2007 Phillip Island FP2 Times - Day 1

The weather was it's typical Phillip Island self today in Australia: cold, blustery with generous sprinklings of rain. Everyone complained of problems setting up due to the weather, and things don't look like improving for tomorrow. One man, though, seemed utterly unperturbed by the whole affair. Casey Stoner, conquering hero, put in his usual performance, turning up on Friday morning, and being fastest from the word go. The only minor blemish on his record was a tumble at the end of FP2, crashing on a very slick patch which had caught out Chaz Davies moments earlier.

Fortunately for the tire companies, both manufacturers seem evenly matched, with the exception of Stoner, with both Bridgestone and Michelin runners in the top half of the timesheets. But both tire makers are equally stumped by the weather, the cold and showers wreaking havoc on any kind of decision making process for finding a race tire.

It's not just tires which are affected by the weather, though. A couple of new fairings have appeared, with Casey Stoner running a fairing with a modified nose and screen section to help cope with wind buffeting, and Nicky Hayden finally receiving a fairing with a much larger front section, to help him cope with the buffeting he's been suffering all year from the tiny version of the original RC212V fairing.

Practice continues tomorrow, with both free practice and qualifying sessions expected to be run in damp, cold and blustery weather.

1 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'31.286
2 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'31.555 0.269 0.269
3 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'31.802 0.516 0.247
4 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'31.934 0.648 0.132
5 14 Randy DE PUNIET KAWASAKI 1'31.996 0.710 0.062
6 4 Alex BARROS DUCATI 1'32.164 0.878 0.168
7 7 Carlos CHECA HONDA 1'32.182 0.896 0.018
8 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'32.203 0.917 0.021
9 1 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'32.316 1.030 0.113
10 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'32.459 1.173 0.143
11 21 John HOPKINS SUZUKI 1'33.274 1.988 0.815
12 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'33.838 2.552 0.564
13 57 Chaz DAVIES DUCATI 1'33.910 2.624 0.072
14 71 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'33.945 2.659 0.035
15 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'33.965 2.679 0.020
16 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI YAMAHA 1'33.991 2.705 0.026
17 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'34.204 2.918 0.213
18 6 Makoto TAMADA YAMAHA 1'35.177 3.891 0.973
19 80 Kurtis ROBERTS KR212V 1'36.121 4.835 0.944
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