Barros leads Portuguese GP practice

The Portuguese GP is here, a few months ahead of its initial date but who is counting. After one of the most controversial GPs in recent history, the MotoGP boys are back to work. The MotoGP circus made a quick trip over the border, from Jerez, ...

The Portuguese GP is here, a few months ahead of its initial date but who is counting. After one of the most controversial GPs in recent history, the MotoGP boys are back to work. The MotoGP circus made a quick trip over the border, from Jerez, Spain to Estoril, Portugal.

Brazilian Alex Barros, led the Honda charge by setting the fastest lap, a 1:38.516; a half a second faster than Sete Gibernau. Barros's pace was the most impressive yet as he set seven laps in the 38s and nine in the 39s.

Second-fastest went to Gibernau. It has been reported that Gibernau may not be able to challenge for the win this weekend, as he feels the shoulder injury sustained last week will not allow him to hold the race-pace for 28 laps. However, he was still the rider who set the second-best race-pace. Though he did not dip below the 39s, he set 10 laps in it.

HRC-Repsol rider, Nicky Hayden, continued on his notable form and completed Friday's free-practice third-fastest. The American set seven laps in the 39s.

Fellow American, Colin Edwards, seems to have found a solution to the front-end grip issues that haunted him last week. Like Hayden, he too set seven laps in the 39s.

Fifth-fastest went to Carlos Checa, aboard the thumping V4 Ducati, completed six laps in the 1:39 range.

Sixth went to Valentino Rossi who almost crashed during practice. The Italian was followed by Max Biaggi who continues to struggle with the HRC-Spec V5.

Qualifying will take place tomorrow, stay tuned for more.

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Max Biaggi , Carlos Checa , Valentino Rossi , Colin Edwards , Alex Barros , Sete Gibernau