Rossi on top in practice day at Jerez

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Rossi on top in practice day at Jerez

Valentino Rossi and Yamaha knocked first in the opening practice sessions for the 58th edition of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) that starts this weekend in Jerez de la Frontera with the `Gran Premio betandwin.com de ...

Valentino Rossi and Yamaha knocked first in the opening practice sessions for the 58th edition of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) that starts this weekend in Jerez de la Frontera with the `Gran Premio betandwin.com de Espa?a'.

Valentino Rossi.
Photo by Camel Media Service.
The Italian champion set 1m41s613 to put the M1 of Camel Yamaha Team in the top spot of the day. However it seemed that the chatter problems of the Japanese squad aren't gone 100% and there's some work to do to improve the bike.

"We haven't fixed everything just yet but the Yamaha engineers came up with a few ideas to solve the vibrations we suffered during the test and they all worked", stated Rossi.

"So far we have come up with a setting that allows me to ride in a better way to control the bike and, even though we still have some small vibrations, it is giving us less problems", he added.

Rossi completed 24 laps around the Spanish racetrack, all of them in the second session after he didn't go out in practice one on the wet track.

Loris Capirossi, who led the morning timesheets, confirmed the good performance shown by the Ducati Marlboro in the pre-season, taking second fastest right after Rossi's time with 1m41s625 in the final free practice of the day.

However, the big surprise of the journey and a matter of smiles for the Spanish fans was Dani Pedrosa setting third quickest in his debut weekend in MotoGP on his Repsol Honda.

Dani Pedrosa and Alex Hofmann.
Photo by Camel Media Service.
Pedrosa marked 1m41s798 and ended up as the fastest Honda and Michelin user. Not a bad start for the two time 250cc World Champion.

His countryman Sete Gibernau finished with the exact same laptime in fourth place closing a happy day for Ducati. The Desmosedici GP6 proved to be fast and they hope to keep it up for the rest of the weekend.

Fifth spot was for Shinya Nakano and his Kawasaki with a fantastic time of 1m41s939, closing the select group that was able to break the 1m42 barrier.

The best start for Nakano and the team that will try to repeat or improve on their fifth place earned in the race last year.

2005 sub-Champion, Marco Melandri, put the Fortuna Honda in sixth place followed by Rossi's team mate Colin Edwards. Nicky Hayden took eighth with the other bike of Repsol Honda while rookie Randy de Puniet on the second Kawasaki and Melandri's teammate Toni Elias closed up the top ten places.

Tomorrow will be another practice session before the qualifying session at 14.00 local time where all the riders will have the chance to fight for the first pole position of the season.

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