Capirossi fastest in Jerez
Ducati riders Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau dominated the final day of testing before the start of the MotoGP season, taking the two fastest times of the test.
The two Ducati riders were the only people to drop below the 1:40 mark in the three day test, proving that they will be a force to contend with in the coming season. Play MCN's Fantasy Road Race game for just £5 Shinya Nakano put in another strong performance to end the day in third but finished 0.3 seconds down on his session topping time from Saturday.
250cc world champion Dani Pedrosa took the fourth fastest time, with Nakano’s team-mate and MotoGP rookie Randy de Puniet finished over a second down in fifth.
Honda rider Nicky Hayden finished the day in sixth followed by Colin Edwards, Toni Elias and Chris Vermeulen.
Reigning MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi was the Surprise of the session , finishing in a lowly 10th place over a second and a half down on Capirossi after the return of the chatter problem that has dogged him in previous tests.MCN and owner bike reviews >>HERE<<
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There is now a two week break before the first race of the season on March 26.
Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team, 1:39.411
Sete Gibernau (SPA) Ducati Marlboro Team, 1:39.663
Shinya Nakano (JPN) Kawasaki Racing Team, 1:39.776
Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team, 1:40.416
Randy de Puniet (FRA) Kawasaki Racing Team, 1:40.468
Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda Team, 1:40.570
Colin Edwards (USA) Camel Yamaha Team, 1:40.721
Toni Elias (SPA) Fortuna Honda, 1:40.732
Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP, 1:40.750
Valentino Rossi (ITA) Camel Yamaha Team, 1:40.907
Carlos Checa (SPA) Tech 3 Yamaha, 1:41.134
Marco Melandri (ITA) Fortuna Honda, 1:41.208
John Hopkins (USA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP, 1:41.208
Makoto Tamada (JPN) Konica Minolta Honda, 1:41.380
Kenny Roberts (USA) Team Roberts, 1:41.673
Jose Luis Cardoso (SPA) D:Antin Pramac, 1:41.761
Alex Hofmann (GER) D:Antin Pramac, 1:42.034
James Ellison (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha, 1:42.686
Vittoriano Guareschi (ITA) Ducati, 1:42.759
Tadayuki Okada (JPN) HRC, 1:43.513