Hayden fastest at Jerez, Pedrosa continues comeback. Repsol Honda rider Nicky Hayden rode the fastest lap during three busy days of testing at Jerez, the American this afternoon riding a lightning-quick lap on qualifiers, more than half a second...
Hayden fastest at Jerez, Pedrosa continues comeback.
Repsol Honda rider Nicky Hayden rode the fastest lap during three busy days of testing at Jerez, the American this afternoon riding a lightning-quick lap on qualifiers, more than half a second inside last year's Spanish GP pole position. Team-mate Dani Pedrosa used the final day of testing to continue his comeback following his recent hand injury but the Spaniard was hampered by the sometimes treacherously windy conditions. Testing started late this morning following a rain shower, the conditions staying cool and blustery throughout.
2006 MotoGP World Champion Hayden, who was also fastest on day one and third quickest in yesterday's official qualifying-style shootout session which was run in the wet, left the Spanish circuit in buoyant mood after some productive work on chassis set-up and Michelin tyre development.
Pedrosa, who broke bones in his right hand when he crashed at Sepang, Malaysia, four weeks ago, rode in some pain, icing the injured hand between outings. The three-time World Champion, who didn't ride in the wet yesterday, worked on his Repsol Honda RC212V to ease the stress on the injury.
The MotoGP paddock now moves to Qatar for the final pre-season tests at Losail (on February 28 and 29) where the first race of 2008 takes place under floodlights on the night of Mar ch 9.
Nicky Hayden -- fastest lap: 1m 38.848s (lap 81 of 82)
"It's definitely been a really positive and productive three days. We had high hopes coming here because when we tested here in November the bike worked pretty good and Michelin tyres normally work good at Jerez, so this is a good track for us, also there's no big long straightaways. The wind here has made it tough, the conditions haven't been easy, but I do feel more comfortable on this year's bike in the wind. The team really worked hard and made some good moves and good decisions. We didn't make a lot of big changes, we just got closer to race settings, tried a couple of qualifiers and did a 25 lap run. The chassis seems to be working good and also the tyres are working good. We tried a few different tyre options, and we're still checking data between the 16 and 16.5 rears. But the show hasn't started yet, we'll find out what everybody's really got and what we're in for when we get to Qatar but we leave here pretty happy. At the Qatar tests we'll see how it is under the lights and dial everything in for the first race."
Dani Pedrosa -- fastest lap:1m 41.352s (lap 33 of 35)
"After this morning's rain we were finally able to do some laps and it 's been a pretty good day for us. We were happy that we were able to test in the dry after yesterday's rain and we did similar work to what we did on Saturday. My right hand feels the same as it did on Saturday. We've been trying to make some changes to the bike to make it easier for the hand and that's been positive. But we weren't able to try too many things because it's been so windy, which makes it dangerous to ride fast, so it's been difficult to improve. I don't think the hand will be 100 per cent when we get to Qatar but I hope it will be better than it is now. We have ten days before the test, so we'll do as much therapy as we can in order to be ready for the tests and for the race. The last test at Qatar will be difficult, especially for us because we still have a lot of work to do. And it will also be tough because we'll be riding under floodlights for the first time, so we have to adapt to that. I hope th e track conditions will be good at night and the track temperature not too low."