We knew as the rain hit Jerez this weeks that the weather would be a significant factor at the Spanish GP, and the added moisture on the track has already affted the MotoGP riders as they took to the track for their warm-up session this morning. If you placed your money on Casey Stoner to win the Spanish GP, your money might be safe, as the Australian is still eclipsing the field with his lap times.
However with Valentino Rossi slotting in as second quickest this morning, and Nicky Hayden a not-so-distant fourth, it would appear that the Ducati Desmosedici GP11 favors the wet weather a bit more than their counterparts (check out Ben Spies down in the fourteenth position).
As for the other Repsol Honda front-man Dani Pedrosa, you’ll find him down in the timesheets somewhere around the seventh position. There’s of course a whole race still to be run before we’ll see the results of the Spanish GP, but Rossi/Ducati fans have at least some glimmer of sunshine in an otherwise rainy day at Jerez.
MotoGP Warm-Up Results from the Spanish GP in Jerez, Spain:
|1||27||Casey STONER||AUS||Repsol Honda Team||1’50.297|
|2||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Ducati Team||1’50.888||0.591|
|3||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Repsol Honda Team||1’51.137||0.840|
|4||69||Nicky HAYDEN||USA||Ducati Team||1’51.176||0.879|
|5||1||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Yamaha Factory Racing||1’51.273||0.976|
|6||58||Marco SIMONCELLI||ITA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||1’51.462||1.165|
|7||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||1’51.476||1.179|
|8||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1’52.025||1.728|
|9||14||Randy DE PUNIET||FRA||Pramac Racing Team||1’52.050||1.753|
|10||5||Colin EDWARDS||USA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1’52.376||2.079|
|11||65||Loris CAPIROSSI||ITA||Pramac Racing Team||1’53.163||2.866|
|12||21||John HOPKINS||USA||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP||1’53.329||3.032|
|13||8||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP||1’53.535||3.238|
|14||11||Ben SPIES||USA||Yamaha Factory Racing||1’53.589||3.292|
|15||17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Cardion AB Motoracing||1’53.963||3.666|
|16||7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||JPN||San Carlo Honda Gresini||1’54.606||4.309|
|17||24||Toni ELIAS||SPA||LCR Honda MotoGP||1’56.451||6.154|
Photo: Ducati Corse