2007 Sachsenring FP2 Times - Day 1

Another session dominated by Casey Stoner this afternoon. Stoner was consistently the fastest rider, and took another big chunk out of the lap record today. Valentino Rossi was once again the only man who could get anywhere near Stoner, finally closing to within 35/100ths of the Australian.

The big surprise of the session is Sylvain Guintoli up in 4th spot. Guintoli set his fastest time on a set of qualifiers, but was quick on the previous laps on harder compound tires. Whether he can carry this form into qualifying remains to be seen, but the Dunlops have looked better than ever so far at the Sachsenring.

This afternoon's session was riddled with incidents, with rider after riding running off the track, though few actually crashed and hurt themselves. But the session was rounded off with a piece of grand theater, with Nicky Hayden's Honda RC212V self-destructing in the most spectacular manner, spewing out smoke and engine parts onto the track down the front straight. The disintegration of his engine marked the end of a difficult session for the reigning world champion, as he failed to improve his time from the morning practice.

Practice continues tomorrow morning, before the qualifying session tomorrow afternoon to determine the grid.

1 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'22.737
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'23.083 0.346 0.346
3 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'23.366 0.629 0.283
4 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI YAMAHA 1'23.387 0.650 0.021
5 7 Carlos CHECA HONDA 1'23.413 0.676 0.026
6 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'23.430 0.693 0.017
7 4 Alex BARROS DUCATI 1'23.548 0.811 0.118
8 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'23.613 0.876 0.065
9 21 John HOPKINS SUZUKI 1'23.645 0.908 0.032
10 14 Randy DE PUNIET KAWASAKI 1'23.667 0.930 0.022
11 71 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'23.683 0.946 0.016
12 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'23.687 0.950 0.004
13 66 Alex HOFMANN DUCATI 1'23.856 1.119 0.169
14 6 Makoto TAMADA YAMAHA 1'24.090 1.353 0.234
15 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'24.106 1.369 0.016
16 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'24.208 1.471 0.102
17 1 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'24.238 1.501 0.030
18 84 Michel FABRIZIO HONDA 1'24.748 2.011 0.510
19 80 Kurtis ROBERTS KR212V 1'25.316 2.579 0.568

Circuit Record:

Fastest Lap: Casey STONER 1'22.737 159.73 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2006 Dani PEDROSA 1'23.355 158.545 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2006 Dani PEDROSA 1'21.815 161.530 Km/h
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