Despite putting in a hard day's work yesterday, the MotoGP teams were out testing at Le Mans today. The track was damp, making testing difficult and leaving a lot of riders in the garage, especially after a shower made conditions worse. The weather finally got to playing ball, and by 4:30 the sun was out and the track began to properly dry.
There was far from a full complement of riders though: Guintoli skipped the test, after hurting his elbows and legs in a vicious highside during the rain-sodden race, and the session started without Nicky Hayden, resting the ribs he damaged in the big crash at the Esses. Hayden was able to join in the afternoon.
The times were comparable to those set during the qualifying practice, if set under less favorable conditions. Dani Pedrosa was fastest, ahead of John Hopkins and Championship leader Casey Stoner.
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Suzuki had already announced that they would be testing a new engine, which would be "something special", according to whispers coming out of Hamamatsu. Now it seems that MotoGrandPrix.it is reporting that due to a mix up with the timing gear, the time reported for Hopkins was very conservative, and that the American actually lapped half a second quicker. This would make Hopkins the fastest man on race tires by a long way, and promises to mess with Ducati's plans at Mugello. We will keep our ears to the ground for more news.
|1||Dani Pedrosa||Repsol Honda Team||1'35.0s||70|
|2||John Hopkins||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP||1'35.0s|
|3||Casey Stoner||Ducati Marlboro Team||1'35.0s||44|
|4||Toni Elias||Honda Gresini||1'35.1s||58|
|5||Valentino Rossi||Fiat Yamaha Team||1'35.3s||66|
|6||Loris Capirossi||Ducati Marlboro Team||1'35.4s||50|
|7||Carlos Checa||LCR Honda||1'35.4s||76|
|8||Colin Edwards||Fiat Yamaha Team||1'35.6s||59|
|9||Marco Melandri||Honda Gresini||1'35.7||66|
|10||Nicky Hayden||Repsol Honda Team||1'35.9s||40|
|11||Makoto Tamada||Tech 3 Yamaha||1'36.6s|
|12||Chris Vermeulen||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP||No time given|