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Kenny Roberts excels in FP2 but Hayden still fastest overall

Kenny Roberts excels in FP2 but Hayden still fastest overall

Kenny Roberts excels in FP2 but Hayden still fastest overall

No other rider managed to keep pace with American rider Kenny Roberts this afternoon during the MotoGP second free practice session on the rain-soaked Shanghai track. However, due to unpredictable conditions caused by the afternoon rain, no rider managed to better Nicky Hayden's fastest lap of 2´02.327.

"The track is okay, there are a couple of strange corners but overall I like it," reflected Hayden at the end of the demanding first day. "I especially like the surface – the grip is really good and there is a lot of feeling. It was nice to be quickest this morning but this afternoon was pretty tough. We were in good shape with full wets but we had a few problems in the middle of the session when it started to dry."

Roberts clocked the fastest afternoon lap of 2´14.592 to finish 0.484 ahead of Camel Honda rider Alex Barros who lapped in 2´15.076. Sete Gibernau finished third fastest with a time of 2´15.363. The wet conditions meant that no rider was able to improve on his morning score, meaning that the combined standings are ordered according to this morning's results.

After two sessions, Repsol Honda Team rider Nicky Hayden tops the combined practice standings. The American is followed by Italian Marco Melandri (Movistar Honda MotoGP) in second place. Sete Gibernau is in third place in the overall standings – the Spaniard finished third fastest in both of the practice sessions.

The second place standing demonstrates an excellent improvement for Melandri, who comment, "It was a strange day because we started on dry and then in the afternoon on wet, at the end of the session the line has started to dry but the track was dirty. I'm happy because we started well, working in the right direction.

"This morning I had a good feeling on dry and I had a positive feeling on wet during the second session. This bike gives me a lot of confidence and confidence is the most important thing to race on wet."

Carlos Checa (Ducati Marlboro Team) is now in fourth place in the overall standings, he finished in ninth place second time around. Reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi stands at now fifth in the overall standings.

Ducati rider Loris Capirossi stands at sixth overall ahead of Alex Barros (Camel Honda). Kenny Roberts (Team Suzuki MotoGP), John Hopkins and Troy Bayliss (Camel Honda) stand in eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.


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