Official IRTA Test At Jerez, Day 3, Morning Session

The day started foggy once again, leaving the riders stuck in the garages once again. Luckily, the mist started clearing later as the morning progressed, and the riders were able to get out and start running laps, in preparation for this afternoon's official qualifying session, where the fastest rider will win a BMW car.

The session was dominated by the Yamahas and Dani Pedrosa once again, with both Colin Edwards and Dani Pedrosa heading the timesheets for much of the session. Shortly before the session ended, the qualifiers went on, and the standings started shifting. By the end of the session, the Yamahas had confirmed their domination, Valentino Rossi eventually setting a 1'39.363, just 0.3 seconds off the pole record held by Loris Capirossi. Team mate Colin Edwards finally had to give up his first spot to Rossi, but remained the only other rider to lap under 1'40, with a 1'39.799. Ducati's Casey Stoner took 3rd, lapping fractionally above 1'40, ahead of his team mate Loris Capirossi.

Nicky Hayden seemed to have found a few answers in the morning session, setting the 5th fastest time on his Repsol Honda, though still nearly a second slower than Valentino Rossi. Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen was also much improved in 6th, ahead of Shinya Nakano and Hayden's team mate Dani Pedrosa. Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri finished up the top 10, with Melandri over 2 seconds slower than Rossi.

The action continues shortly after 2pm, when the official qualifying practice kicks off.

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