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Walker crashes out, Barros quickest in session

Walker crashes out, Barros quickest in session

British rider Chris Walker suffered a spectacular crash with just two minutes remaining of the second free practice session here in Assen this morning. The red flag was put out immediately when it appeared that the injury was serious, although initial reports are that he has been lucky just to have suffered severe bruising on his head. The practice was delayed by 10 minutes, and because only 2 minutes 4 seconds remained, nobody was able to improve on their lap times, as there was not enough time to complete one lap before the chequered flag.

Last year´s winner in the wet Alex Barros proved that there didn´t need to be a downpour before he could be at the head of the pack, he led the session for a large chunk of the hour, after having trailed Rossi on his 5th out of 21 laps. His time remained at the end of the session and means there is bound to be great competition for grid places this afternoon.

Behind Barros was championship leader Valentino Rossi, with Kenny Roberts Jr. in third. Provisional pole holder Loris Capirossi was down in 5th spot, but as 0.013 covered the distance between him and Rossi, he will not be too worried.

Home rider Barry Veneman also left the track on a stretcher but should be fine, and there was another crash for Nori Haga, who was able to walk away. Meanwhile Garry McCoy did not take part in the practice and it is not certain yet whether he will ride in the qualifiers this afternoon.

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