Jerez November Tests - Day 2

Testing continues today at Jerez, where the weather gods are looking much more kindly upon MotoGP than yesterday, when much of the session was ruined by rain. Testing didn't get underway properly until lunchtime, due to parts of the track still being fairly damp from yesterday's rain, but by 2pm, everyone was out and riding. Motogp.com released the top 10 times as of 2pm, which are shown below. These times are not really representative of the state of play, with most of the riders having only put in some 10 laps or so.

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Ilmor To Announce Riders After Jerez Test

The rider line-up for the 2007 MotoGP season is all but complete. Only two seats remain unclaimed: Ilmor, the newcomer to MotoGP, has yet to announce who will be riding the Illien/Suter-developed Ilmor X3 bike for next season. Many names have been linked to the project, and a gaggle of riders have already tested the bike, but Ilmor have now announced that they will finalize the team at the Jerez tests from 28-30 November.

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Ilmor To Announce Riders After Jerez Test

The rider line-up for the 2007 MotoGP season is all but complete. Only two seats remain unclaimed: Ilmor, the newcomer to MotoGP, has yet to announce who will be riding the Illien/Suter-developed Ilmor X3 bike for next season. Many names have been linked to the project, and a gaggle of riders have already tested the bike, but Ilmor have now announced that they will finalize the team at the Jerez tests from 28-30 November.

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Nicky Hayden To Miss Jerez Test Due To Injury

Nicky Hayden has announced that he won't be taking part in the final MotoGP test before the winter test ban, as a result of an injury suffered in his crash at Estoril. In this crash, Hayden injured his right shoulder, and also damaged a plate holding his collar bone together, fitted after an earlier accident. The Kentucky Kid attempted to keep his injury quiet in the run-up to the final Valencia race, so as not to give his opponents (a certain V.

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Eckl And Kawasaki Split

Though it can hardly be unexpected, as rumors had resounded round the paddock for a long time, Kawasaki have announced that they are ending their collaboration with Harald Eckl to run their MotoGP racing team for 2007. The Japanese factory will take over running the team themselves for 2007, basing their team in either France or The Netherlands. The split with Eckl will have no consequences for the rider line up, but it is likely that most of the team personnel will be replaced.

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It's Official: Gibernau Retires

As everybody expected, Sete Gibernau officially announced his retirement from the highest level of motorcycle racing. "Racing doesn't make me happy any more, and I don't need to do it for the money," the Spaniard said at an emotional press conference in Barcelona. Gibernau will be 34 in December, and had suffered a series of injuries and operations this year.

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