Rossi quickest in first Misano practice

Local hero Valentino Rossi delighted Italian fans by claiming the top spot in first practice ahead of this weekend's San Marino Grand Prix. The Fiat Yamaha rider beat team-mate Jorge Lorenzo to the top spot by just over a tenths of a second as Dani Pedrosa's Honda finished a further three quarters of a second further back. Rossi topped the timesheets on a bright morning in Italy with a best effort of 1:35.304; the Italian, alongside with Lorenzo and Chris Vermeulen, also set the highest number of completed laps with 29 to his name. The 1-2 order for Yamaha at the top matches that of the race finishing positions last year as Rossi comes into Misano with a 25-point advantage.

The Honda duo of Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso were also in the top five but separated by the Gresini satellite entry of Alex de Angelis with Colin Edwards again amongst the leaders for Tech3 Yamaha. If being slower than Rossi by seven tenths of a second was not enough of a worry for Pedrosa, the Spaniard's bike stopped on track when a component appeared to break away.

Kallio leads the way for Ducati in seventh ahead of Capirossi, leading Briton James Toseland and Nicky Hayden. Gabor Talmacsi's Team Scot Racing bike was the slowest of the seventeen runners at the end of the one-hour session.


Pos Rider Time Nat Bike Team
1 Valentino Rossi 1m 35.304 ITA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 1m 35.430 SPA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
3 Dani Pedrosa 1m 36.080 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Alex De Angelis 1m 36.096 SMR HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
5 Andrea Dovizioso 1m 36.316 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
6 Colin Edwards 1m 36.350 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
7 Mika Kallio 1m 36.419 FIN DUCATI Pramac Racing
8 Loris Capirossi 1m 36.508 ITA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
9 James Toseland 1m 36.588 GBR YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
10 Nicky Hayden 1m 36.608 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
11 Randy De Puniet 1m 37.056 FRA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
12 Toni Elias 1m 37.057 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
13 Aleix Espargaro 1m 37.126 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
14 Chris Vermeulen 1m 37.134 AUS SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
15 Niccolo Canepa 1m 37.306 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
16 Marco Melandri 1m 37.454 ITA KAWASAKI Hayate Racing Team
17 Gabor Talmacsi 1m 37.869 HUN HONDA Scot Racing Team MotoGP

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