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sete gibernau breaks sepang lap record by over a second [Jan. 25th, 2006|01:17 pm]



Ducati on top once again at Sepang Test´s final day
Report, 25/01/06

Ducati Marlboro continued from where they left off in the third and final day of the Test in Sepang. Today it was again Sete Gibernau´s turn to head the leaderboard. The Spaniard, with a lap of 2´01.03- the best time of the entire 3 day test-overcame his teammate Loris Capirossi by less than three thousandths of a second.

Marco Melandri took third position with a fast lap which left him a breath away from the time achieved by the Ducatis. This came after he was somewhat off the pace on the Tuesday test. Dani Pedrosa continued his fast and consistent performances, closing the Malaysia Test with the fourth fastest lap. Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Shinya Nakano, Randy de Puniet, Toni Elías and Chris Vermeulen completed the top ten.

All of the teams, with the exception of Kawasaki Racing who extend their training program to stay an extra day, will bid farewell to the Malaysian circuit today until the preseason returns to Sepang in February. Next week Honda, Kawasaki and Ducati will test in Phillip Island, whilst Yamaha and Suzuki MotoGP will take to the track at the start of next month in Qatar.

Sepang Test – Day 3
Unofficial Times
1. Sete Gibernau(Ducati Marlboro) - 2’01.03
2. Loris Capirossi (Ducati Marlboro) - 2’01.08

3. Marco Melandri (Fortuna Honda) - 2’01.09
4. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) - 2’01.51
5. Valentino Rossi (Camel Yamaha) - 2’01.601
6. Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda) - 2’01.69
7. Shinya Nakano (Kawasaki Racing) - 2’01.79
8. Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki Racing) - 2’02.18
9. Toni Elías (Fortuna Honda) - 2’02.23
10. Chris Vermeulen (Suzuki MotoGP) - 2’02.37
11. Colin Edwards (Camel Yamaha) - 2’02.45
12. John Hopkins (Suzuki MotoGP) - 2’02.50
13. Casey Stoner (LCR Honda) - 2’02.67
14. Alex Hofmann (D’Antin Ducati) - 2’03.20
15. Kenny Roberts jr. (KR Honda) - 2’03.45
16. Shinichi Itoh (Ducati- Bridgestone) - 2’03.72
17. James Ellison (Yamaha Tech 3) - 2’04.12
18. Jose Luis Cardoso (D’Antin Ducati) - 2’04.30
19. Naoki Matsudo (Kawasaki Racing) - 2’05.48