P' or 'T'), rather than each rider, was provided for the Yamaha test team, which consists of Wataru Yoshikawa and Toshihiko Fujiwara.


Fastest day two times:
Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha (B) 2min 0.472secs (Qualifying tyre)
Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha (B) 2min 1.371secs (Race tyre)

Fastest day one times:
Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha (B) 2min 0.300secs (Qualifying tyre)
Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha (B) 2min 1.444secs (Race tyre)


Fastest Sepang II test times:
24/01/2008: Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda (M) 2min 0.326secs (Qualifying tyre)
24/01/2008: Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro (B) 2min 0.964secs (Race tyre)

Fastest Sepang I test time:
17/11/2007: Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda (M) 2min 0.592secs (Qualifying tyre)


2007 Malaysian Grand Prix:
Pole position: Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda (M) 2min 1.877secs

Fastest lap by manufacturer:
Ducati: Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro (B) 2min 2.108secs
Yamaha: Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha (M) 2min 2.303secs
Honda: Marco Melandri ITA Honda Gresini (B) 2min 2.330secs
Kawasaki: Randy de Puniet FRA Kawasaki Racing (B) 2min 2.503secs
Suzuki: Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki (B) 2min 3.023secs
KR212V: Kurtis Roberts USA Team Roberts (M) 2min 5.251secs


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Laterrus Talley

February 08, 2008 6:44 PM
Last Edited 2726 days ago

In the Donington 2005 race, King Rossi almost lost his bike several times but, he continued on. The race conditions were HORRIBLE. Gibernau, Biaggi, Xaus etc wrecked their bikes but, Rossi didn't. He basically had the throttle WIDE OPEN towards the end of the race. He continued to prove that he was the master at his trade until the checkered flag came down in that race. He was light years ahead of second place by the time the race was over. He came there to race that day and that's EXACTLY what he did. Rain or shine as long as Rossi is racing, he's gonna give 100%! So, if someone thinks they can get away early in a race and squash Rossi's hopes of winning, think again! Long live the king!



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