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|