2008 Shanghai FP2 Times Day 1 - Stoner Back On Top, But Only Just

Casey Stoner was the fastest man on track during this afternoon's session, returning to familiar form. But his lead was small, and he had Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa snapping at his heels. The lead swapped several times during the session, but the Australian World Champion eventually came out on top.

Further down the field, several riders made remarkable improvements. Biggest surprise so far was Shinya Nakano's 4th fastest time, the Japanese rider really starting to find his feet on the Bridgestone-shod Gresini Honda. Some of the Ducatis showed an improvement as well, with Marco Melandri finding a couple of seconds and getting closer to contention. But it is Toni Elias who has made the biggest jump. At previous races, Elias had been running round at the very back of the grid, but the improvements the Spaniard found in testing at Estoril is starting to pay off, with Elias setting an 11th fastest time. James Toseland also made a big step forward, taking him up from 16th to 13th.

Practice continues tomorrow morning.

Provisional results, results and times in full to follow.

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 2'00.163
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 2'00.215 0.052 0.052
3 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 2'00.361 0.198 0.146
4 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 2'00.553 0.390 0.192
5 21 John HOPKINS KAWASAKI 2'00.591 0.428 0.038
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 2'00.607 0.444 0.016
7 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 2'00.931 0.768 0.324
8 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 2'00.964 0.801 0.033
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 2'01.027 0.864 0.063
10 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 2'01.064 0.901 0.037
11 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 2'01.326 1.163 0.262
12 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 2'01.504 1.341 0.178
13 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 2'01.798 1.635 0.294
14 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 2'01.913 1.750 0.115
15 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 2'02.002 1.839 0.089
16 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 2'02.348 2.185 0.346
17 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 2'02.407 2.244 0.059
Not Classified
48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA

Circuit records

Fastest Lap: Lap 7 Casey STONER 2'00.163 158.215 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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