Rain started falling just at Mugello just as the MotoGP riders were to take to the track for their warm up session, and the rain shook up the paddock hierarchy. Casey Stoner was the quickest of the bunch, and would have been by even more if he hadn't been balked on his final lap, running into traffic as he exited Correntaio. But Marco Melandri gave the Australian a run for his money, the rain removing the horsepower advantage the Ducati has over the Kawasaki. Unsurprisingly, Chris Vermeulen clocked the 3rd fastest time, while Valentino Rossi was in touch with the top 3.
The rain suited Nicky Hayden, who set the 6th fastest time, and his best result in a practice session for a very long time. But it pleased Jorge Lorenzo less, the polesitter only going 13th fastest, and nearly 3 seconds off Stoner's pace. Dani Pedrosa was out and riding, despite having torn a muscle in his hip yesterday, which left him in excruciating pain. If the rain stays, this will suit the Spaniard, as he will need less physical strength to muscle his Repsol Honda around the track, and he may be able to finish the race and score some valuable points. Pedrosa had already placed a question mark over his ability to last the race had the weather been as hot and sunny on race day as it was during qualifying. As it was, he set the 11th fastest time.
The weather is set to stay wet, though it should be showers, rather than steady rain. All that leaves the question of what tires to go out on, and whether tires will need to be changed up in the air. It's likely to be a very messy Italian Grand Prix.
Results of MotoGP warm up:
|7||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||2'03.301||1.562||0.452|
|9||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||HONDA||2'03.880||2.141||0.474|