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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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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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Of Walls And Riders

They seem to be all the rage nowadays: Walls dividing pit garages in MotoGP teams. The fashion started in the FIAT Yamaha team garage, where a wall was supposedly fitted to prevent data sharing between Valentino Rossi's Bridgestone side of the garage, and Jorge Lorenzo's Michelin squad. The fashion soon spread to the Repsol Honda garage, where Dani Pedrosa's switch to Bridgestones necessitated similar measures. Or so we were told, though the walls were not removed along with their original rationale once the single tire rule meant everyone would be running on Bridgestones.

The wall erected this weekend in the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha garage is perhaps a more honest one. Colin Edwards is still seething at James Toseland having kidnapped his crew chief, after Toseland had reportedly had communication problems with Guy Coulon all year. Since then, Edwards has not missed an opportunity to take a potshot at his team mate, despite being very happy to have Coulon as his new chief. The instigation of the wall at Edwards' bidding is just another shot in the war of attrition which is raging in the team. And we can look forward to more of the same as the season progresses.

The irony is that at Jerez, a wall also disappeared from a team garage. In the Repsol Honda garage, now only a workbench divides the two halves of the garage, the wall entirely gone. But then again, the injured Dani Pedrosa has been temporarily replaced by Kosuke Akiyoshi at the IRTA test, who will be riding the Spaniard's bike for the two day test. If I were a betting man, I would not put money on the wall not returning along with the Spanish title favorite.

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2009 Jerez 125 Afternoon Session - Simon Unstoppable Again

In the 125cc class, the afternoon session of the final day at Jerez followed the same pattern of almost every other session here so far. Bancaja Aspar's Julian Simon dominated completely, leading the field by over 7/10ths of a second. Simon has opted to fit an older version of the forks to his Aprilia RSA, whilst others, such as Danny Webb, are using the 2009 version, which are causing problems for some riders. For now, Simon's decision has paid off very well indeed.

The race for second was a lot closer, KTM's Marc Marquez taking second spot by just two thousandths of a second from Sandro Cortese on the Ajo Aprilia, while Derbi's Pol Espargaro - riding hurt after a crash - took fourth just a few hundredths behind. Simon's team mate Sergio Gadea rounded out the top 5.

In the morning, Bradley Smith got to within one tenth of a second of Simon's fastest time, but the British rider didn't take part in the afternoon hour. This left Scott Redding the fastest Briton in 8th, one spot ahead of Danny Webb. American Cameron Beaubier, moving up to the MotoGP class through the MotoGP Academy program finished 16th.

The teams have one final test left, a two night affair at Qatar, before the season kicks off. If you don't have Julian Simon in your fantasy MotoGP team, now would be a good chance to switch.

Session 2 times (afternoon session)

PosRiderTeamFastest lapDiff to prev.Diff to LeaderLaps
1Julian SIMONBANCAJA ASPAR TEAM 125cc1'47.318  17
2Marc MARQUEZRED BULL KTM MOTORSPORTS1'48.037+0.719+0.71915
3Sandro CORTESEAJO INTERWETTEN1'48.039+0.002+0.72115
4Pol ESPARGARODERBI RACING TEAM1'48.077+0.038+0.75919
5Sergio GADEABANCAJA ASPAR TEAM 125cc1'48.457+0.380+1.13918
6Nicolas TEROLJACK & JONES TEAM1'48.459+0.002+1.14117
7Randy KRUMMENACHERDEGRAAF GRAND PRIX1'48.474+0.015+1.15621
8Scott REDDINGBLUSENS APRILIA1'48.498+0.024+1.18019
9Danny WEBBDEGRAAF GRAND PRIX1'48.835+0.337+1.51721
10Jonas FOLGERONGETTA TEAM ISPA1'49.110+0.275+1.79223
11Simone CORSIJACK & JONES TEAM1'49.200+0.090+1.88221
12Joan OLIVESPANISH DERBI RACING TEAM1'49.349+0.149+2.03120
13Johann ZARCOWTR SAN MARINO TEAM1'49.601+0.252+2.28322
14Lorenzo ZANETTIONGETTA TEAM ISPA1'49.728+0.127+2.41022
15Dominique AEGERTERAJO INTERWETTEN1'49.978+0.250+2.66015
16Cameron BEAUBIERRED BULL KTM MOTORSPORT1'50.023+0.045+2.7056
17Esteve RABATBLUSENS APRILIA1'50.313+0.290+2.99516
18Tomo KOYAMALONCIN RACING1'50.415+0.102+3.09717
19Luca MARCONICBC CORSE1'51.155+0.740+3.83723
20Alexis MASBOULONCIN RACING1'51.506+0.351+4.1884
21Lukas SEMBERAMATTEONI RACING1'51.782+0.276+4.46419
22Luca VITALICBC CORSE1'52.462+0.680+5.14422
23Jasper IWEMARACING TEAM GERMANY1'52.681+0.219+5.36317
24Matthew HOYLEHAOJUE TEAM1'53.362+0.681+6.04413

