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Dovizioso fastest in rain affected MotoGP session

Dovizioso fastest in rain affected MotoGP session

The MotoGP riders were unable to make the most of the reversion to hour-long practices at Le Mans as rain interrupted the first premier class free practice of the Le Mans weekend.

Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso was the fastest MotoGP rider on Friday at the Grand Prix de France as the rain returned at Le Mans and cut short the work that the teams could undertake on the first day.

Under cloudy skies rain began to fall just over half way through the first hour long premier class practice session since the rule change reversion to 60 minute sessions, at which point Dovizioso had set the fastest lap with a best effort of 1’36.136.

The second quickest rider in the curtailed practice was Australian former World Champion Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro) with a time of 1’36.194 on the eighth of just ten laps, whilst in-form home rider Randy de Puniet was just behind the front two.

The 2007 Le Mans race-winner Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) also featured in the top five, both within half a second of Italian youngster Dovizioso.

Fiat Yamaha colleagues Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were sixth and seventh fastest respectively, at the track where they completed a memorable one-two last year.

Rossi’s compatriot Marco Melandri (Hayate Racing) and Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) also featured in a top ten which was rounded off by The Doctor’s former team-mate Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3).

After the rain arrived a number of riders went back out on track towards the end of the session on slick tyres but they were unable to improve their times.

Despite the precipitation there were no crashes to report and the MotoGP stars will be back in action for another hour-long run on Saturday morning at 9.55am, before qualifying on Saturday afternoon at 1.55pm.


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