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Rossi breaks Jerez lap record in 500 second free practice

Rossi breaks Jerez lap record in 500 second free practice

Valentino Rossi was once again sensational in the second free practice session for the 500 riders. The Italian made it look easy as he shot to the top of the time charts after just 10 minutes of the session and was never threatened as he gathered pace by the lap, breaking records and dealing blows to his rivals´ confidence each time he blasted down the start-finish straight.

Rossi´s fastest lap of 1´42.421 was almost half a second quicker than the previous circuit best lap set in 2000 by Max Biaggi. Tohru Ukawa was the only rider who even looked like threatening Rossi´s dominance, but in the end the Japanese 500 rookie was almost a full second off the pace. Even so, Ukawa´s effort was the closest any of the other riders could get to Rossi and he headed a group of pilots in the 1´43 bracket which was made up of Norick Abe, Alex Criville, Shinya Nakano, Alex Barros, Loris Capiross and Kenny Roberts.

´The Doctor´ has stamped his authority on each of the sessions so far this weekend and is not likely to concede much ground in this afternoon´s final qualifying session. The Honda rider is expected to take his second consecutive pole position and on this form will be many people´s favourite for tomorrow´s race.

Carlos Checa was the only faller in this morning´s session, sliding into the gravel after losing the front end of his Yamaha. The Spanish crowd breathed a sigh of relief when he immediately sprung to his feet and finished the session on his spare bike.

500cc, 2001

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