Session 1 times (morning session)

PosRiderTeamFastest lapDiff to prev.Diff to LeaderLaps
1Julian SIMONBANCAJA ASPAR TEAM 125cc1'47.371  28
2Bradley SMITHBANCAJA ASPAR TEAM 125cc1'47.420+0.049+0.04944
3Sandro CORTESEAJO INTERWETTEN1'47.547+0.127+0.17633
4Andrea IANNONEONGETTA TEAM ISPA1'47.550+0.003+0.17936
5Takaaki NAKAGAMIONGETTA TEAM ISPA1'47.702+0.152+0.33153
6Nicolas TEROLJACK & JONES TEAM1'47.863+0.161+0.49234
7Marc MARQUEZRED BULL KTM MOTORSPORTS1'47.969+0.106+0.59824
8Stefan BRADLVIESSMANN KIEFER RACING1'48.142+0.173+0.77130
9Sergio GADEABANCAJA ASPAR TEAM 125cc1'48.162+0.020+0.79153
10Joan OLIVESPANISH DERBI RACING TEAM1'48.527+0.365+1.15637
11Pol ESPARGARODERBI RACING TEAM1'48.578+0.051+1.20728
12Jonas FOLGERONGETTA TEAM ISPA1'48.666+0.088+1.29516
13Efren VAZQUEZDERBI RACING TEAM1'48.766+0.100+1.39550
14Esteve RABATBLUSENS APRILIA1'48.822+0.056+1.45141
15Dominique AEGERTERAJO INTERWETTEN1'49.001+0.179+1.63034
16Scott REDDINGBLUSENS APRILIA1'49.011+0.010+1.64035
17Simone CORSIJACK & JONES TEAM1'49.152+0.141+1.78154
18Randy KRUMMENACHERDEGRAAF GRAND PRIX1'49.274+0.122+1.90341
19Johann ZARCOWTR SAN MARINO TEAM1'49.279+0.005+1.90851
20Danny WEBBDEGRAAF GRAND PRIX1'49.323+0.044+1.95243
21Cameron BEAUBIERRED BULL KTM MOTORSPORT1'49.434+0.111+2.06318
22Lorenzo ZANETTIONGETTA TEAM ISPA1'50.019+0.585+2.64844
23Lorenzo SAVADORIFONTANA RACING1'50.728+0.709+3.3579
24Lukas SEMBERAMATTEONI RACING1'51.126+0.398+3.75551
25Tomo KOYAMALONCIN RACING1'51.198+0.072+3.82722
26Luca MARCONICBC CORSE1'51.231+0.033+3.86036
27Luca VITALICBC CORSE1'51.597+0.366+4.22637
28Michael RANSEDERHAOJUE TEAM1'51.730+0.133+4.35945
29Alexis MASBOULONCIN RACING1'51.808+0.078+4.43733
30Jasper IWEMARACING TEAM GERMANY1'52.435+0.627+5.06439
31Matthew HOYLEHAOJUE TEAM1'53.048+0.613+5.67732


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2009 Jerez Irta Test Day 3 - 250 Afternoon Session - Simoncelli Dives Under Pole Record

Marco Simoncelli ended the three-day IRTA test on the top of the 50 timesheets, smashing the pole lap record by over 0.4 seconds. The Italian Gilera rider was nearly two tenths quicker than his Spanish title rival Alvaro Bautista, but both men were well under Dani Pedrosa's pole record at the Andalucian track which dates back to 2005. 

