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Rossi sets early rule in Brazil

Rossi sets early rule in Brazil

Rossi sets early rule in Brazil

Valentino Rossi laid down the law in the first free practice session for the Cinzano Rio Grand Prix, setting the quickest lap with a time of 1'50.572, just over a tenth slower than his current lap record set last year on the Honda. The Yamaha rider was just 0.050 seconds quicker than Nicky Hayden, with Sete Gibernau and Max Biaggi also within two tenths of the Italian.

The weekend has also started well for the Bridgestone riders Kenny Roberts on the Suzuki and Makoto Tamada on the Honda, who were fifth and sixth quickest respectively. With Norick Abe the second fastest Yamaha in tenth place, Rossi was over a second quicker than any of his factory colleagues.

Sebastian Porto gave an early indications of his intentions in the 250cc session, setting the fastest time by just 0.075 seconds from Dani Pedrosa, who had never ridden the 250 at this circuit before. Alex De Angelis set a quick lap at the end of the session to dislodge surprise package Joan Olivé from third. Series leader Randy De Puniet was eighth fastest.

Mirko Giansanti used his experience to quickly adapt to the Nelson Piquet circuit with the fastest time in the 125cc session ahead of Casey Stoner, Roberto Locatelli, Pablo Nieto and series leader Andrea Dovizioso.

MotoGP, 2004

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