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McCoy makes himself at home on Phillip Island

McCoy makes himself at home on Phillip Island

Garry McCoy made home advantage count today in the first qualifying practice for the Qantas Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island. The Camden-born rider took provisional pole position for Sunday´s race with a late show which saw him prise Alex Barros off top spot after the chequered flag had been waved. The Brazilian had been fastest for much of the afternoon on a track which was slightly damp in some areas at the start of the session but dried out to set up an exciting finale.

Valentino Rossi recovered from a fall and an off-track excursion on his second bike to clock the third fastest time behind Barros, with Carlos Checa completing the provisional front row in fourth position having set consistently fast lap times.

Olivier Jacque and Shinya Nakano returned to the track where they contested the 250cc World Championship decider last year, when the Frenchman took victory by 0.014 seconds from his Japanese team-mate. The pair are hoping to steal the headlines in the 500 class this time around and almost did so with some impressive riding which almost saw them on the provisional front row until the late reshuffle. Both riders made it onto the second row, however, with Jacque in fifth and Nakano in eighth sandwiching Vd Goorbergh and Biaggi in and sixth and seventh respectively.

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