Big surprise of the afternoon was Jules Cluzel, who took his Matteoni Racing Aprilia to the third fastest time of the day, and the fourth fastest time of the three-day test, an impressive performance from the young Frenchman, all the more so because he set the time on an LE spec Aprilia, rather than a full fat factory spec RSA bike. Clusel is the second LE rider to get among the top 250 tier, after Lukas Pesek was fourth fastest on Thursday on a similar bike. It certainly looks as if the difference in performance between the million euro RSA and the 250,000 euro LE is a lot less than it was in previous years, though whether this is down to Aprilia easing up on the development of the RSA bike as the 2011 demise of the class approaches.

Full times from both sessions will follow as soon as they are available.

Session 2 times (afternoon session)

PosRiderTeamFastest lapDiff to prev.Diff to LeaderLaps
2Alvaro BAUTISTAMAPFRE ASPAR TEAM1'42.674+0.197+0.19720
3Jules CLUZELMATTEONI RACING1'43.078+0.404+0.60113
5Hiroshi AOYAMASCOT RACING TEAM 250cc1'43.244+0.055+0.76720
6Roberto LOCATELLIMETIS GILERA1'43.425+0.181+0.94813
7Gabor TALMACSIBALATON RACING TEAM 250cc1'43.470+0.045+0.99317
8Thomas LUTHIEMMI - CAFFE LATTE1'43.611+0.141+1.13421
9Karel ABRAHAMCARDION AB MOTORACING1'43.658+0.047+1.18117
10Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAI HONDA PTT SAG1'43.744+0.086+1.26718
11Lukas PESEKAUTO KELLY - CP1'43.837+0.093+1.36015
12Mike DI MEGLIOMAPFRE ASPAR TEAM 250cc1'43.847+0.010+1.37018
13Mattia PASINITEAM TOTH APRILIA1'43.912+0.065+1.43516
14Raffaele DE ROSASCOT RACING TEAM 250cc1'43.926+0.014+1.44916
15Alex BALDOLINIWTR SAN MARINO TEAM1'43.928+0.002+1.4518
16Hector FAUBELTHAI HONDA PTT SAG1'43.982+0.054+1.50519
17Imre TOTHTEAM TOTH APRILIA1'45.994+2.012+3.51720
18Axel PONSPEPE WORLD TEAM1'46.767+0.773+4.29013
19Bastien CHESAUXRACING TEAM GERMANY1'47.233+0.466+4.75620

Session 1 times (morning session)

PosRiderTeamFastest lapDiff to prev.Diff to LeaderLaps
2Hector BARBERAPEPE WORLD TEAM1'43.306+0.101+0.10125
4Marco SIMONCELLIMETIS GILERA1'43.417+0.020+0.21250
5Roberto LOCATELLIMETIS GILERA1'43.702+0.285+0.49749
6Hiroshi AOYAMASCOT RACING TEAM 250cc1'43.793+0.091+0.58862
7Mattia PASINITEAM TOTH APRILIA1'43.877+0.084+0.67244
8Gabor TALMACSIBALATON RACING TEAM 250cc1'43.954+0.077+0.74946
9Mike DI MEGLIOMAPFRE ASPAR TEAM 250cc1'43.985+0.031+0.78033
10Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAI HONDA PTT SAG1'43.995+0.010+0.79051
11Karel ABRAHAMCARDION AB MOTORACING1'44.012+0.017+0.80753
12Thomas LUTHIEMMI - CAFFE LATTE1'44.160+0.148+0.95566
13Hector FAUBELHONDA SAG1'44.254+0.094+1.04950
14Alex BALDOLINIWTR SAN MARINO TEAM1'44.359+0.105+1.15451
15Lukas PESEKAUTO KELLY - CP1'44.421+0.062+1.21631
16Jules CLUZELMATTEONI RACING1'44.746+0.325+1.54151
17Raffaele DE ROSASCOT RACING TEAM 250cc1'44.816+0.070+1.61143
18Imre TOTHTEAM TOTH APRILIA1'45.355+0.539+2.15048
19Shoya TOMIZAWACIP MOTO-GP2501'46.269+0.914+3.06420
20Bastien CHESAUXRACING TEAM GERMANY1'47.379+1.110+4.17429
21Vladimir LEONOVVIESSMANN KIEFER RACING1'48.138+0.759+4.93332
22Axel PONSPEPE WORLD TEAM1'48.295+0.157+5.09018


