Jerez IRTA Tests Jerez, Spain Saturday 26th March WET-WEATHER WORK FOR ROSSI AND EDWARDS DURING RAINY MORNING IN JEREZ The second day of the Jerez IRTA Tests began with heavy rain and Gauloises Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin ...
Jerez IRTA Tests
Saturday 26th March
WET-WEATHER WORK FOR ROSSI AND EDWARDS DURING RAINY MORNING IN JEREZ
The second day of the Jerez IRTA Tests began with heavy rain and Gauloises Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards spent the morning doing some worthwhile wet-weather testing on the soaked track. The rain eased off as the day wore on and by mid afternoon the Spanish sun had appeared and, coupled with a brisk wind, had dried the track enough for the riders to go back out on slick tyres and put in some faster times. Rossi and Edwards continued to test tyres and work on set-up and finished the day seventh and ninth fastest.
The riders were pleased with the performance of their new 2005-spec YZR-M1s in the wet conditions. Both the world champion and his new team-mate made the most of the better conditions later on and continued testing right up to the six o'clock deadline, although with the track still slightly slippery, none of the 22 MotoGP riders were able to better their times from yesterday.
The fastest rider of the day was Shinya Nakano, who posted a time of 1'42.112 on his Kawasaki. Honda rider Nicky Hayden was under a tenth of a second slower with a time of 1'42.139. Sete Gibernau (Honda, 1'42.278) was third and Suzuki rider John Hopkins, fastest yesterday, was fourth today with a lap of 1'42.359. Rossi completed 42 laps, setting his best on the 39th in a time of 1'42.710, just inside the existing lap record of 1'42.788 but slower than his time from yesterday of 1'41.273. Edwards, who posted a time of 1'42.018 during yesterday's session, recorded a best time today of 1'43.095 on the 55th of 57 laps.
VALENTINO ROSSI (1'42.710, 42 laps)
"I was really pleased to get the chance to try the bike in the wet and I was very happy with the level we were at in the rain. The afternoon was drier but we were not quite as good as yesterday; we tried out a different rear tyre, but it didn't really help. Still, it was important to try and I am glad because we've learnt something from testing it. As a result, we were slower this afternoon but still not bad, and I was more or less happy. I hope that tomorrow it will be dry so we can go back to the settings we had yesterday and make the final alterations we need before we come back here for the first race in two weeks time."
COLIN EDWARDS (1'43.095, 57 laps)
"I was really happy with the bike in the rain, and I think we were about 90% right with it. All the electrical aspects and the settings were good. The track was a little bit slippery this afternoon after the sun came out, but in some ways that was good because it exaggerated some of the small problems we still have. Now we know what we need to do about them tomorrow and, hopefully, how to fix them. The most important thing for us tomorrow is to find more traction."
JEREMY BURGESS -- ROSSI'S CREW CHIEF
"We've known since we got here that there was a risk of rain today and so we were prepared for it this morning. Unfortunately it didn't rain for long enough to do everything that we wanted, but we were more than happy with the performance of the bike and rider in those conditions. The package worked okay and there certainly weren't any big issues."
<pre> TIMES: 1. Shinya Nakano Kawasaki Racing Team 1'42.112 2. Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda Team 1'42.139 3. Sete Gibernau Team Movistar Honda 1'42.278 4. John Hopkins Team Suzuki MotoGP 1'42.359 5. Marco Melandri Team Movistar Honda 1'42.573 6. Alex Hofmann Kawasaki Racing Team 1'42.699 7. VALENTINO ROSSI GAULOISES YAMAHA TEAM 1'42.710 8. Kenny Roberts Team Suzuki MotoGP 1'43.083 9. COLIN EDWARDS GAULOISES YAMAHA TEAM 1'43.095 10. Troy Bayliss Ducati Marlboro Team 1'43.130