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Alex Barros stutters to fastest time in 500 as rain falls sporadically at Phillip Island

Alex Barros stutters to fastest time in 500 as rain falls sporadically at Phillip Island

The disappointing morning weather continued for the 500 bikes as less than half the time available in their first free practice took place under dry conditions. The rain arrived after 25 minutes of the session, but the shower lasted just minutes, and as the riders returned to make a couple more laps of a relatively dry track, the showers began again. Late in the session Roberts, Haslam and Nakano braved the wet weather, but obviously were unable to improve on the early time of Alex Barros.

Barros didn´t even come out of his pit box for the first ten minutes of the session, perhaps one look at the miserable clouds made him think twice about riding, but once he got out there, he was quickly at the head of the others, setting his fastest time of 1´35.586 on lap six out of his seven in total. He was trailed by Spaniard Carlos Checa, one of the few riders to have improved positions in the second period of practice, with Valentino Rossi in third.

Behind these front three came Haga, Gibernau and vd Goorbergh who may all fancy their chances in a wet weather race, which should go someway to putting their bikes in a position to challenge for top spots. There was one faller in the session, Barry Veneman of the Dee Cee team, who fell in the dry conditions at the beginning of the session.

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500cc, 2001

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