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Playboy Deal With LCR Honda On

Lucio Cecchinello, boss of the LCR Honda team, is well-known for his innovative approach to raising sponsorship for the team. Through the years that the team has raced in MotoGP, LCR has showcased a number of different sponsors all featuring on the fairing for a few individual races, rather than for a full season. Cecchinello calls this approach the "Event Title Sponsor" format. So when news appeared earlier this week that Playboy was set to sponsor the LCR Honda team, the press were surprised that Cecchinello would be dropping this tried-and-tested approach. 

But we had all been wrong-footed. Despite Cecchinello having met with senior Playboy officials in Italy last week, the Italian team owner had not secured Playboy as a title sponsor. Instead, Playboy will be sponsoring LCR in the same way the team's other sponsors have, on an event-to-event basis. The deal is with the publisher of the Italian edition of Playboy, and will see Randy de Puniet carry the iconic Playboy logo on the bike for the Spanish and Japanese Grand Prix, as well as the IRTA tests which kick off for the MotoGP class at Jerez tomorrow morning.

Although the sponsorship deal is only for the first few races - it was timed to help with the relaunch of the Italian magazine, though attempts to include the season opener at Qatar failed because of advertising restrictions in that country - Cecchinello is talking to other editions of Playboy looking for similar deals. If it all pans out as the team hopes, then the Playboy logo could appear at more races during the year. 

The deal will also see the LCR Honda team and Randy de Puniet in a special MotoGP spread in the Italian edition of Playboy magazine. The magazine is being relaunched in Italy, and the MotoGP link up is part of the magazine's push to promote itself in the Italian market. The edition features a number of tasteful pictures of a semi-naked Randy de Puniet, joined by equally semi-naked Playgirls. 

The LCR Honda press kit provided us with a number of photos, some of which are shown below. But the Italian website has a more complete selection over on their site.

LCR Honda sponsored by Playboy

Randy de Puniet and his Playboy Honda

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2009 Jerez IRTA Test 250s and 125s Day 3 Update - Simoncelli And Iannone

The final day of testing for the junior classes at Jerez is well underway, and after a cloudy and chilly start, the sun is out and it's warming up nicely. Out on track, the riders are filling the air with the sweet smell of two stroke fumes, but the lap times set so far are still slower than the faster times of yesterday and Wednesday.

In the 250 class, it's Marco Simoncelli who's topping the timesheets as of midday ahead of Hector Barbera, who has just pushed Hiroshi Aoyama down into third. Alvaro Bautista is down in 11th, though the Spaniard has yet to run many laps.

For the 125 boys, Julian Simon just leapt to the top of the timesheets, deposing Andrea Iannone from the top spot he had held previously. Stefan Bradl is in third, a huge improvement after a few difficult days, and after crashing and bruising his hand yesterday. Britain's Bradley Smith is sixth fastest,  two places ahead of Scott Redding. American Cameron Beaubier is yet to take to the track.

More updates after the end of the session at 2:50pm.

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2009 IRTA Test 125 Class - Day 2 - Simon Continues Reign Of Terror

The sun is shining, temperatures are soaring, and you'll never guess who's the fastest of the 125 riders on the second day of the official IRTA test at Jerez. Coming as a complete shock to absolutely no one, Bancaja Aspar's Julian Simon continued to top the timesheets, leading from Red Bull KTM's Spanish flyweight Marc Marquez in the morning, and Ongetta Team's Andrea Iannone in the afternoon. The only bright spot on the horizon - apart that is from the hot Andalucian sun - is that Simon's margin over the competition has dropped, with Marquez getting to within a tenth of a second, while Iannone closed the gap to just 0.065 seconds. 

