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Melandri leads Honda charge before final qualifier

Melandri leads Honda charge before final qualifier

Melandri leads Honda charge before final qualifier

Marco Melandri was the first rider to lap under the 1'43 barrier this weekend, setting the fastest lap of the third free practice session in 1'42.856 – gaining almost half a second on his best performance set on Friday afternoon.

The Movistar Honda rider finished the session ahead of a horde of factory colleagues, as the seven Honda machines of the MotoGP pack finished in the top 10. Repsol Honda rider Nicky Hayden was second fastest ahead of Sete Gibernau and Alex Barros. Colin Edwards was the first Yamaha rider and had the fifth fastest time.

Valentino Rossi suffered engine problems in the early stages of the session and was eighth fastest behind Makoto Tamada and Max Biaggi. Suzuki's John Hopkins and Troy Bayliss completed the top 10.

With the afternoon approaching, the weather at the track is slightly overcast and rain looks possible.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, GRAN PREMI GAULOISES DE CATALUNYA, FP3

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