Abe fastest in practice at Valencia

Published: 28 October 2003

Yamaha’s Norrick Abe heads the first practice session at Valencia, riding for Fortuna Yamaha as a replacement for regular rider Marco Melandri. His time is over two seconds quicker than Garry McCoy, with Honda team-mates Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi third and fourth-quickest respectively.

Britain’s Jeremy McWilliams is seventh-quickest, with Chris Burns 19th. Meanwhile British hopes in the 250cc class rest with Chaz Davies, who actually posted a quicker time than the four-stroke Aprilia GP bikes to put his RS250 seventh fastest.

MotoGP:

1) Abe 1:51.996. 2) McCoy 1:54.311. 3) Hayden 1:54.370. 4) Rossi 1:55.667. 5) Checa 1:55.668. 6) Bayliss 1:55.871. 7) McWilliams 1:55.935. 8) Biaggi 1:56.009. 9) Barros 1:57.570. 10) Pitt 1:57.847. 11) Haga 1:57.984. 12) De Gea 1:58.162. 13) Gibernau 1:59.862. 14) Roberts 2:00.020. 15) Capirossi 2:00.576. 16) Tamada 2:00.849. 17) Hopkins 2:01.882. 18) Ukawa 2:02.673. 19) Burns 2:03.419. 20) Nakano 2:05.773. 21) Aoki 2:07.119. 22) Kiyonari 2:07.995. 23) Jacque 2:14.426. 24) Edwards 2:15.437.

250cc:

1) West 1:52.270. 2) Bataille 1:53.001. 3) Pesek 1:53.479 4) Rolfo 1:53.888. 5) Guintoli 1:54.357. 6) De Puniet 1:54.834. 7) Davies 1:54.837. 8) Nigon 1:54.983. 9) Elias 1:55.040. 10) Debon 1:55.257. 11) Battaini 1:55.317. 12) Baldolini 1:55.690. 13) Nieto 1:55.966. 14) Smrz 1:56.064. 15) Gemmel 1:56.067. 16) Lakerveld 1:56.153. 17) Heidolf 1:56.442. 18) Stigefelt 1:56.471. 19) Molina 1:57.439. 20) Lagemaat 1:57.490. 21) Leblanc 1:58.292. 22) Hules 1:58.494. 23) Rous 2:00.231. 24) Porto 2:00.396. 25) Poggiali 2:00.474. 26) Marchand 2:02.001. 27) Olive 2:03.356. 28) Faubel 2:03.365. 29) Matsudo 2:05.673. 30) Polzer 2:11.314.

125cc:

1) De Angelis 1:41.064. 2) Nieto 1:41.691. 3) Dovizioso 1:41.705. 4) Simoncelli 1:41.715. 5) Kallio 1:41.742. 6) Stoner 1:41.838. 7) Perugini 1:41.871. 8) Cecchinello 1:41.903. 9) Jenkner 1:41.908. 10) Lorenzo 1:42.063. 11) Borsoi 1:42.175. 12) Vincent 1:42.182. 13) Barbera 1:42.233. 14) Talmacsi 1:42.237. 15) Ui 1:42.247. 16) Luthi 1:42.316. 17) Azuma 1:42.387. 18) Bautista 1:42.435. 19) Sabbatani 1:42.551. 20) Locatelli 1:42.580. 21) Giansanti 1:42.762. 22) Simon 1:42.899. 23) Lai 1:43.325. 24) Ballerini 1:43.440. 25) Harms 1:43.512. 26) Di Meglio 1:43.618. 27) Hernandez 1:43.743. 28) Alzamora 1:43.750. 29) Bianco 1:43.809. 30) Corsi 1:43.867. 31) Bonache 1:44.056. 32) Toth 1:44.163. 33) Gadea 1:44.452. 34) Giuseppetti 1:44.742. 35) Ortega 1:45.970. 36) Pellino 1:46.252. 37) Danese 1:47.802.

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