The good news for Bradley Smith was his pair of third places, though the British rider was over three quarters of a second slower than his team in the afternoon. The other two Britons also saw an improvement from yesterday, Scott Redding setting the 6th fastest time ahead of De Graaf's Danny Webb in 7th. American rookie Cameron Beaubier finished 18th fastest in both sessions.

The China cup ended in a draw again, with Haojue's Michi Ranseder fastest in the morning, while Tomo Koyama was quickest on the Loncin in the afternoon.

Testing finishes tomorrow, and as MotoGPMatters will be at the track, we'll have a round up of all three days testing.

Session 2 times (afternoon session)

PosRiderTeamFastest lapDiff to prev.Diff to LeaderLaps
1Julian SIMONBANCAJA ASPAR TEAM 125cc1'47.465  14
2Andrea IANNONEONGETTA TEAM ISPA1'47.530+0.065+0.06515
3Bradley SMITHBANCAJA ASPAR TEAM 125cc1'48.301+0.771+0.83621
4Marc MARQUEZRED BULL KTM MOTORSPORTS1'48.394+0.093+0.92912
5Sandro CORTESEAJO INTERWETTEN1'48.401+0.007+0.93614
6Scott REDDINGBLUSENS APRILIA1'48.418+0.017+0.95317
7Danny WEBBDEGRAAF GRAND PRIX1'48.665+0.247+1.20018
8Sergio GADEABANCAJA ASPAR TEAM 125cc1'48.748+0.083+1.28316
9Joan OLIVESPANISH DERBI RACING TEAM1'49.123+0.375+1.65810
10Takaaki NAKAGAMIONGETTA TEAM ISPA1'49.254+0.131+1.78912
11Efren VAZQUEZDERBI RACING TEAM1'49.389+0.135+1.92414
12Dominique AEGERTERAJO INTERWETTEN1'49.390+0.001+1.92514
13Randy KRUMMENACHERDEGRAAF GRAND PRIX1'49.433+0.043+1.96819
14Esteve RABATBLUSENS APRILIA1'49.514+0.081+2.0496
15Pol ESPARGARODERBI RACING TEAM1'49.908+0.394+2.44312
16Lorenzo ZANETTIONGETTA TEAM ISPA1'50.275+0.367+2.81015
17Jonas FOLGERONGETTA TEAM ISPA1'50.371+0.096+2.9068
18Cameron BEAUBIERRED BULL KTM MOTORSPORT1'50.461+0.090+2.99613
19Simone CORSIJACK & JONES TEAM1'50.525+0.064+3.06013
20Luca MARCONICBC CORSE1'51.158+0.633+3.69317
21Stefan BRADLVIESSMANN KIEFER RACING1'51.448+0.290+3.9832
22Tomo KOYAMALONCIN RACING1'51.534+0.086+4.0697
23Lorenzo SAVADORIFONTANA RACING1'51.597+0.063+4.1324
24Jasper IWEMARACING TEAM GERMANY1'51.613+0.016+4.14814
25Michael RANSEDERHAOJUE TEAM1'52.249+0.636+4.78415
26Matthew HOYLEHAOJUE TEAM1'53.355+1.106+5.89014
27Johann ZARCOWTR SAN MARINO TEAM2'06.233+12.878+18.7681

Session 1 times (morning session)

