Casey Stoner showed today that he is a quick rider in all conditions with the Ducati Desmosedici GP7, even in the cold and wet conditions that greeted the MotoGP riders the day after Sunday’s Spanish GP at Jerez.

The young Australian, determined to make use of the conditions and time available to test tyres and wet-weather set-up, put on his leathers and helmet late in the morning to notch up a best time of 1m51.736s in his 21 laps.

His Ducati Marlboro team-mate, Loris Capirossi, did not take part in the test as he returned to Monte Carlo on Sunday evening immediately after the race to be close to his wife Ingrid for the expected birth of their first child, Riccardo, in the next few days.


Test-rider Vittoriano Guareschi lapped with Stoner and in the hope that conditions will improve, the Ducati Test Team will remain at Jerez for the next two days in order to continue development work on the Ducati.

The MotoGP Championship now takes a three-week break before the Turkish GP race scheduled for April 22 at the Istanbul Park Circuit, the first track where there has been no winter testing and where as a result the new 2007 rules limiting the number of tyres will be put to the test.



Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro Team), 1m51.736s (21 laps)

“When I woke up this morning and saw that, like in Qatar, we were unable to test in normal conditions, I tried to look on the bright side of things: I’ve only tested the Bridgestone wets once and this was a good opportunity to do some more laps. For sure it would have been better to test in the dry but at least the day wasn’t wasted. We worked on the tyres and the electronics without trying to go for a quick time. I’m pleased with the way things went and I think it will be useful for races with similar conditions. Now I’m going back to Monte Carlo for a day or two and then back home to Australia, where I’ll start to train for the Turkish GP, a race that I like a lot”.

Conditions: wet. Temperatures: air 13 Celsius / track 12 Celsius

Times, Monday 26 March 2007

1. Olivier Jacque (Kawasaki) 1’51.422 (52 giri)
2. Randy De Puniet (Kawasaki) 1’51.502 (59)
3. Chris Vermeulen (Suzuki) 1’51.536 (27)
4. Kenny Roberts Jr (Kr-Honda) 1’51.567 (30)
5. Casey Stoner (Ducati) 1’51.736 (21)
6. Carlos Checa (Honda) 1’51.827 (44)
7. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1’51.899 (41)
8. Alex Barros (Ducati) 1’52.129 (36)
9. Toni Elias (Honda) 1’52.198 (56)
10. Shinya Nakano (Honda) 1’52.212 (53)
11. Nicky Hayden (Honda) 1’52.637 (67)
12. Marco Melandri (Honda) 1’52.842 (45)
13. Alex Hofmann (Ducati) 1’52.904 (55)
14. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 1’53.104 (36)
15. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1’53.240 (51)
16. Silvayn Guintoli (Yamaha) 1’55.992 (44)
17. Makoto Tamada (Yamaha) 1’57.917 (38)
18. Akiyoshi Kousuke (Suzuki) 1’58.635 (36)
19. Vittoriano Guareschi (Ducati) 2’00.291 (33)


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