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Roberts returns to the top on first day in Qatar

Roberts returns to the top on first day in Qatar

Roberts returns to the top on first day in Qatar

On-track action got underway in Qatar today, with the Losail circuit playing host to practice sessions ahead of Saturday's Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar. Kenny Roberts Jr was the fastest rider of the day, heading the standings with a lap of 1'56.905. The American rider was faster than Loris Capirossi's pole-setting time from last year on his flying lap, the first time in a long while that the Team Roberts man has topped the timesheets. Behind him, Australian Casey Stoner braved a lack of sleep and late arrival in Qatar to come in second, six thousandths of a second off Roberts. One of MotoGP's young rookies, Stoner will be looking to improve still further from his great result in Jerez. The young LCR Honda rider only reached the circuit at 9.30 this morning, making his fastest run in the morning session all the more impressive. Marco Melandri and Colin Edwards couldn't join Roberts and Stoner in breaking the 1'57 barrier, but came in third and fourth fastest of the day, followed by series leader Loris Capirossi and World Champion Valentino Rossi. The Honda trio of Dani Pedrosa, Toni Elias and Nicky Hayden, ahead of Ducati's Sete Gibernau, completed the top ten. Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar
MotoGP – First day
1. Kenny Roberts jr. - Team Roberts 1'56.905
2. Casey Stoner - LCR Honda - 1'56.911
3. Marco Melandri - Fortuna Honda 1'57.100
4. Colin Edwards - Camel Yamaha 1'57.024
5. Loris Capirossi - Ducati Marlboro 1'57.031
6. Valentino Rossi - Camel Yamaha 1'57.141
7. Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda 1'57.360
8. Toni Elías - Fortuna Honda 1'57.392
9. Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda 1'57.452
10. Sete Gibernau - Ducati Marlboro 1'57.569

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, COMMERCIALBANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, FP2

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