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Rossi fastest on day one in Catalunya

Rossi fastest on day one in Catalunya

Rossi fastest on day one in Catalunya

Valentino Rossi continued on the comeback trail on the first day of practice for the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya, finishing as the day's fastest rider with a lap of 1'42.837. The Camel Yamaha rider has been one of the most successful riders in the history of the Circuit de Catalunya, and knows that a win is essential for his championship aspirations.

Having put in the fastest lap of free practice 1, Kenny Roberts Jr benefited from a slower second session to finish the day in second overall. The American was just ahead of home rider Dani Pedrosa, another rider with a formidable record in Catalunya.

The last time Colin Edwards came to the Montmelo Circuit he left as the proud owner of a brand new BMW M ZX Roadster, courtesy of a victory in a special qualifying session back at the Official Test in March. On day one of practice the Texan Tornado clocked the fourth fastest time, ahead of Australian duo Chris Vermeulen and Casey Stoner. John Hopkins continued the impressive form of the Suzuki team, with a seventh place in the combined standings.

Championship leader Loris Capirossi clocked the eighth fastest time of the day, with third and second placed championship riders Marco Melandri and Nicky Hayden completing the top ten.

The session went ahead without interruptions, the track slowly drying after a soaking 125cc practice.

GP Cinzano de Catalunya
MotoGP after FP2

1. Valentino Rossi – Camel Yamaha 1'42.837
2. Kenny Roberts jr – Team KR 1'42.923
3. Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda 1'43.036
4. Colin Edwards – Camel Yamaha 1'43.197
5. Chris Vermeulen – Rizla Suzuki 1'43.308
6. Casey Stoner – Honda LCR 1'43.380
7. John Hopkins – Rizla Suzuki 1'43.421
8. Loris Capirossi – Ducati Marlboro 1'43.433
9. Marco Melandri – Fortuna Honda 1'43.500
10. Nicky Hayden – Repsol Honda 1'43.522


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