2008 Estoril FP1 Times Day 1 - A Damp Start, The Usual Leader

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
1 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'47.900
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'48.599 0.699 0.699
3 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'48.754 0.854 0.155
4 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'48.873 0.973 0.119
5 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 1'49.530 1.630 0.657
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'49.787 1.887 0.257
7 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'49.903 2.003 0.116
8 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'50.123 2.223 0.220
9 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'50.278 2.378 0.155
10 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'50.422 2.522 0.144
11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'50.447 2.547 0.025
12 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'50.588 2.688 0.141
13 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'50.761 2.861 0.173
14 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'51.195 3.295 0.434
15 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'51.392 3.492 0.197
16 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'52.045 4.145 0.653
17 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'53.196 5.296 1.151
18 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'53.907 6.007 0.711

Circuit Records:

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
Tweet Button: 

Back to top