2006 Laguna Seca Free Practice Day 1

Kenny Roberts Jr leads the timesheets at the end of the first day of practice at the US GP at Laguna Seca. The rider who did so poorly at last year's grand prix is really making an impression at his home GP this year. Behind him, last year's winner Nicky Hayden had a good run in the second session, after a disappointing display in the morning session. Hayden's team mate Dani Pedrosa is the big surprise of the day, taking third spot on his first visit to the track, an extraordinary achievement at a track which is difficult to learn, thanks to so many blind turns. Marco Melandri is fourth, followed by double Superbike winner at Laguna Seca Chris Vermeulen. Colin Edwards heads up the Yamaha challenge in 6th place.

Other standings of note: Makoto Tamada put in a good result to take 7th spot, John Hopkins will be very frustrated to be in 10th at is home GP, and Valentino Rossi is a struggling with Laguna Seca's bumps down in 11th. Carlos Checa is showing continual improvement in 12th, but both the Ducatis and the Kawasakis are a long way down the grid. Alex Hoffman is the only exception for the Ducatis, his 15th time a good deal better than his usual standing.

The top 11 are covered by less than a second, but with Laguna Seca being a short track, and the fastest lap a 1:23.859, this is less significant than at other, longer tracks.
 

1 10 K.ROBERTS USA Team Roberts 1'23.951 1'23.859  
2 69 N.HAYDEN USA Repsol Honda Team 1'24.943 1'24.125 0.266 0.266
3 26 D.PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team 1'25.311 1'24.194 0.335 0.069
4 33 M.MELANDRI ITA Fortuna Honda 1'24.698 1'24.223 0.364 0.029
5 71 C.VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1'24.739 1'24.253 0.394 0.030
6 5 C.EDWARDS USA Camel Yamaha Team 1'24.310 1'24.320 0.451 0.057
7 6 M.TAMADA JPN Konica Minolta Honda 1'26.658 1'24.339 0.480 0.029
8 27 C.STONER AUS Honda LCR 1'24.360 1'24.523 0.501 0.021
9 24 T.ELIAS SPA Fortuna Honda 1'26.599 1'24.494 0.635 0.134
10 21 J.HOPKINS USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1'24.608 1'24.663 0.749 0.114
11 46 V.ROSSI ITA Camel Yamaha Team 1'24.674 1'24.822 0.815 0.066
12 7 C.CHECA SPA Tech 3 Yamaha 1'25.100 1'24.883 1.024 0.209
13 65 L.CAPIROSSI ITA Ducati Marlboro Team 1'25.614 1'25.094 1.235 0.211
14 15 S.GIBERNAU SPA Ducati Marlboro Team 1'25.150 1'25.252 1.291 0.056
15 66 A.HOFMANN GER Pramac d'Antín MotoGP 1'25.977 1'25.294 1.435 0.144
16 56 S.NAKANO JPN Kawasaki Racing Team 1'25.659 1'25.598 1.739 0.304
17 17 R.DE PUNIET FRA Kawasaki Racing Team 1'26.913 1'25.651 1.792 0.053
18 77 J.ELLISON GBR Tech 3 Yamaha 1'26.984 1'25.768 1.909 0.117
19 30 J.CARDOSO SPA Pramac d'Antín MotoGP 1'27.531 1'27.020 3.161 1.252

 

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