2009 Mugello MotoGP WUP Result - Rain Shakes Up The Order

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:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 2'01.739    
2 33 Marco MELANDRI KAWASAKI 2'02.234 0.495 0.495
3 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 2'02.395 0.656 0.161
4 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 2'02.529 0.790 0.134
5 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 2'02.666 0.927 0.137
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 2'02.849 1.110 0.183
7 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 2'03.301 1.562 0.452
8 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 2'03.406 1.667 0.105
9 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 2'03.880 2.141 0.474
10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 2'04.070 2.331 0.190
11 3 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 2'04.196 2.457 0.126
12 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 2'04.430 2.691 0.234
13 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 2'04.683 2.944 0.253
14 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 2'04.859 3.120 0.176
15 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 2'05.100 3.361 0.241
16 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI HONDA 2'05.506 3.767 0.406
17 88 Niccolo CANEPA DUCATI 2'06.524 4.785 1.018
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