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De Puniet surprises with fastest lap of day one

De Puniet surprises with fastest lap of day one

De Puniet surprises with fastest lap of day one

A tyre choice gamble for Randy de Puniet in the afternoon session at Phillip Island paid off for the French rookie, as he topped the timesheets for the first time this season. The Kawasaki rider's 1'29.745 time was the only lap under the 1'30 mark, and took him faster than Loris Capirossi, Nicky Hayden, Sete Gibernau and team-mate Shinya Nakano. The Ducati's were fastest in the morning's opening practice after a stellar start on Australian soil.

Local rider Casey Stoner was unable to beat his morning's fastest lap, and rounded off the top six at the Phillip Island Circuit. Marco Melandri, and Valentino Rossi were somewhat discreet in seventh and eight respectively, ahead of Kenny Roberts Jr and one of last year's impressive performers, Carlos Checa.

Chris Vermeulen could only manage 14th at his local circuit, whilst Dani Pedrosa limped home in 17th, two seconds off the pace.

GP GMC Australia
MotoGP after FP2

1. Randy de Puniet - Kawasaki Racing 1'29.745
2. Loris Capirossi - Ducati Marlboro 1'30.310
3. Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda 1'30.471
4. Sete Gibernau - Ducati Marlboro 1'30.693 5. Shinya Nakano - Kawasaki Racing 1'30.716
6. Casey Stoner - Honda LCR 1'30.768
7. Valentino Rossi - Camel Yamaha 1'31.045
8. Kenny Roberts JR - Team Roberts 1'31.077
9. Carlos Checa - Yamaha Tech 3 1'31.137
10. Marco Melandri - Fortuna Honda 1'31.154

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, FP2

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