Despite a negative weather forecast, the final day of the Sepang test was the only one of the three not affected by rain. Valentino Rossi stayed on the track until the last minute in order to complete as much work as possible for the Ducati engineers, who continue working on the development of the GP12. As for Nicky Hayden, despite still not being in perfect physical condition, he continued testing into the afternoon, and on his very last exit, he had a harmless low-speed fall in Turn 1.
Both riders found the new electronics that were introduced at this test to be a breakthrough, although they didn’t find the ideal setup for improving their lap times and ended the day in tenth and eleventh positions. Still, they both reduced their gap to the front considerably compared to the first test.
The next winter test is scheduled for March 23-25 at the Spanish Jerez circuit.
At the end of the second IRTA preseason tests, the main character of the MotoGP class is again the Australian Repsol Honda rider.
Casey Stoner set the fastest lap of the three days of testing with a best time of 2’00.473.
Dani Pedrosa jumped into the second place in the last hour of testing and just 0.175 ahead his team mate.
Surprisingly Andrea Dovizioso finished the three days of testing with the third fastest time (+0.329) and with the honour to be the first Yamaha rider.
Jorge Lorenzo who had been the shadow of Stoner during the test, doesn’t went on track in the last hour of the test, so he couldn’t improve when lots of riders made their best.
Valentino Rossi has had surgery today to remove the nail was in his knee which was grafted after the injury in the Italian Grand Prix in 2010. The surgery has been held in Rimini (Italy), near his home.
“The operation went well, started this morning at 10 am and ended at 11. Valentino Rossi woke up well,” said Professor Giannicola Lucidi. Now, the Ducati rider is already at home and will have to start rehabilitation in the coming days.
Both riders of the Ducati Corse team has been today at the hospital. Nicky Hayden announced yesterday that operation is taking place today.
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Valentino Rossi underwent a small operation this morning at Cattolica’s Cervesi hospital to remove the rod that was inserted in his right tibia following his practice crash at the 2010 Mugello GP. The injury is now completely healed.
The operation went well, and the Ducati Team rider will be ready for the second test in Malaysia, scheduled for February 28 to March 1
The third and final day of the Official MotoGP™ Test concluded on Thursday at Sepang, with Casey Stoner breaking under the 2 minute mark on just his second lap out to dominate the field by over half a second.
The first on-track MotoGP action of the year concluded on Thursday at the Sepang International Circuit, with the new 1000cc machines noticeably quicker than the 800s of last year as the top four paced under the circuit’s best lap set by Valentino Rossi in 2009.
Casey Stoner was half a second clear of the rest of the field on his Repsol Honda RC213V, with Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa his closest challengers the first part of the day, though an afternoon rain storm halted any attempts to catch up with the World Champion and all lap times from the morning remained unchanged.
The two riders completed a “shake-down” of the GP12, which will be tested in two weeks by the official riders, Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden.
During the three days, in which weather conditions were cold but fortunately dry , the work program was completed without any problems enabling the team to complete all checks in preparation to start the winter tests in Sepang, Malaysia from 31 January until 2 February 2012.
The event will be held Wednesday December 21st at 4 P.M. CET, right here on dainese.com. Valentino Rossi will be online live to answer questions made by fans from all over the world…
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