Nakano tops GP practice

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Shinya Nakano has set the fastest lap in the opening qualifying session for the Assen GP.

Nakano set a time of 1:39.619, beating second placed man John Hopkins by a quarter of a second.
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Casey Stoner finished the provisional front row followed by Chris Vermeulen, Carlos Checa and Colin Edwards.

Valentino Rossi crashed heavily during the session sparking fears that he would not be able to race but he has since been given the all clear.

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Official times:

Shinya NAKANO 1’39.619

John HOPKINS 1’39.887

Casey STONER 1’40.031

Chris VERMEULEN 1’40.429

Carlos CHECA 1’40.725

Colin EDWARDS 1’40.861

Marco MELANDRI 1’40.931

Dani PEDROSA 1’41.032

Makoto TAMADA 1’41.209

Kenny ROBERTS JR 1’41.304

Randy DE PUNIET 1’41.322

Nicky HAYDEN 1’41.386

Alex HOFMANN 1’41.907

Loris CAPIROSSI 1’42.974

James ELLISON 1’43.389

Valentino ROSSI 1’44.088

Jose Luis CARDOSO 1’44.558

Ivan SILVA 1’46.254

Toni ELIAS 1’48.919

MCN Staff

By MCN Staff