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Capirossi on top in final Estoril practice

Loris Capirossi fastest during Free Practice (3) for the Portuguese MotoGP at Estoril.
For the first time in a long time, Loris Capirossi was back on top of the MotoGP timesheets during the damp final free practice session for the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril.

Just 15th out of the 17 riders after Friday's pair of dry sessions, the Pramac Ducati rider made the most of the reduced grip to finish 0.564sec clear of Yamaha's reigning world champion and 2011 title leader Jorge Lorenzo on Saturday morning.

Capirossi and Lorenzo both rode for 17 laps, the most of any riders. The best times were set after a change to slicks towards the end of the session, but track conditions meant Capirossi was still seven seconds off full dry pace.

Factory Ducati team-mates Nicky Hayden (+1.440sec) and Valentino Rossi (+1.966sec) underlined that, whatever the GP11 is lacking in the dry, it is among the best in the wet as they made it three Desmosedicis in the top four.

Fifth place Casey Stoner (+3.161sec) led the trio of Repsol Hondas, despite riding for only seven laps, with team-mates Andrea Dovizioso (+3.334sec) and Dani Pedrosa (3.587sec) in close formation behind him.

2006 Estoril winner Toni Elias made use of the conditions to claim eighth for Honda LCR, with San Carlo Honda Gresini's Marco Simoncelli - fastest in both of Friday's dry sessions - ninth and Capirossi's team-mate Randy de Puniet tenth.

The only rider not on track this morning was unsurprisingly Rizla Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista, who is making his return from a broken femur and wisely elected not to take any risks in the unpredictable conditions.

Qualifying takes place later this afternoon.

Friday practice (3):

1. Capirossi
2. Lorenzo
3. Hayden
4. Rossi
5. Stoner
6. Dovizioso
7. Pedrosa
8. Elias
9. Simoncelli
10. de Puniet
11. Abraham
12. Edwards
13. Spies
14. Barbera
15. Aoyama
16. Crutchlow

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