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Biaggi up earliest in morning practice

Biaggi up earliest in morning practice

Biaggi up earliest in morning practice

Max Biaggi set the quickest time in the first free practice to establish early superiority at the Grand Prix Polini de France, the new track surface aiding the Italian on his way to a best lap of 1'35.200, just under the pole time set here last season by Valentino Rossi. In an intriguing battle for the psychological edge in the morning session, Biaggi snatched top spot from former team-mate Carlos Checa, with Nicky Hayden also moving above the Spaniard into second place during an entertaining finale.

World Champion Valentino Rossi was fourth fastest whilst current series leader Sete Gibernau was ninth.

In the 250cc class Max Sabbatani broke a finger and fractured his right ankle midway through a session dominated by Sebastian Porto. The Argentinean clocked a fastest lap of 1'38.862 to hold off his resurgent team-mate Fonsi Nieto by 0.068 seconds.

Andrea Dovizioso was the fastest rider in the 125cc class, posting his fastest lap of 1'42.864, a full second under the pole record here, at the end of a session dominated by Casey Stoner.


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