Sepang November 2007 Testing Times - Day 3

Testing finished on Saturday at Sepang in cooler, but still hot, tropical conditions, and thankfully without any of the rain which had plagued the two previous days.. At the end of the three-day test, it was Nicky Hayden who came out fastest, shaving one hundredth of a second off Valentino Rossi's pole record, set on the 990 cc Yamaha M1. Next fastest man was Colin Edwards on the Tech 3 Yamaha, down 1.2 seconds, but as the Texan's time was set on race rubber, still 0.2 seconds faster than Casey Stoner's lap record set during the race here in October.

Andrea Dovizioso was the fastest rookie, setting an impressive 4th fastest time, keeping the Suzuki veterans of Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi behind him. Jorge Lorenzo significantly improved his time on Saturday, as did the other Yamaha rookie James Toseland, despite setting the slowest time of the day on his first outing on the Yamaha M1.

Testing continues in 10 days time at Jerez in Southern Spain, where Dani Pedrosa will once again join the fray, and Valentino Rossi will make his debut on Bridgestone tires. Rossi's return to testing will also give us our first glimpse of how the split Fiat Yamaha garage will work, with a wall being erected to separate Valentino Rossi's pit crew from Jorge Lorenzo's team.

1 Nicky HAYDEN Repsol Honda 2'00.592 85
2 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha Tech3 2'01.811 45
3 John HOPKINS Kawasaki Racing 2'02.047 46
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO JiR Team Scot 2'02.128 50
5 Chris VERMEULEN Rizla Suzuki 2'02.447 62
6 Loris CAPIROSSI Rizla Suzuki 2'02.587 72
7 Jorge LORENZO Fiat Yamaha 2'02.643 83
8 Anthony WEST Kawasaki Racing 2'02.659 74
9 Randy DE PUNIET Honda LCR 2'02.700 60
10 James TOSELAND Yamaha Tech3 2'03.550 53
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