Max Biaggi surprised everyone to go fastest in the first free practice session in Brno onboard his Alstare Suzuki.
Biaggi is traditionally a slow starter and rarely shows his real pace until race day but at the Czech track, where he has won in 250 and 500GP, the Italian was a quick starter and then upped the pace in the final minutes to lead by a significant 0.312 seconds.
Britain’s James Toseland ended the opening session in second place onboard his Hannspree Ten Kate Honda.
With track temperatures nearly 20 degrees hotter than they were in testing three weeks ago, the outright grip level was down meaning that at this stage lap times aren’t as fast.
Behind James Toseland are his two main championship rivals Troy Bayliss and Noriyuki Haga.
Haga set the pace early on before dropping to fourth, whilst Troy Bayliss spent the majority of the session outside the top five before upping his pace to go third.
Last year’s double race winner Yukio Kagayama once again looked fast and comfortable around the undulating circuit.
With his Alstare Suzuki working well he ended to first session in fifth spot, although he was nearly a second slower than his teammate Max Biaggi.
Yamaha man Troy Corser claimed sixth position and will be looking to find more speed this afternoon at a track where he has traditionally performed well.
Free practice one results:
1 Max BIAGGI ITA Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 2'01.892
2 James TOSELAND GBR Honda CBR1000RR 2'02.204
3 Troy BAYLISS AUS Ducati 999 F07 2'02.362
4 Noriyuki HAGA JPN Yamaha YZF-R1 2'02.380
5 Yukio KAGAYAMA JPN Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 2'02.805
6 Troy CORSER AUS Yamaha YZF-R1 2'02.975
7 Roberto ROLFO ITA Honda CBR1000RR 2'03.117
8 Michel FABRIZIO ITA Honda CBR1000RR 2'03.258
9 Fonsi NIETO ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'03.763
10 Ruben XAUS ESP Ducati 999 F06 2'03.856
11 Regis LACONI FRA Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'04.102
12 Max NEUKIRCHNER GER Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6 2'04.184
13 Lorenzo LANZI ITA Ducati 999 F07 2'04.255
14 Vittorio IANNUZZO ITA Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'04.711
15 Shinichi NAKATOMI JPN Yamaha YZF-R1 2'04.914
16 Jakub SMRZ CZE Ducati 999 F05 2'04.958
17 Karl MUGGERIDGE AUS Honda CBR1000RR 2'05.336
18 Luca MORELLI ITA Honda CBR1000RR 2'06.166
19 Jiri DRASDAK CZE Yamaha YZF-R1 2'06.331
20 Alex POLITA ITA Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6 2'06.778
21 Christian ZAISER AUT MV Agusta F4 312 R 2'06.815
22 Milos CIHAK CZE Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6 2'06.825
23 Dean ELLISON GBR Ducati 999RS 2'08.936