STONER UNLUCKY AT JEREZ, MELANDRI HAPPY WITH HIS DAY Ducati Marlboro Team riders Casey Stoner and Marco Melandri continued testing at Jerez today but the team's day was marred by a crash involving Stoner. The World Champion fell heavily at ...
STONER UNLUCKY AT JEREZ, MELANDRI HAPPY WITH HIS DAY
Ducati Marlboro Team riders Casey Stoner and Marco Melandri continued testing at Jerez today but the team's day was marred by a crash involving Stoner. The World Champion fell heavily at turn three, sustaining suspected ligament damage to his left shoulder. He was treated by Clinica Mobile staff who put his left arm in a sling, he then returned to his hotel to rest.
Melandri worked hard all day on chassis and suspension set-up, using only race tyres. By the end of the day he was happy with the set-up his crew had dialled into his Desmosedici. Tomorrow the Italian will focus on tyre testing.
Casey Stoner, 1m 40.833s (32 laps)
"Everything was going very well today. We were focusing on tyre testing, as we had planned, when I crashed at turn three. I hit the ground pretty heavily with my left shoulder. Straight away the injury was really painful, so I went to the Clinica Mobile where they fitted me with a sling and strapped the shoulder. We will wait and see how I feel tomorrow but I think it's going to be difficult to continue this test."
Marco Melandri, 1m 41.424s (77 laps)
"Today has been a long and tiring day but we got through a lot of work. This morning we continued working on chassis geometry, changing the weight distribution until we found a set-up I liked. Then we started on the suspension and we did a good job with that too. At that point the track temperature dropped, so we decided to postpone tyre testing until tomorrow. I'm happy with what we've done so far because my target is to understand the bike as well as possible, and if several riders hadn't used use qualifying tyres today the lap times would be closer." <pre> Today's lap times
1. Pedrosa (Honda) 1.39.993 2. Rossi (Yamaha) 1.40.134 3. Nakano (Honda) 1.40.251 4. De Angelis (Honda) 1.40.332 5. Dovizioso (Honda) 1.40.650 6. Hayden (Honda) 1.40.692 7. De Puniet (Honda) 1.40.820 8. Stoner (Ducati Marlboro Team) 1.40.883 9. Edwards (Yamaha) 1.40.833 10. Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1.40.883 11. Hopkins (Kawasaki) 1.40.393 12. Toseland (Yamaha) 1.41.278 13. Melandri (Ducati Marlboro team) 1.41.424 14. West (Kawasaki) 1.41.729 15. Canepa (Ducati) 1.42.188 16. Okada (Honda) 1.43.143 17. Guareschi (Ducati) 1.43.399 18. Itoh (Ducati) 1.43 869