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Carlos Checa dominates at Shanghai

Carlos Checa dominates at Shanghai

Carlos Checa dominates at Shanghai

Carlos Checa clocked the fastest lap this morning in the third and final MotoGP free practice session to jump into first place in the overall standings for the combined practice times.

The Spaniard lapped the formidable Shanghai circuit in an impressive 2´02.006 to set the fastest lap time of the entire weekend. Riding his Ducati, Checa managed to leave a gap of more than 1.5 seconds between him and closest rider American Nicky Hayden who clocked a lap of 2´03.772 to finish the practice session second place in the overall standings.

Italian Movistar Honda MotoGP rider Marco Melandri finished third fastest overall and lapped in 2´02.702 this morning. Melandri has been consistent all weekend in the sessions, although didn't manage to improve on his fastest lap from the first session – the only person in the top seven of the overall standings to do that was Checa.

Sete Gibernau finished the sessions third fastest, with a time of 2´02.891, ahead of archrival Valentino Rossi who is in fifth place overall after lapping in 2´03.979 today, more than a second off his best lap in the first session.

Ducati Marlboro Team rider Loris Capirossi is now sixth overall ahead of last weekend's Estoril winner Alex Barros (Camel Honda). Spaniard Toni Elias, American John Hopkins and fellow American, and Team Suzuki MotoGP team-mate, Kenny Roberts complete the top ten respectively.

In the quarter litre class, Dani Pedrosa lapped fastest today with a time of 2´06.847. The Spaniard finished just 0.357 ahead of his Japanese team-mate who clocked 2´07.204 to finish the session second fastest. Hector Barbera took the third best time 2´07.640 to finish ahead of Team Scot rider Andrea Dovizioso. Jorge Lorenzo completes the top five ahead of Sebastian Porto.

The 125cc class was dominated by the Red Bull KTM team, with Gabor Talmacsi clocking a fastest lap of 2´21.615 ahead of team-mate Mika Kallio, who lapped in 2`22.785. Third team-mate Julian Simon completed the top three.

Elit Gran Prix rider Thomas Luthi made the fourth best time ahead of Italian Fabrizio Lai (Kopron Racing World) who completes the top five.


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