Some Early Times From Qatar IRTA Test, Day 1 - Updated

UK Motorcycle weekly Motorcycle News has a mid-morning update on the current tests at Qatar, and so far, the trend of fast times set at previous tests seems set to continue. The test is only half a day old and already, two riders have cracked Valentino Rossi's lap record set during the 2006 race. In a foretaste of what looks like being another great season, those two riders were former champion Valentino Rossi, and current champion Nicky Hayden. Hayden even succeeded in taking 3/10ths of a second off Rossi's record.

The circuit seems to be suffering problems with transponders, as not all times are being registered, even though this is an officially timed event. Hopefully, this problem will be sorted soon.

More to come as the times come in.


1 Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda 1'57.067
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory 1'57.243
3 Colin Edwards Yamaha Factory 1'57.322
4 Kenny Roberts Jr Team Roberts 1'58.212
5 John Hopkins Rizla Suzuki 1'58.533
6 Loris Capirossi Ducati Marlboro 1'58.649
7 Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki 1'58.658
8 Carlos Checa Honda LCR 1'59.039
9 Shinya Nakano Konica Minolta Honda 1'59.125
10 Alex Hofmann Pramac d'Antin 1'59.204
11 Makoto Tamada Dunlop Yamaha Tech3 1'59.377
12 Alex Barros Pramac d'Antin 1'59.629
13 Randy de Puniet Kawasaki Racing 1'59.756
14 Sylvain Guintoli Dunlop Yamaha Tech3 1'59.785
15 Olivier Jacque Kawasaki Racing 1'59.941
16 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 2'00.402
17 Toni Elias Honda Gresini 2'00.405
18 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro 2'00.489
19 Marco Melandri Honda Gresini 2'00.617
20 Shinichi Ito Ducati TTT 2'01.488
21 Andrew Pitt Ilmor GP 2'02.378
22 Jeremy McWilliams Ilmor GP 2'07.660
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