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Rossi starts Jerez weekend on front foot

Rossi starts Jerez weekend on front foot

World Champion Valentino Rossi was MotoGP’s best performer in southern Spain on Friday.

The MotoGP action at the Gran Premio de España got underway on Friday afternoon at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit with Fiat Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi setting the pace ahead of his premier class rivals.

In pleasant riding conditions The Doctor started the Spanish visit with a best effort of 1’39.647 on the 16th of the 21 laps which he squeezed into the 45-minute first free practice session, continuing the good pace he demonstrated in the Official MotoGP Test at the same track in March.

Three other riders who also performed well in the final preseason test, Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi (1’40.011), Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner (1’40.268) and Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo (1’40.441) lapped second to fourth quickest respectively, whilst Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso was around a second off Rossi’s pace - completing a top five which featured four different manufacturers.

The likes of Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda), Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki), Marco Melandri (Hayate Racing) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) all registered top ten times, Pedrosa lapping a second and a half off the pace.

After an incident free session, the likes of 11th placed James Toseland (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), 12th placed Sete Gibernau (Grupo Francisco Hernando) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro) will hope for better results on Saturday in the continued dry conditions which are forecast for day two of the third race weekend of 2009.


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