The session was wet, with rain throughout the session.
Ronald ten Kate, head of the Ten Kate Racing World Superbikes and World Supersport team, has ruled out any chance that James Toseland could replace Toni Elias at Gresini Honda, according to Autosport.com. Toseland's team boss emphasized that the young Briton's main priority is winning the World Superbike championship, which he is currently leading.
Although Valentino Rossi topped the timesheets in this morning's final practice, just stealing the fastest time with his final lap of the session, it was Casey Stoner who once again dominated the free practice. Stoner consistently ran lap after lap of 1'37 and low 1'38 times, faster than anyone else. Rossi was quick, but not as consistent as the young Australian championship leader.
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Eurosport commentators Toby Moody and Randy Mamola have reported that Toni Elias' broken leg is worse than at first feared. Elias is said to have suffered a spiral fracture, or torsion fracture. This is a very serious kind of fracture, which takes a long time to heal. Elias could be out for up to 11 months, ending his season, and possibly much of next season as well. More information will follow, as it becomes available.
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Gresini Honda's Toni Elias crashed heavily during the first free practice session at Assen, breaking his leg. He is out for the rest of the weekend, according to autosport.com. Elias crashed at exactly the same part of the circuit where Valentino Rossi broke his wrist last year, the fast section into the Ramshoek corner before the final GT chicane. No word as yet of a replacement.
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MotoGP Assen Preview - The Disappearing Cathedral
After Dani Pedrosa hinted darkly that he could abandon Honda if the RC212V doesn't improve very soon, people were obviously very interested in what Alberto Puig, Pedrosa's mentor, would have to say about Pedrosa's threats. So, the Spanish radio network phoned Puig to ask, and AS.com transcribed the conversation.