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20 March 2010 :: 13:03:08 pm 16151

Rossi Outpaces the Field in MotoGP Night Trials

MotoGP Champion Valentino Rossi was delighted when his perfect pre-season form carried over to the recently night testing performed in Qatar ahead of the new season.
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Qatar, the 20th of March 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: In previous trials at Sepang in Malaysia, Rossi had outclassed the field on his new M1 Fiat Yamaha bike, although Sepang is known to be one of his favoured race tracks. Losail, Qatar, was the location designated for this year night testing and Rossi once again outshone the field coming in with a lap time 0.315 seconds faster than former world champion Australian Casey Stoner.

Riding the Ducati manufacturer bike, Stoner was expected to be at the fore in testing having won the Qatar Grand Prix for the last 3 years. Newly promoted MotoGP rider Ben Spies came in third with a lap time of 0.552 slower than Rossi. Spies is riding the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team bike.

Rossi was interview in regards to his pre-season form and the new bikes performance, stating; “I am so happy today because this isn’t one of our best tracks and to come here and be fastest shows what a great job Yamaha has done with this new M1. We are quite competitive and this gives me a good feeling. We still have to decide the right tyre and the best setting for it, and we will keep working on the electronics but the most important thing is that we’re faster than last year!”

The first race of 2010 will then take place back at Qatar on the evening of April 11 with only the one testing day left taking place overnight.

Test times from Qatar:

1. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 1min 55.402 sec (64 laps)

2. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 1min 55.717 sec (48 laps)

3. Ben Spies USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1min 55.954 sec (44 laps)

4. Colin Edwards USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1min 56.540 sec (59 laps)

5. Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 1min 56.588 sec (54 laps)

6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda Team 1min 56.811 sec (65 laps)

7. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 1min 56.838 sec (45 laps)

8. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro Team 1min 56.855 sec (77 laps)

9. Mika Kallio FIN Pramac Racing 1min 56.923 sec (72 laps)

10. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team 1min 57.047 sec (60 laps)

11. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1min 57.099 sec (40 laps)

12. Marco Melandri ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1min 57.605 sec (63 laps)

13. Hector Barbera SPA Paginas Amarillas Ducati 1min 57.822 sec (62 laps)

14. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP 1min 57.888 sec (75 laps)

15. Marco Simoncelli ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1min 57.891 sec (63 laps)

16. Aleix Espargaro SPA Pramac Racing 1min 57.898 sec (67 laps)

17. Alvaro Bautista SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1min 57.960 sec (56 laps)

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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