MotoGP riders stayed on to test at the Istanbul Park circuit in Turkey following the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday, April 30, 2006.
Camel Yamaha Riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards made the most of a dry day on Monday, May 1, to find better base settings and gather data for the next race in China. The Turkish GP saw rain interrupt practice and qualifying, with Rossi finishing in fourth in the race after charging hard through the pack, and Edwards finishing ninth.
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Rossi was able to post a fastest time of 1:52.61 at the Michelin organised test, completing a total of 72 laps. Edwards completed 60 laps and posted a best time of 1:53.31.
Also testing were Honda riders Marco Melandri, Casey Stoner, Nicky Hayden Dani Pedrosa and Makoto Tamada. Stoner dominated the session, making up for losing Sunday's race by half a second, posting the fastest lap 1:52.42
Kenny Roberts Jr was also testing the Team Roberts KR machine, lapping in a time of 1:53.6 on race tyres, which was almost two seconds better than his best race lap.