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Wet morning warm up gives Melandri a boost

Wet morning warm up gives Melandri a boost

In rainy conditions this morning at the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan at Motegi, Honda Gresini's demonstrated his readiness for action by topping the timesheet in the MotoGP warm-up - having struggled in qualifying yesterday.

In rainy conditions this morning at the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan at Motegi, Honda Gresini's demonstrated his readiness for action by topping the timesheet in the MotoGP warm-up - having struggled in qualifying yesterday.

The Italian rider starts tenth on the grid but his lap of 2'00.947s was enough to put him in front of his rivals on a wet track, with times well off the normal competition pace.

Behind Melandri on the timesheet was champion-elect Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro) who has had good results in the rain at Le Mans and Donington this season and will still hope to finish the race ahead of Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi later today to take the title despite being ninth on the grid.

Rossi's Yamaha colleague Colin Edwards was third fastest in the warm up, while Carlos Checa (Honda LCR) was fourth and World Champion Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda) fifth.

Pole man Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) was 13th and Rossi similarly took no risks as he lapped 17th fastest.

As the quarter litre category riders also tested their wet skills and adjusted their settings at the Twin Ring circuit it was Master – Mapfre Aspar's Alex de Angelis who went round quicker than anyone else, followed by Kopron Team Scot's Yuki Takahashi and Andrea Dovizioso.

Burning Blood Racing wild card Takumi Takahashi was fourth and Red Bull KTM's Mika Kallio fifth, with World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Fortuna Aprilia) 15th and pole man Shuhei Aoyama (Repsol Honda) 11th.

Meanwhile in the 125cc class outing, which took place at the commencement of this morning's proceedings on an already wet track, it was Frenchman Mike di Meglio of Kopron Team Scot who led the way by 0.791s from Bancaja Aspar's World Championship leader Gabor Talmacsi., with their times more than 15 seconds off race pace due to the conditions.

Raffaele de Rosa (Multimedia Racing), Stevie Bonsey (Red Bull KTM) and Aspar rider Sergio Gadea were also in the top five, while pole man Mattia Pasini of Polaris World was not taking any risks as he finished down in 25th position.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, WUP

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