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05/02/08
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MotoGP China: Rossi on top on Friday
Valentino Rossi’s morning lap of 1´59.906 was enough to take the early advantage in the MotoGP combined free practice standings, with not even the Italian himself able to beat his hot lap in the second session.

The Fiat Yamaha rider finished second in the afternoon runout, behind 2007 Shanghai racewinner and reigning World Champion Casey Stoner. However, Stoner’s 2´00.186 lap was not sufficient to better Rossi’s marker, falling just over two tenths of a second short.

Both riders had grip problems on their final outing of the day, avoiding highsides on the sun-heated asphalt but losing time making corrections. Rossi ran off track, a fate that also befell Alice Team’s Toni Elias and Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi.

Practice Session 2 Times

Pos.

Rider Nation Team Lap time
1 C. STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 2'00.163
2 V. ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team × 0.052
3 D. PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team × 0.198
4 S. NAKANO JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini × 0.390
5 J. HOPKINS USA Kawasaki Racing Team × 0.428
6 N. HAYDEN USA Repsol Honda Team × 0.444
7 A. DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini × 0.768
8 L. CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP × 0.801
9 A. DOVIZIOSO ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP × 0.864
10 C. EDWARDS USA Tech 3 Yamaha × 0.901
11 T. ELIAS SPA Alice Team × 1.163
12 C. VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP × 1.341
13 J. TOSELAND GBR Tech 3 Yamaha × 1.635
14 M. MELANDRI ITA Ducati Marlboro Team × 1.750
15 A. WEST AUS Kawasaki Racing Team × 1.839
16 S. GUINTOLI FRA Alice Team × 2.185
17 R. DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP × 2.244
J. LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Lap

Practice Session 1 Times

Pos.

Num. Rider Nation Team Lap time Gap
1 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 1'59.906
2 1 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 2'00.318 0.412
3 2 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team 2'00.819 0.913
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP 2'00.974 1.068
5 21 John HOPKINS USA Kawasaki Racing Team 2'01.153 1.247
6 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 2'01.249 1.343
7 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Tech 3 Yamaha 2'01.287 1.381
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Repsol Honda Team 2'01.419 1.513
9 56 Shinya NAKANO JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini 2'01.513 1.607
10 7 Chris VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 2'01.588 1.682
11 13 Anthony WEST AUS Kawasaki Racing Team 2'01.984 2.078
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 2'02.026 2.120
13 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini 2'02.091 2.185
14 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Alice Team 2'02.199 2.293
15 48 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 2'02.480 2.574
16 52 James TOSELAND GBR Tech 3 Yamaha 2'02.521 2.615
17 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Alice Team 2'03.174 3.268
18 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA Ducati Marlboro Team 2'04.857 4.951

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