PosRiderTeamFastest lapDiff to prev.Diff to LeaderLaps
1Julian SIMONBANCAJA ASPAR TEAM 125cc1'47.520  32
2Marc MARQUEZRED BULL KTM MOTORSPORTS1'47.625+0.105+0.10537
3Bradley SMITHBANCAJA ASPAR TEAM 125cc1'47.692+0.067+0.17247
4Pol ESPARGARODERBI RACING TEAM1'47.920+0.228+0.40034
5Andrea IANNONEONGETTA TEAM ISPA1'47.929+0.009+0.40929
6Takaaki NAKAGAMIONGETTA TEAM ISPA1'47.983+0.054+0.46338
7Sandro CORTESEAJO INTERWETTEN1'48.023+0.040+0.50335
8Efren VAZQUEZDERBI RACING TEAM1'48.322+0.299+0.80240
9Joan OLIVESPANISH DERBI RACING TEAM1'48.364+0.042+0.84446
10Sergio GADEABANCAJA ASPAR TEAM 125cc1'48.532+0.168+1.01230
11Jonas FOLGERONGETTA TEAM ISPA1'48.549+0.017+1.02930
12Scott REDDINGBLUSENS APRILIA1'48.590+0.041+1.07048
13Esteve RABATBLUSENS APRILIA1'48.628+0.038+1.10824
14Danny WEBBDEGRAAF GRAND PRIX1'48.744+0.116+1.22432
15Dominique AEGERTERAJO INTERWETTEN1'48.824+0.080+1.30432
16Lorenzo SAVADORIFONTANA RACING1'48.871+0.047+1.35120
17Randy KRUMMENACHERDEGRAAF GRAND PRIX1'49.186+0.315+1.66634
18Cameron BEAUBIERRED BULL KTM MOTORSPORT1'49.310+0.124+1.79044
19Simone CORSIJACK & JONES TEAM1'49.328+0.018+1.80835
20Johann ZARCOWTR SAN MARINO TEAM1'49.717+0.389+2.19742
21Stefan BRADLVIESSMANN KIEFER RACING1'49.816+0.099+2.29618
22Lorenzo ZANETTIONGETTA TEAM ISPA1'50.717+0.901+3.19738
23Lukas SEMBERAMATTEONI RACING1'51.179+0.462+3.65919
24Jasper IWEMARACING TEAM GERMANY1'51.194+0.015+3.67443
25Luca MARCONICBC CORSE1'51.293+0.099+3.77337
26Michael RANSEDERHAOJUE TEAM1'51.897+0.604+4.37722
27Luca VITALICBC CORSE1'52.630+0.733+5.11011
28Alexis MASBOULONCIN RACING1'52.760+0.130+5.24019
29Tomo KOYAMALONCIN RACING1'52.874+0.114+5.35436
30Matthew HOYLEHAOJUE TEAM1'53.117+0.243+5.59725


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2009 IRTA Test 250 Class - Day 2 - Bautista Edges Barbera

Alvaro Bautista shone under the Spanish sun at Jerez on Thursday, topping the timesheets in both sessions. But Bautista didn't have it his own way: During the 250-only afternoon session the Mapfre Aspar rider was only barely faster than compatriot Hector Barbera, and only just over a tenth of a second quicker than title rival Marco Simoncelli on the Gilera.

Aspar's two rookies coming up from the 125 class also showed well. Gabor Talmacsi - technically in his own Balaton Racing Team, but under the Aspar umbrella - was slower in the morning session, but by the afternoon, had jumped up to 5th. Reigning 125cc champion Mike di Meglio went the opposite way, taking 2nd spot in the morning, while dropping to a still highly respectable 6th fastest during the afternoon session.

Surprise of the day was Lukas Pesek, climbing into the top 4 in the afternoon, despite only having an Aprilia LE, rather than the factory spec RSA the other top riders are running.

Meanwhile, injuries are starting to take their toll. After crashing heavily yesterday, Axel Pons - son of former 250 champion and team manager Sito - was forced to sit out today's session, while Vladimir Leonov also crashed again heavily in the morning, though he rode again during the afternoon.

Testing finishes tomorrow, before the MotoGP bikes take to the track. MotoGPMatters will be at trackside, and will bring you a summary of the three days of testing, as well as trying to track down Stevie Bonsey.

Session 2 times (afternoon session)

