Nakano on top form

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Shinya Nakano put Kawasaki at the top of the table on the second day of the final pre-season MotoGP test.

The Japanese rider finished over half a second ahead of his closest rival, Ducati’s Loris Capirossi at the three day Jerez test. Sign up for MCN Fantasy road racing for just £5 Ducati dominated the first day and looked as if they would manage it again on the Saturday, but Nakano pushed the ZX-RR through to take the top spot at the end of the day.

John Hopkins put in another impressive day taking his Suzuki GSV-R to the third fastest time ahead of Randy de Puniet and Danny Pedrosa.

Valentino Rossi cam home the fastest Yamaha in sixth place ahead of Carlos Checa, Sete Gibernau, Colin Edwards and Chris Vermeulen.

Sunday sees the final day of testing before the season begins at Jerez on March 26.

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Unnoficial times:

Shinya Nakano - Kawasaki Racing 1'40.047

Loris Capirossi - Ducati Marlboro 1'40.544

John Hopkins – Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1'40.791

Randy de Puniet - Kawasaki Racing 1'40.839

Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda 1'40.859

Valentino Rossi - Camel Yamaha 1'40.915

Carlos Checa - Tech 3 Yamaha 1'40.943

Sete Gibernau - Ducati Marlboro 1'40.964

Colin Edwards - Camel Yamaha 1'41.105

Chris Vermeulen – Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1'41.110

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