Moto GP

Rossi fastest at Le Mans practice

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Valentino Rossi struck the first blow at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France at the Le Mans circuit by clocking the fastest time in the opening practice session.

The Fiat Yamaha rider logged his fastest lap on his last run and ended the seassion just over a tenth of a second faster than Australian Casey Stoner and his Fiat Yamaha team-mate and championship leader Jorge Lorenzo.

Andrea Dovizioso lead the Honda brigade as the Italian wrapped up the fourth best lap on his factory RC212V, just ahead of his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa who is competing in his 150th GP.

The second practice session for the MotoGP class is scheduled to start at 9.55am local time on Saturday morning.

Le Mans Parctice 1 Times, Friday, May 21, 2010
Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 285.0 1'34.402
2 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 278.7 1'34.508 0.106 / 0.106
3 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 282.5 1'34.542 0.140 / 0.034
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 283.9 1'34.625 0.223 / 0.083
5 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 272.4 1'34.989 0.587 / 0.364
6 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 273.3 1'35.089 0.687 / 0.100
7 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 274.1 1'35.223 0.821 / 0.134
8 Ben SPIES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 288.5 1'35.291 0.889 / 0.068
9 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 267.0 1'35.450 1.048 / 0.159
10 Marco MELANDRI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 286.2 1'35.643 1.241 / 0.193
11 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 276.9 1'35.685 1.283 / 0.042
12 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 273.3 1'35.959 1.557 / 0.274
13 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 274.3 1'36.009 1.607 / 0.050
14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 283.8 1'36.086 1.684 / 0.077
15 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing Team Ducati 276.3 1'36.292 1.890 / 0.206
16 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 276.6 1'36.798 2.396 / 0.506
17 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 269.5 1'37.525 3.123 / 0.727

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