PosRiderTeamFastest lapDiff to prev.Diff to LeaderLaps
2Hector BARBERAPEPE WORLD TEAM1'43.093+0.025+0.02522
3Marco SIMONCELLIMETIS GILERA1'43.196+0.103+0.12823
4Lukas PESEKAUTO KELLY - CP1'43.467+0.271+0.39923
5Gabor TALMACSIBALATON RACING TEAM 250cc1'43.515+0.048+0.44721
6Mike DI MEGLIOMAPFRE ASPAR TEAM 250cc1'43.548+0.033+0.48011
7Roberto LOCATELLIMETIS GILERA1'43.749+0.201+0.68115
9Thomas LUTHIEMMI - CAFFE LATTE1'44.039+0.167+0.97123
10Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAI HONDA PTT SAG1'44.128+0.089+1.06019
11Hiroshi AOYAMASCOT RACING TEAM 250cc1'44.174+0.046+1.10624
12Hector FAUBELTHAI HONDA PTT SAG1'44.516+0.342+1.44819
13Jules CLUZELMATTEONI RACING1'44.662+0.146+1.59416
14Alex BALDOLINIWTR SAN MARINO TEAM1'44.846+0.184+1.77817
15Raffaele DE ROSASCOT RACING TEAM 250cc1'45.134+0.288+2.06618
16Karel ABRAHAMCARDION AB MOTORACING1'45.491+0.357+2.42319
17Mattia PASINITEAM TOTH APRILIA1'47.341+1.850+4.2739
18Imre TOTHTEAM TOTH APRILIA1'47.349+0.008+4.28115
19Bastien CHESAUXRACING TEAM GERMANY1'47.688+0.339+4.62016
20Vladimir LEONOVVIESSMANN KIEFER RACING1'48.085+0.397+5.01716

Session 1 times (morning session) 

PosRiderTeamFastest lapDiff to prev.Diff to LeaderLaps
2Mike DI MEGLIOMAPFRE ASPAR TEAM 250cc1'43.358+0.165+0.16532
3Marco SIMONCELLIMETIS GILERA1'43.479+0.121+0.28654
4Hiroshi AOYAMASCOT RACING TEAM 250cc1'43.545+0.066+0.35253
6Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAI HONDA PTT SAG1'43.951+0.132+0.75838
7Hector BARBERAPEPE WORLD TEAM1'43.999+0.048+0.80642
8Roberto LOCATELLIMETIS GILERA1'44.170+0.171+0.97736
9Thomas LUTHIEMMI - CAFFE LATTE1'44.194+0.024+1.00149
10Lukas PESEKAUTO KELLY - CP1'44.312+0.118+1.11933
11Gabor TALMACSIBALATON RACING TEAM 250cc1'44.360+0.048+1.16742
12Hector FAUBELHONDA SAG1'44.410+0.050+1.21747
13Raffaele DE ROSASCOT RACING TEAM 250cc1'44.491+0.081+1.29826
14Mattia PASINITEAM TOTH APRILIA1'44.499+0.008+1.30642
15Karel ABRAHAMCARDION AB MOTORACING1'44.518+0.019+1.32550
16Alex BALDOLINIWTR SAN MARINO TEAM1'44.720+0.202+1.52734
17Jules CLUZELMATTEONI RACING1'45.227+0.507+2.03451
18Shoya TOMIZAWACIP MOTO-GP2501'45.813+0.586+2.62036
19Imre TOTHTEAM TOTH APRILIA1'46.030+0.217+2.83732
20Vladimir LEONOVVIESSMANN KIEFER RACING1'47.650+1.620+4.45718
21Bastien CHESAUXRACING TEAM GERMANY1'48.128+0.478+4.93541


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2009 IRTA Test 250 Class - Day 1 - Barbera Fastest In Afternoon

On the first day of testing at the official IRTA test at Jerez, it was Hector Barbera who finished the day fastest, with a fast lap in the dying minutes of the second afternoon session. The day had started overcast, but the afternoon saw sunnier skies and warmer temperatures. Rather strangely, most of the 250 men put in their fastest time in the cooler morning session, with the exception of Barbera.

Title favorites Alvaro Bautista and Marco Simoncelli finished second and third fastest, Simoncelli faster in the morning, while Bautista was quicker in the afternoon, despite both men going slower. Former 125 champion Gabor Talmacsi was also quick, staying with a couple of tenths of Barbera in the morning session, but giving up over half a second in the afternoon. Talmacsi has been consistently in touch with the title candidates, and could prove a challenge once he hits his stride in the class.

The other surprise package was Ratthapark Wilairot on the Thai Honda. The Thai rider was consistently in the points last year, and was 3rd quickest in the morning session, and not far off the two leaders. 

