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Hayden heads Honda five

Hayden heads Honda five

Hayden heads Honda five

Nicky Hayden led a Honda charge with the fastest time of the first day of practice in Turkey, with a 1'53.623 lap of Istanbul putting him at the head of a five-rider group of riders for the Japanese factory. Second position in the table was Australian Casey Stoner, who suffered a late crash in the second session after heading the first, with Marco Melandri, Dani Pedrosa and Toni Elias.

Colin Edwards came in sixth as the fastest non-Honda rider, with World Championship leader Loris Capirossi close behind. John Hopkins, Sete Gibernau and Makoto Tamada completed a top ten which was only split by eight tenths of a second.

Reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi dropped to eleventh and went off the track during the session, whilst Australian Chris Vermeulen experienced another setback when his GSV-R had a technical problem in the final minutes. Grand Prix of Turkey
MotoGP – Day One

1. Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda 1'53.623
2. Casey Stoner - LCR Honda 1'53.861
3. Marco Melandri - Fortuna Honda 1'53.971
4. Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda 1'54.001
5. Toni Elías - Fortuna Honda 1'54.022
6. Colin Edwards - Camel Yamaha 1'54.042
7. Loris Capirossi - Ducati Marlboro 1'54.055
8. John Hopkins - Rizla Suzuki 1'54.227
9. Sete Gibernau - Ducati Marlboro 1'54.279
10. Makoto Tamada - Konica Minolta Honda 1'54.422


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