By Glenn FreemanThursday, November 15th 2007, 11:33 GMT
Randy de Puniet set the pace on the first day of MotoGP testing at Sepang on Thursday for the LCR Honda squad.
Despite a fall, the Frenchman continued to enjoy his switch to a new bike and Michelin tyres, as he set a time three tenths of a second faster than Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen.
Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi both stuck to using the 2007 Suzuki GSV-R, as rain in the afternoon prevented them from using the 2008 machine.
Colin Edwards was third fastest on his first day riding for the Tech 3 Yamaha squad, while his teammate James Toseland was the slowest of the MotoGP riders, 2.4 seconds adrift of De Puniet's best effort.
Andrea Dovizioso was the top 250cc graduate at the test as he set the fourth fastest time, while double 250cc world champion Jorge Lorenzo was only ninth fastest.
The Spaniard was the only factory Yamaha rider at the test, as Valentino Rossi is still recovering from the hand injury he sustained at Valencia.
Nicky Hayden was the only rider to test a 2008-spec bike during the first day, and the 2006 world champion set the seventh fastest time on his Repsol Honda.
Pos Rider Team Time Laps 1. Randy de Puniet Honda LCR 2:03.033 31 2. Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki 2:03.357 42 3. Colin Edwards Yamaha Tech 3 2:03.406 29 4. Andrea Dovizioso JiR Team Scot 2:03.607 21 5. Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki 2:03.748 29 6. Anthony West Kawasaki 2:04.068 35 7. Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda 2:04.164 36 8. John Hopkins Kawasaki 2:04.316 18 9. Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha 2:04.433 3310. James Toseland Yamaha Tech 3 2:05.438 29All Timing Unofficial