Mattia Pasini was not so lucky. The Team Toth rider had a huge crash in the afternoon, and banged up both himself and his Aprilia. Pasini was joined in the gravel traps by Russian rider Vladimir Leonov, who is building something of a reputation as a crasher, having crashed out of the Estoril test three times.

Testing continues tomorrow.

Session 2 times (afternoon session) 

PosRiderTeamFastest lapDiff to Prev.Diff to LeaderLaps
1Hector BARBERAPEPE WORLD TEAM1'43.156  10
2Alvaro BAUTISTAMAPFRE ASPAR TEAM1'43.620+0.464+0.46414
3Marco SIMONCELLIMETIS GILERA1'43.833+0.213+0.67716
4Gabor TALMACSIBALATON RACING TEAM 250cc1'44.433+0.600+1.27712
5Hector FAUBELHONDA SAG1'44.644+0.211+1.48812
6Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAI HONDA PTT SAG1'44.846+0.202+1.69011
7Mike DI MEGLIOMAPFRE ASPAR TEAM 250cc1'44.891+0.045+1.73510
8Raffaele DE ROSASCOT RACING TEAM 250cc1'45.091+0.200+1.93513
9Lukas PESEKAUTO KELLY - CP1'45.220+0.129+2.06419
10Roberto LOCATELLIMETIS GILERA1'45.259+0.039+2.10311
11Alex BALDOLINIWTR SAN MARINO TEAM1'45.401+0.142+2.24510
12Thomas LUTHIEMMI - CAFFE LATTE1'45.538+0.137+2.38212
13Jules CLUZELMATTEONI RACING1'45.912+0.374+2.75613
14Karel ABRAHAMCARDION AB MOTORACING1'46.044+0.132+2.88815
15Hiroshi AOYAMASCOT RACING TEAM 250cc1'46.098+0.054+2.9429
17Mattia PASINITEAM TOTH APRILIA1'47.046+0.892+3.8905
18Vladimir LEONOVVIESSMANN KIEFER RACING1'47.563+0.517+4.40712
19Shoya TOMIZAWACIP MOTO-GP2501'48.141+0.578+4.9857
20Bastien CHESAUXRACING TEAM GERMANY1'50.029+1.888+6.87315
21Imre TOTHTEAM TOTH APRILIA2'01.768+11.739+18.6121

Session 1 times (morning session) 

PosRiderTeamFastest lapDiff to Prev.Diff to LeaderLaps
2Alvaro BAUTISTAMAPFRE ASPAR TEAM1'43.596+0.158+0.15848
3Ratthapark WILAIROTTHAI HONDA PTT SAG1'43.785+0.189+0.34732
4Hector BARBERAPEPE WORLD TEAM1'43.800+0.015+0.36257
5Gabor TALMACSIBALATON RACING TEAM 250cc1'44.055+0.255+0.61744
6Hiroshi AOYAMASCOT RACING TEAM 250cc1'44.127+0.072+0.68939
7Thomas LUTHIEMMI - CAFFE LATTE1'44.199+0.072+0.76149
8Mike DI MEGLIOMAPFRE ASPAR TEAM 250cc1'44.273+0.074+0.83539
9Roberto LOCATELLIMETIS GILERA1'44.821+0.548+1.38334
10Hector FAUBELHONDA SAG1'44.890+0.069+1.45236
11Raffaele DE ROSASCOT RACING TEAM 250cc1'44.909+0.019+1.47144
12Lukas PESEKAUTO KELLY - CP1'45.221+0.312+1.78331
13Alex BALDOLINIWTR SAN MARINO TEAM1'45.360+0.139+1.92229
14Mattia PASINITEAM TOTH APRILIA1'45.597+0.237+2.15921
15Karel ABRAHAMCARDION AB MOTORACING1'45.633+0.036+2.19547
16Imre TOTHTEAM TOTH APRILIA1'45.745+0.112+2.30742
17Jules CLUZELMATTEONI RACING1'46.304+0.559+2.86635
18Shoya TOMIZAWACIP MOTO-GP2501'47.550+1.246+4.11242
19Axel PONSPEPE WORLD TEAM1'49.114+1.564+5.67624
20Bastien CHESAUXRACING TEAM GERMANY1'49.850+0.736+6.41238


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