A grey and cloudy sky cast an ominous shadow over the Jerez circuit at the start of the third and final day of the MotoGP Official Test, but more strong winds eventually opened the way for an afternoon of blue skies and bright sunshine drying out the circuit and allowing the riders to complete their testing programme.

Stoner picked up where he’d left off on the first day of the test by working on his dry setting and the World Champion ended the day reflecting positively on the outcome with both race and qualifying tyres, even though his fastest lap was set when conditions weren’t at their optimum. A small crash midway through the afternoon did nothing to dent the Australian’s satisfaction at a job well done over the three days.

Melandri continued to work hard with his crew to improve the feeling with the rear end of his bike although he was unable to find the ideal setting for this track.

The next appointment for the Ducati MotoGP Team is a two-day test under floodlights in Doha, Qatar, on the 28th and 29th February.

Casey Stoner (Ducati MotoGP Team), best time: 1.39.845 (57 laps)

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"The conditions haven’t been perfect here this weekend but this afternoon the sun came back out and we were finally able to get some good laps in and work on finding some more grip on the rear. We had another chassis setting prepared on my second bike but the crash meant that we weren’t able to switch the tyres over and make a direct comparison so that was a shame. The wind was making it quite difficult in some corners and it didn’t help with the crash but it was just a small front end slide and I was fine. We were able to continue the test and I tried out a completely new qualifying tyre. We actually tried it at the wrong time of the day because the wind was up and I could have gone much faster a little later on but the point of the test wasn’t to set the fastest time but to see if the new qualifier was better than the previous one, which it was so that was positive. Generally speaking it has been a very positive test although we have been careful not to make the setting too specific to this circuit because it is very unique and you often find that the same setting doesn’t work as well anywhere else. Now I’m really looking forward to going to Qatar, seeing how the bike goes there and making the final preparations for the start of the season."

Marco Melandri (Ducati MotoGP Team), best time: 1.41.292 (72 laps)

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"I can’t deny that I was hoping to do better here but the continual changes in weather and track conditions haven’t helped. At the moment we’re struggling to find a good balance for the rear of the bike so I don’t have the confidence to make the most out of the power. This circuit in particular is also probably not the most favourable for us but we still have to improve. Hopefully we can do that in Qatar, where a night test will provide something of the unknown for everybody."

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Suppo and Melandri

Jerez Circuit info

Circuit Record: Valentino Rossi (Yamaha - 2005) 1’40.596
Best pole: Loris Capirossi (Ducati - 2006) 1’39.064

Lap times:

  • 1. Hayden (Honda) 1.38.848 al 81° (82)
  • 2. Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1.39.252 al 60° (60)
  • 3. Dovizioso (Honda) 1.39.313 al 56° (62)
  • 4. De Puniet (Honda) 1.39.351 al 68° (68)
  • 5. Rossi (Yamaha) 1.39.568 all’79° (79)
  • 6. Toseland (Yamaha) 1.39.727 al 36° (36)
  • 7. Stoner (Ducati) 1.39.845 al 28° (57)
  • 8. De Angelis (Honda) 1.39.932 al 54° (56)
  • 9. Nakano (Honda) 1.40.333 al 66° (66)
  • 10. Capirossi (Suzuki) 1.40.442 al 35° (50)
  • 11. Vermeulen (Suzuki) 1.40.576 al 42° (62)
  • 12. West (Kawasaki) 1.41.026 al 39° (65)
  • 13. Guintoli (Ducati) 1.41.615 al 34° (46)
  • 14. Melandri (Ducati) 1.41.292 al 69° (72)
  • 15. Elias (Ducati) 1.41.311 al 71° (71)
  • 16. Pedrosa (Honda) 1.41.699 al 33° (35)
  • 17. Canepa (Ducati) 1.42.160 al 72° (74)
  • 18. Hopkins (Kawasaki) 1.42.970 al 17° (20)
  • 19. Jacque (Kawasaki) 1.43.496 al 17° (18)
  • 20. Guareschi (Ducati) 1.45.597 al 28° (66)
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