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Gibernau, Pedrosa and Simoncelli quickest in warm-up

Gibernau, Pedrosa and Simoncelli quickest in warm-up

Gibernau, Pedrosa and Simoncelli quickest in warm-up

After two mostly sunny days at Brno, the skies got cloudy on race day, with a few drops of rain before the beginning of the warm-up sessions.

Pole position holder Sete Gibernau was the quickest in the MotoGP class, confirming his excellent form this weekend as he aims for his first win of the season. Second fastest was Team Suzuki's Kenny Roberts Jr, who was able to take part in the session after suffering flu-like symptoms on Saturday afternoon. The former World Champion's qualifying session yesterday had been cut short after just a single lap on race tyres as he had to be examined by Dr Costa, and he will start from the 17th spot on the grid.

Gauloises Yamaha's Colin Edwards was third fastest ahead of Italians Loris Capirossi and Valentino Rossi. Nicky Hayden, who will start from the front row this afternoon, posted the sixth fastest time. Marco Melandri was seventh, while John Hopkins, Carlos Checa and Shinya Nakano completed the top 10.

The quarter litre class defending champion Dani Pedrosa was back on top in the final 20-minute long practice session, beating San Marinese Alex de Angelis by just 0.001s. Pedrosa's team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama was third fastest ahead of Aprilia riders Casey Stoner and Sebastian Porto. Poleman Jorge Lorenzo posted the sixth fastest time.

In the 125 class, Aprilia's Marco Simoncelli topped the timesheet with a best time set in 2'10.451. Behind him was pole setter Thomas Lüthi, just 0.033s adrift, while Finn Mika Kallio was 0.415s off the pace. Lorenzo Zanetti was fourth fastest, followed by Spaniards Alvaro Bautista and Sergio Gadea.
Japanese rider Toshihisa Kuzuhara is sidelined by a right collar-bone fracture sustained in yesterday's qualifying practice.


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