MotoGP Sepang test: Heavy rain affects practice as Randy de Puniet goes fastest

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Heavy rain has interrupted day one of the three day MotoGP test in Sepang.

LCR Honda’s Randy de Puniet set the fastest time of the day with a 2:03.033. He was also the fastest rider in the opening practice session at the Malaysian MotoGP last month with Kawasaki.

Suzuki’s Chris Vermeulen was second fastest after day one with a best lap of 2:03.357 with Colin Edwards third with his new Tech 3 Yamaha team.

Britain’s James Toseland finished his first day on the Tech 3 Yamaha in 10th with a best lap of 2:05.438. He crashed out of the test on his Yamaha YZR-M1 but was unhurt.

Fiat Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi is not testing this week as he continues to recover from the broken hand he suffered at the last round of the season in Valencia.

Sepang MotoGP test unofficial times:

1. Randy de Puniet (Honda) 2’03.033
2. Chris Vermeulen (Suzuki) 2’03.357
3. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 2’03.406
4. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) 2’03.607
5. Loris Capirossi (Suzuki) 2’03.748
6. Anthony West (Kawasaki) 2’04.068
7. Nicky Hayden (Honda) 2’04.164
8. John Hopkins (Kawasaki) 2’04.316
9. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 2’04.433
10. James Toseland (Yamaha) 2’05.438

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Sarah Carnell

By Sarah Carnell