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Checa sets pace in morning practice

Checa sets pace in morning practice

Checa sets pace in morning practice

Carlos Checa led a two-pronged attack from Yamaha and Suzuki at the Motegi circuit this morning, home of Honda. Whilst wildcard rider Tohru Ukawa, riding an evolution version of the RC211V, set the pace at the start of the session, Valentino Rossi soon took over.

A slight rainy spell saw the riders return to boxes before a late push for times, which also saw Kenny Roberts and John Hopkins break into the top five.

In the 250cc class there was better fortune for Honda, Dani Pedrosa heading four factory Japanese bikes at the top of the time sheets. The Spaniard swiftly got to grips with the Motegi circuit, making his first appearance here on the 250cc machine and setting the fastest time in the first free practice ahead of Toni Elias, Yuki Takahashi and Hiroshi Aoyama.

Roberto Locatelli was fastest in the 125cc session, topping the time sheets from title rival Andrea Dovizioso and Mika Kallio.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, FP1

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