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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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The Morgue

February 07, 2008 6:12 PM
Last Edited 2419 days ago

What's good about it is that Valentino can be fast with a Bridgestone qualifier too, that's important because he needs front row starting positions now more than ever. His race pace being this good halway their testing program is surprising too, although it is bound to differ from track to track. I hope Honda get their act together in time so we will have a chance of a battle :p



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