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.
Behind the front two, Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards were also consistently fast. Though John Hopkins ended up with the 5th quickest time, he was much further down the field for most of the session. Makoto Tamada took 6th, once again using a qualifier to get himself up into the fast times.
This morning's session was dry, though cool, but a band of rain is making it's way across the Netherlands, expect to reach Assen within the next hour or so. It's arrival looks to coincide exactly with the MotoGP qualifying practice, so qualifying could be very interesting. The first few minutes could be very spectacular, if the track is still dry, with people risking a qualifier early. Tomorrow's weather is predicted to be dry in the morning, with a chance of rain in the afternoon, but it looks like the race will be run in dry conditions, leaving this morning's session as probably the best indication of what's going to happen tomorrow.
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