The morning started wet, with rain during the 125 practice session, but though the MotoGP riders went out on a damp track, at least the rain had stopped. The rain was good for some, though, as Ant West finally found himself running nearer the front, rather than at the back. West was joined early on by Chris Vermeulen, the other wet weather wizard, but Vermeulen's time didn't improve as fast as the conditions.
But it was the names you would expect who were fastest. Casey Stoner ran only a few laps, but they were good enough for the fastest time, and Stoner was fast almost from the moment he hit the track. Valentino Rossi made good use of the weather to gain valuable experience on wet-weather Bridgestones, and Shinya Nakano showed that he still has what it takes, taking a surprising 3rd fastest time.
Nakano and West weren't the only riders to benefit from the conditions. West was usually to be found at the rear of the pack, down with the Alice Ducatis, but the conditions meant that Guintoli and Elias managed much more respectable performances.
The Tech 3 team finally got their pneumatic valve engined Yamahas, which meant they should be much faster, but Toseland and Edwards spent most of the time at the bottom of the timesheets, with the slowest top speeds, presumably down to getting the electronics dialed in to deal with the power coming out of the Parabolica.
Alex de Angelis made only a brief appearance at the end of the session, as the San Marinese rider is struggling with a severe bout of 'flu and tonsilitis.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Manufacturer||Fast Lap||Diff||Diff Previous|
|10||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||1'50.422||2.522||0.144|
|14||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||HONDA||1'51.195||3.295||0.434|
|Fastest Lap:||Lap 12||Casey STONER||1'47.900||139.529 Km/h|
|Circuit Record Lap:||2007||Nicky HAYDEN||1'37.493||154.423 Km/h|
|Circuit Best Lap:||2006||Valentino ROSSI||1'36.200||156.498 Km/h|