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Kawasaki debutant West best in warm-up

Kawasaki debutant West best in warm-up

The customary Sunday morning MotoGP warm-up session took place in rainy conditions at Donington, with more rain forecast for this afternoon's Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix races.

The customary Sunday morning MotoGP warm-up session took place in rainy conditions at Donington, with more rain forecast for this afternoon's Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix races.

Kawasaki's new recruit Anthony West again demonstrated his riding ability in the wet to top the timesheet in another confidence boosting display. Despite this being his first 800cc Grand Prix weekend and with only a few hours of experience on his Ninja ZX-RR machinery the Australian rider was fast during Friday's wet practice sessions and should be one to watch this afternoon when he gets away from 17th on the grid.

West topped the timesheet in this session by 0.136s ahead of compatriot and World Championship leader Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro) who starts fifth on the grid.

Pole man Colin Edwards (Fiat Yamaha) was third quickest, while Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen was going well until he crashed and ended up fourth - his session ending early though apparently without any after effects. Vermeulen's Suzuki colleague John Hopkins completed a top five who all lapped within 0.760s of West's best.

Meanwhile, in the 250cc warm-up pole man Alex de Angelis (Master - Mapfre Aspar) topped the timesheet by 0.037 ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (Kopron Team Scot) with a lap of 1'49.151, while World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Fortuna Aprilia) – who starts this afternoon's race second on the grid – was third quickest. Marco Simoncelli was fourth fastest and Yuki Takahashi fifth.

There were a significant number of crashes in the 125cc class with the less experienced riders finding the conditions more difficult to deal with. Pol Espargaro (Belson Campetella Aprilia), Hector Faubel (Bancaja Aspar), Tomoyoshi Koyama (Red Bull KTM), Randy Krummenacher (Red Bull KTM), Robert Muresan (Ajo Motorsport), Joan Olive (Polaris World), Bradley Smith (Repsol Honda) and Danny Webb (De Graaf Grand Prix) all suffered crashes but are all expected to start the race.

Kopron Team Scot's Mike de Meglio was the fastest participant in the session, while Multimedia Racing's Raffaele de Rosa was second fastest and Gabor Talmacsi of Bancaja Aspar was third.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, NICKEL & DIME BRITISH GRAND PRIX, WUP

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