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Old 03-01-2009, 11:55 PM   #1
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DESERT STORM AS RAIN HITS QATAR: NICKY HAYDEN QUICKEST AS STONER SITS IT OUT


The first day of a three-day test for the Ducati Marlboro Team got
underway after a minor setback in Losail, where the desert landscape
was hit by rain! With a scheduled start of 6pm local time, the session
was interrupted almost immediately by a red flag after a light downpour,
which lasted barely ten minutes. Several riders, Nicky Hayden included,
got a handful of laps in before returning to join the rest of the riders
watching the weather from pit-lane.

At around 9pm a group of rider representatives, including Stoner and
Rossi, convened with the circuit officials to discuss the state of the track
not only because of the rain but also because of the sand that had blown
onto the surface beforehand. With the section between turns 11 and 12
still damp, the riders continued to wait and at around 10:30pm track
action resumed, although Rossi, Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Capirossi and Stoner
decided to wait for better conditions tomorrow.

Nicky Hayden completed a total of 31 laps, including the fastest of the
day. As usual the American was prepared to make the best of the
conditions, testing some electronic updates and a new fork.

Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro Team), fastest lap: 2’02.717 (on lap 29
of 31)

“I haven’t seen rain in Qatar in all my life and I never thought I would! But
today we’d barely got the bike on track and it started to come down. We
had to spend a long time in the garage because even though a part of the
track had dried out there was a section that stayed damp for a while. The
track conditions were tricky and there wasn’t much feedback, which
meant we couldn’t do the work we had planned. We’ve got a few different
things to try so hopefully the weather is better tomorrow so we can get
some work done.”

Losail Circuit
Circuit Record: Casey Stoner (Ducati – 2008) 1’55.153
Best pole: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha – 2008) 1’53.927
Unofficial lap times 01/03/2009

1. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 2’00.717 (31 laps)
2. Marco Melandri (Kawasaki) 2’00.867 (35)
3. Mika Kallio (Ducati) 2’01.020 (29)
4. Alex De Angelis (Honda) 2’01.074 (15)
5. Niccolò Canepa (Ducati) 2’01.328 (26)
6. Chris Vermeulen (Suzuki) 2’01.843 (6)
7. Yuki Takahashi (Honda) 2’03.221 (18 )
8. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) 2’03.233 (15)
9. James Toseland (Yamaha) 2’03.417 (7)
10. Randy De Puniet (Honda) 2’03.580 (18 )
11. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 2’03.652 (5)
12. Toni Elias (Honda) 2’08.637 (3)
13. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 2’24.832 (1)
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Valentino Rossi: Position: 14 Time: 12'31.872 Laps: 1
“Five minutes of rain really gave us a lot of problems today. First we waited and then finally we decided to abandon it. I hope tomorrow it’s back to normal because this was our worst race last year and we need the time to see where we are and continue to improve with our new package.”

He ran a 12 minute lap!!


Jorge Lorenzo: Position: 13 Time: 2'24.832 Laps: 1
“I went out and on the third lap it started to rain – I couldn’t believe it! It seems strange to have rain in the desert and it’s been a nightmare for the team because we have lost a whole day. I hope it’s better tomorrow because I really want to try the new electronic system and also I need to keep working to improve with the Bridgestone tyres.”
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