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Rossi quick and consistent in FP2

Rossi quick and consistent in FP2

Rossi quick and consistent in FP2

Valentino Rossi gave a clear indication of his intentions for the Africa's Grand Prix on Sunday by lapping in race winning time throughout the second free practice on Saturday morning, leaving a string of Honda riders trailing in his wake. Provisional pole holder Rossi, preparing for his first race on the YZR-M1, set the fastest lap of the session in a time of 1'33.450, one of eight laps within the 1'33 mark with seven further laps under 1'35.

The only man who could come close to his speed and consistency was former World Superbike Champion Colin Edwards, who set four laps in 1'33 and eight in 1'34. The only other men to dip below 1'34 on an unusually cool circuit were Nicky Hayden, Max Biaggi and Alex Barros.

In the 250cc session Sebastian Porto finally gave a sign that Randy De Puniet won't have it all his own way, after the Frenchman had dominated both sessions yesterday. Porto stood firm throughout the session, setting a best lap of 1'35.424 to put De Puniet in the shadow by over half a second.

De Puniet's LCR team-mate in the 125cc class Roberto Locatelli showed no signs of mercy, however, setting a best lap of 1'41.065 – 0.179 seconds quicker than nearest challenger Andrea Dovizioso.


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