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Cloudy conditions as action commences at Brno

Cloudy conditions as action commences at Brno

On the first morning of the Cardion ab Grand Prix Ceske republiky there were pleasant temperatures but cloudy skies at the historic Czech circuit.

With the sun attempting to peak through overcast skies at Brno on Friday morning there were stable conditions and pleasant morning temperatures ahead of the first set of practice runs on the twelfth GP weekend of the year.

The heat is sure to rise once the action gets underway, though the rain forecast to make an appearance later in the day could hinder the teams as they attempt to understand the nuances of the recently resurfaced Czech racetrack.

Nonetheless, this is one of the favourite circuits on the calendar for most riders and the 2008 World Championship has provided them with plenty of opportunities to deal with wet conditions, the rain having affected all but two race weekends thus far this season.

Whatever the weather the likes of Dani Pedrosa and John Hopkins will be testing their conditions in the opening MotoGP session at 10am local time as they make their comebacks from respective hand and leg injuries, having missed crucial recent dates.

Laguna Seca crasher Jorge Lorenzo has undergone intense physiotherapy and rehabilitation since cracking the third and fifth metatarsal bones in his left foot in his opening lap Californian tumble and he too will attempt to get straight back on the pace.

Meanwhile, Loris Capirossi admits his nasty arm injury is still not 100% healed but he will soldier on as he also attempts to push himself back up general classification.

The day is sure to see World Champion Casey Stoner, who won at Brno last year, aiming to continue his blistering practice pace of late and gain any psychological advantage possible over title rival and current standings leader Valentino Rossi.


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