2009 IRTA Test Jerez - Day 2 - Final Session A Washout

After heavy rain and thunderstorms disrupted the final minutes of the BMW M Award session, a wet track and overcast skies kept most of the field off the track for the final session. Only those still with testing to do took to the track, and only then after the rain had finished. Andrea Dovizioso was among the hardest working of the riders, and saw his hard work rewarded with the fastest time, ahead of Chris Vermeulen, once again demonstrating both his prowess in the wet and the progress of the Suzuki, and Marco Melandri, who has less to worry about the rear of the Hayate / Kawasaki when grip is down anyway.

Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda, IRTA Test Jerez 2009

Despite the dismal weather, groups of diehard fans sat scattered around the track, waiting for the occasional bike to pass. They stuck it out all the way to the end, proof that MotoGP is still alive and well in Spain, no matter the problems which surround the series. We'll be back here in five weeks time, but before that, MotoGP heads for the freak show that is the MotoGP night race opener at Losail, Qatar. In two weeks' time, we'll be actually racing.

Times of the final session of testing from Jerez

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Fast lap Total laps
1 4 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1'51.488 0.000 20 20
2 7 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 1'51.688 0.200 8 8
3 33 Marco Melandri Kawasaki 1'52.105 0.617 14 14
4 22 Vito Guareschi Ducati 1'52.228 0.740 15 18
5 69 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1'52.243 0.755 18 19
6 36 Mika Kallio Ducati 1'52.343 0.855 17 17
7 72 Yuki Takahashi Honda 1'53.678 2.190 16 16
8 65 Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1'55.147 3.659 4 4
9 88 Niccolo Canepa Ducati 1'55.219 3.731 22 23
10 14 Randy de Puniet Honda 1'55.465 3.977 7 8

 

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