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Hopkins closes on pole record in FP2

Hopkins closes on pole record in FP2

Hopkins closes on pole record in FP2

John Hopkins showed signs of living up to his promise of a podium assault at Brno this weekend with a sensational time in the second free practice session for the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky. Hopkins surged to the top of the time sheets with a lap of 1'58.801, just 0.032 off the pole record set by Valentino Rossi on the Honda last year, on a dry morning which saw temperatures remain mild thanks to a blanket of thick white cloud.

Hopkins' performance capped a perfect morning for Suzuki, who saw Kenny Roberts dominate the session before slipping to third, and Bridgestone – who also had Makoto Tamada in the top six. Rossi was second fastest this morning, 0.384 seconds slower than Hopkins, whilst provisional pole holder Carlos Checa was eighth.

Sebastian Porto continued his form in the 250cc class, following up on his provisional pole time from yesterday with the quickest lap in the second free practice. Porto's lap of 2'03.136 was over half a second quicker than his nearest challenger until the final lap, when Randy de Puniet closed to within 0.313 seconds.

Pablo Nieto set the quickest time in the 125cc class ahead of Spanish compatriot Jorge Lorenzo with a lap of 2'09.212.


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