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Rossi on top in Shanghai washout

Rossi on top in Shanghai washout

Rossi on top in Shanghai washout

Valentino Rossi continued where he left off at the Shanghai Circuit today, as the first day of practice for the Polini Grand Prix of China got underway. Last year's race winner in the wet was able to top the tables in both sessions under similar conditions.

The Italian's time of 2'09.393 was enough to put him above Loris Capirossi by over three tenths of a second, whilst John Hopkins,Sete Gibernau and Nicky Hayden completed the top five.

Marco Melandri, sixth, finished more than a second off Rossi's time, ahead of Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner, Makoto Tamada and Randy de Puniet.

The rain, which had held off during the 125cc qualifying session, came down again during the opening minutes of the second MotoGP session.

GP Polini de China
MotoGP tras la FP2

1. Valentino Rossi - Camel Yamaha 2'09.393
2. Loris Capirossi - Ducati Marlboro 2'09.748
3. John Hopkins - Rizla Suzuki 2'10.007
4. Sete Gibernau - Ducati Marlboro 2'10.187
5. Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda 2'10.247
6. Marco Melandri - Fortuna Honda 2'10.411
7. Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda 8. Casey Stoner - Honda LCR 9. Makoto Tamada - Konica Minolta 10. Randy de Puniet - Kawasaki Racing

MotoGP, 2006, POLINI GRAND PRIX OF CHINA, FP2, Valentino Rossi

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