Once again, GPOne.com has the latest times from Jerez.
Casey Stoner is no longer the fastest man on the track, but this was probably due to the unfortunate world champion suffering another big highside at Turn 3 during the early afternoon. Although Stoner walked away from the crash, he did not return to action.
With Stoner gone, Valentino Rossi showed remarkable progress on his new Bridgestone rubber by setting the fastest time of the test so far. With Shinya Nakano second and Alex de Angelis third, the Japanese tires still seem to hold the edge so far. Of the Michelin runners, it was Andrea Dovizioso who was fastest, fractionally ahead of the two factory Hondas.
The biggest worry in the paddock must be for Marco Melandri. So far, the Italian has signally failed to get to grips with the Ducati Desmosedici, in an ominous echo of his predecessor at Ducati, Loris Capirossi. Great things were expected of Melandri, but so far, he has been a long way off the pace.
Testing concludes on Thursday.
|Pos.||Rider||Bike||Fastest Lap||No. of Laps|
|3||Alex de Angelis||Honda||1'40.332||49|
|7||Randy de Puniet||Honda||1'40.820||77|