MotoGP Jerez test: Randy de Puniet crashes twice on final day

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Randy de Puniet has crashed twice on the third and final day of MotoGP testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain.

The French rider escaped injury in a crash under braking at the final corner earlier in the session, and he has just crashed the LCR Honda again on the entry to Turn Eight.

The former factory Kawasaki rider escaped uninjured in both crashes, as he tries to adapt Ohlins suspension on the RC212V.

Fastest rider at present is 2006 world champion Nicky Hayden, who has logged a best time of 1.39.514 using a Michelin qualifying tyre.

That was 0.4s faster than Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa’s previous best, with the Spaniard using a Michelin qualifier yesterday to post a best of 1.39.993.

Dani Pedrosa is currently second on the timesheets, with Tech 3 Yamaha’s Colin Edwards third quickest.

British rider James Toseland is eighth fastest with a best time of 1.41.415. That is just under 0.2sec slower than his best lap so far at the test set on the second day.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt