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Rossi recovers rule in FP2

Rossi recovers rule in FP2

Rossi recovers rule in FP2

Valentino Rossi re-established his reign over the MotoGP field with a dominant performance in the second free practice for the Camel Grand Prix of Japan. John Hopkins, who set provisional pole position with a record lap yesterday afternoon, suffered a crash early in the session and was able to match the pace of the Italian.

The closest rider to Rossi today was Max Biaggi, who set consistent race times in the opening sessions on Friday to suggest that he could be a forced to be reckoned with on Sunday. Loris Capirossi also continued his progress on the Ducati with the third fastest time, with Hopkins returning to the track on his second bike and lapping tenth quickest.

Toni Elías continued his good form in the 250cc class, backing up his victory at Estoril two weeks ago with consistently fast times at Motegi. The Spaniard, who has won here for the past two seasons, was the fastest rider in this morning's free practice with an 0.226 seconds.

Casey Stoner set an electrifying pace in the 125cc session, lapping just over three tenths of a seconds off Dani Pedrosa's pole record to comfortably hold off the best efforts of Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo.


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