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"Winter test in the scorching sun..riiiighhhtt..." - 2012 MotoGP Sepang Winter Test I

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    No 56k: "Winter test in the scorching sun..riiiighhhtt..." - 2012 MotoGP Sepang Winter Test I

    After two months of not touching the ol' faithful (my Nikon D300), I brought out the camera to Sepang for MotoGP's first Test of 2012.

    I did kinda got rusty a bit. So the Winter Test was useful for me to get into the 'groove' again before my ultimate favourite event of 2012 arrives, Formula 1.

    #1. 2010 MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo.



    #2. The Doctor heading out.



    #3. Cal Cruthlow's of Monster Yamaha Tech3 Yamaha YZR-M1



    #4. 2011 MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner of Repsol Honda Team on his Honda RC213V.



    #5. Katsuyuki Nakasuga, test rider for Yamaha Factory Racing.

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    #6. 2011 MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner at Turn 3. Look closely at his number #1 and you'll see his traditional #27 at the bottom right corner.



    #7. Hector Barbera of Pramac Racing Team



    #8. Hawt Russian Photographer



    #9. "Meh, our Desmosedici GP12 is still slow this year."



    #10. Hector Barbera on his Ducati Desmosedici GP12.

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      #11. Franco Battaini, test rider for Ducati Team trailing Cal Crutchlow at Turn 2.



      #12. Franco Battaini leaving the pits.



      #13. 2010 MotoGP Champion, Jorge Lorenzo leaving the pits.



      #14. The Doctor, Valentino Rossi on a cursory lap around Turn 4.



      #15. Notice that Rossi's 2012 helmet is an amalgam of his and departed best friend, Marco Simoncelli's helmet design. Lovely gesture from Rossi.

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        #16. Casey Stoner leaving the Repsol Honda pits.



        #17. Slow shutter artsy-fartsy shot.



        #18. Hector Barbera #8 leading Karel Abraham of Cardion AB Motoracing at the main straight.



        #19. A pair of Brembo calipers.



        #20. Jorge Lorenzo on his Yamaha YMZ-M1 at Turn 4.

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          #21. Valentino Rossi arriving at his Ducati pits after a few laps out.



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          #23. Casey Stoner on his Honda RC213V at Turn 4.



          #24. Ben Spies of Yamaha Factory Racing putting on his racing gloves in preparation to head out.



          #25. Rossi approaching Turn 5.

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            #26. Jorge Lorenzo.



            #27. Valentino Rossi.



            #28. 2006 MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden.



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            #30. Valentino Rossi at Turn 14.

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              #31. Valentino Rossi doing his pre-ride ritual.



              #32. Franco Battaini going down the back straight.



              #33. Rossi giving interviews at the end of Sepang Winter Test I.



              #34. 2011 Moto2 Champion Stefan Bradl now riding with LCR Honda MotoGP.



              #35. Rossi giving us photographers a treat before heading back to the pits.

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                #36. Ben Spies of Yamaha Factory Racing.



                #37. Casey Stoner giving interviews at the end of the three day Sepang Winter Test I.



                #38. Jorge Lorenzo arriving at his pits after numerous laps out.



                #39. Valentino Rossi.



                #40. Valentino Rossi blasting past the main grandstand.





                THE END!!

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                  #9
                  Nice pictures, as usual. Glad to see Ben back on the track as well.

                  Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
                  Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
                  Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
                  Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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                    #10
                    Great photos! Thanks for posting!

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                      #11
                      I really hope you can make it to the second test, as those are some great photos. How about trying to catch a video clip or two of the CRT bikes.

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                        #12
                        Awesome!

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