ולנטינו רוסי על הימאהה בנפח 800 הסמ"ק, היה המהיר יותר במבחני קבוצות המוטו GP שנערכו ביומיים האחרונים במסלול המירוצים בחרז. רוסי היה המהיר ביותר הן ביום הראשון בו רכבו רוכבי הקבוצות על מסלול רטוב, והן בחציו השני של היום השני, שם היה המסלול יבש לחלוטין ובמזג אויר נעים. רוסי קבע על המסלול היבש זמן הקפה של דקה ארבעים שניות וכ-7 עשיריות השניה, שהם פחות מעשירית שניה מהיר פחות משיא המסלול שרוסי עצמו מחזיק בחרז.
גם בן קבוצתו של רוסי, קולין אדוארדס שהגיע שלישי, וגם רוסי, ציינו כי כל תופעות הלוואי שאפיינו את ה-M1 של 2006, נעלמו כלא היו בדגם החדש, וכי האופנוע מתנהג למופת. מי שנחשב ליריבו הגדול של רוסי ל-2007, דני פדרוסה, קבע את הזמן השני המהיר ביותר אחרי רוסי עם פער של מעט יותר מעשירית שניה בלבד, אך נאלץ לפרוש לפני סיום המבחנים בשל תקלה באופנוע. אלכס בארוס הותיק, שיחל את העונה ה-17 שלו בגרנד פרי לאחר פרישה כפויה של שנה בסופרבייק, קבע על הדוקאטי החצי רשמי את הזמן העשירי בטיבו. אלוף העולם, ניקי היידן, לא השתתף כזכור במבחנים בחרז, בשל ניתוח שהוא עובר בימים אלה בכתפו.
תוצאות המבחנים מחרז - היום השני:
1. Valentino Rossi (Camel Yamaha) 1'40.688
2. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) 1'40.799
3. Colin Edwards (Camel Yamaha) 1'41.186
4. John Hopkins (Rizla Suzuki) 1'41.205
5. Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki) 1'41.619
6. Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro) 1'41.702
7. Loris Capirossi (Ducati Marlboro) 1'42.244
8. Marco Melandri (Gresini Honda) 1'42.469
9. Shinya Nakano (Konica Minolta Honda) 1'42.528
10. Alex Barros (Ducati Marlboro) 1'43.182
11. Tady Okada (Repsol Honda) 1'43.316
12. Vittorio Guareschi (Ducati Marlboro) 1'44.449
13. Jeremy McWilliams (Ilmor) 1'45.265
14. Andrew Pitt (Ilmor) 1'47.110
ראיונות הרוכבים מתוך אתר motorcycle-usa
Valentino Rossi (Camel Yamaha) 1'40.688: "I did a lot of laps today, the most of all the riders so it was quite a tough day despite missing the morning! We had to make up for the time we missed yesterday too and everyone worked very hard to get through all the work we had. It was a good day and helpful for us to have time to do so many laps. We continued working with two different chassis, trying to find the best way forward and check the differences between them. We also got time to do some important tire work with Michelin and it seems they have some good new things which are working well with our bike. I hope that the weather will stay like this tomorrow because we've still got quite a lot we want to do before the end of the test. We'll continue with the work we did today, check and confirm everything and then I hope we can finish for the year feeling positive!"
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) 1'40.799: "We had a good day's testing and I'm pleased with how things went today. We tried many chassis and suspension adjustments on the bike, finding the combinations that worked best with the Michelin tires we tested. My lap-times were quite good and I went faster than in the race at the beginning of the season, but you can't read too much into this because November is good time for going fast at Jerez. We're hoping it stays dry for tomorrow so we can continue this progress."
Colin Edwards (Camel Yamaha) 1'41.186: "We got here this morning and the track was still seriously wet from yesterday so we had to sit around for a while to wait for it to dry out. The afternoon was good though and we spent a large part of it testing front tires for Michelin, following on from where we got to in Malaysia. We wanted to re-confirm that what we tried in Sepang is the right way to go and it's definitely working well here too so we're going in the right direction. We tried various different fronts and I'm pretty happy with the situation. We didn't try anything special on the rear, just kept a standard test tire in, but we still put in some good times so that's encouraging. We played about with some new engine mapping and then got some chassis work done at the end of the day. In the end we tried a setting more or less identical to Valentino's, just to compare, and I could ride well with that too. It seems we've both found different settings that are working well so it's just going to be a case of seeing what works best at each track. I'm pretty happy, we're making progress and things are looking good so far."
Marco Melandri (Gresini Honda) 1'42.469: "It has been a better day it's really the first day with the new bike after the rain of yesterday. We started working on the geometry of the machine to try and understand the possibilities we have for chassis settings. I'm not so happy yet I have not found a good connection between throttle, engine and rear wheel. Funny because even with less power from the 800cc I still have wheel spin. We tried some things on suspension and of course tested with Bridgestone tires. In the end I had a good feeling getting the bike to turn better, it was good in the fast corners but we have to work on the bike to get it to turn better in the slow to mid-range speed corners. Tomorrow we will work on improving the suspension set up."
Shinya Nakano (Konica Minolta Honda) 1'42.463: "Not so bad for my first real day of testing on the RC212V. First I had to find a comfortable riding position before we started to work on the bike. Once I had found that we worked on suspension settings and changed the front forks before working on the rear end. After we found the best machine balance for me I started working on front tire testing and we found a very positive direction to work in. The engine is powerful but easy to control a much different feeling to any other bike I have raced. I'm happy because I could ride normally without worrying and that's good. Tomorrow we will work on the gearbox to help me understand more about the potential of this bike."
Loris Capirossi (Ducati Marlboro) 1'42.244: "We spent most of the day working on the new software, which however is not quite ready. We were unable to devote much time to tires and set-up and as a result obviously could not set any quick times. However we found out a lot of information and it is normal that in this period we are exploring new ways of development. Tomorrow if the weather holds good I think that we can go much better."
Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro) 1'41.702: "It was a very busy day and we had a lot of things to test. Late in the afternoon we made considerable progress and I am very pleased with that as well as with the way the team works. We've still got a lot of work to do with the new bike but it's got a lot of potential and I am convinced I can go a lot quicker. I am very satisfied and hopefully tomorrow the weather will be good again so we can continue the work we started today."
Alex Barros (Pramac d'Antin) 1'43.187: "I am very satisfied with the positive impressions I had on the new Ducati 800cc. Our first real test day was useful to discover the potential of the Ducati-Bridgestone binomial, and I am very happy about the Bridgestone performance. We worked on the machine balance and we can definitely improve our times with chassis and suspension changes. Basically, this was my first full day of testing with the new generation 800cc, and I just need more laps on the machine to understand it's nuances, but its definitely easier to ride than the 990cc. It has higher corner speed, and you can get on the gas very hard and really early with this bike. It was an intense day, as I predicted, but there were a lot of interesting discoveries we made. I need to get as many practice laps on the bike as possible to help unlock the secrets of the GP7, and to see the direction we need to take in order to find the best possible set-up for the machine. Both the team and I are very motivated, as this a completely new start for us. We want to be competitive in the next season."
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