MotoGP: The Spanish GP Could Get Interesting – Valentino Rossi Second Fastest in Warm Up as Rain Hits Jerez

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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:

Pos. No. Rider Nation Team Time Diff.
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