2008 Shanghai FP1 Times Day 1 - Rossi Leads, Lorenzo Crashes

Valentino Rossi was fastest in this morning's first free practice session, but the big news was Jorge Lorenzo's crash. Lorenzo had a huge highside, more reminiscent of a 500 cc two stroke than a modern electronics-packed MotoGP bike. As a result of the crash, Lorenzo has fractured an ankle, and is not taking part in the second free practice session. Doubts remain as to whether he will reappear during the remainder of the weekend.

The speculation about Marco Melandri has intensified, after Melandri finished the first session nearly 5 seconds down on Valentino Rossi's time.

1 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'59.906
2 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 2'00.318 0.412 0.412
3 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 2'00.819 0.913 0.501
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 2'00.974 1.068 0.155
5 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 2'01.153 1.247 0.179
6 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 2'01.249 1.343 0.096
7 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 2'01.287 1.381 0.038
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 2'01.419 1.513 0.132
9 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 2'01.513 1.607 0.094
10 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 2'01.588 1.682 0.075
11 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 2'01.984 2.078 0.396
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 2'02.026 2.120 0.042
13 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 2'02.091 2.185 0.065
14 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 2'02.199 2.293 0.108
15 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 2'02.480 2.574 0.281
16 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 2'02.521 2.615 0.041
17 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 2'03.174 3.268 0.653
18 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 2'04.857 4.951 1.683

Circuit records

Fastest Lap: Lap 24 Valentino ROSSI 1'59.906 158.554 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2006 Dani PEDROSA 1'59.318 159.335 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2007 Valentino ROSSI 1'58.424 160.538 Km/h
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