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Valencia’s MotoGP: A test of time for 8 riders and their new team rides

Tuesday’s post season testing at Valencia was to be the stage where the public got to witness several riders being introduced to their new bikes on the track for the first time. It was a great day out even in spite of the increasingly cold, wet and windy weather conditions.

Casey Stoner, former rider for Marlboro Ducati for the last 4 years tested his new RC212V Honda yesterday at Valencia. The Aussie clearly proved that his talents don’t just lie with his former Desmosedici by finishing his first day out 2nd on the timesheet.  Casey ended his day by achieving the highest place in the seven riders making their debut on their new manufacturer bikes. Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest of the day.

Stoner also beat his best lap time from Sunday’s race day.

The former Fiat Yamaha rider, Valentino Rossi spent yesterday bonding with his new ride with Ducati. Hopefully his 10th position on the timesheet will not reflect his future with the Italian-based team. His resilient fans will have to keep in mind that the point of testing is to do just that, test the elements of the machine and what the engine needs to proceed into the 2011 season. The main focus for the team was whether to go with the screamer or the big bang engine on the GP-11.   

Cal Crutchlow, the former British WSBK Champion made his first appearance on his Yamaha Monster Tech 3 YZR-M1, replacing Ben Spies spot. Despite a non injury crash half way through the ominous afternoon, Cal felt good about his outing. Not being sure about the reason behind the crash, it’s reasonable to speculate that is was the result of a new hard rear tyre with the combination of a dirty track wet track.

The former French LCR Honda rider Randy De Puniet had a successful meet and greet with his new Desmosedici GP10 on Tuesday’s test sessions. His goal for the day was to learn about the new machine and in the process, he managed to set 11th, in his overall fastest time of the afternoon.

Even though Loris Capirossi still technically remains under contract with Rizla Suzuki, the well seasoned Italian was one of the first on the track to become acquainted with his new Pramac Ducati. Loris concentrated more on gaining confidence and knowledge in what the bike could deliver and not so much on his lap times on Tuesday’s testing. Committed to finding a good base setting, Loris completed 71 laps and placed 15th.

The Rookie of the Year for 2010 Yamaha Monster Tech 3 rider Ben Spies took a big step forward by becoming a factory team member for the upcoming 2011 season. The American spent his time on the wet tarmac adjusting to the new 2011 YZR-M1 prototype, dialing in the chassis settings, all while setting the fastest time at the end of the day,  placing 3rd on the timesheet.

Former Moto-2 Toni Elias has now advanced to MotoGP’s premier class for LCR Honda. Elais finished in 16th place battling the blistering weather conditions and looks forward to Wednesday’s round and hopefully better weather conditions.

Hiroshi Aoyama made his debut with the San Carlo Honda Gresini team on Tuesday, setting the 12th fastest time of the opening day’s Testing at Valencia. The former Honda Inderwetten Japanese rider made 67 laps on his RC212V.

Wednesday November 10th will kick off day 2 another round of testing at the Spanish Stadium.

2010 MotoGP Valencia Day 1 Test Results:

1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1’32.012

2. Casey Stoner (Honda) 1’32.775
3. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 1’32.878
4. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1’32.912
5. Marco Simoncelli (Honda) 1’32.919
6. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) 1’33.190
7. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 1’33.513
8. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) 1’33.558
9. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 1’33.716
10. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) 1’33.882
11. Randy De Puniet (Ducati) 1’33.914
12. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 1’33.953
13. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 1’34.110
14. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1’34.314
15. Loris Capirossi (Ducati) 1’34.631
16. Toni Elias (Honda) 1’35.058
17. Karel Abraham (Ducati) 1’35.076

November 10, 2010 - Posted by | Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo, Loris Capirossi, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, motorcycles, Randy De Puniet, toni elais, Valencia, Valentino Rossi

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