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Rossi leads warm-up at Assen

Valentino Rossi fastest during warm-up for the Dutch MotoGP at Assen.
Valentino Rossi led a MotoGP track session for the first time as a Ducati rider, during a damp morning warm-up session at Assen.

Spots of rain began falling as the 20-minute session began, and got steadily heavier.

Only ten riders set a 'proper' lap time, with Rossi - who will start just 11th on the grid - fastest on his third of six laps.

Yamaha's reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo was 4.260sec slower than his former team-mate, although the lap times meant very little.

With Loris Capirossi injured in Friday qualifying, only 16 riders will start this afternoon's race, which could see the first flag-to-flag (bike-swap) race of the season should the off-on rain showers continue.


1. Rossi
2. Lorenzo
3. Spies
4. Hayden
5. Dovizioso
6. Aoyama
7. Elias
8. Barbera
9. Bautista
10. Akiyoshi
11. Abraham
12. Crutchlow
13. Simoncelli
de Puniet

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Stoner - Unregistered

June 25, 2011 10:32 AM

Derrin, you are soo right. Anyone who actually really does love bike racing, loves bike racing itself. Yes you may have favourites, but you should watch it for the sport, the skill, the entertainment. The coments on here are like being with a set of football hooligans, slagging any rider off who's not their favourite. I have opinions of the riders, but they are all fantastic, and far better on a bike than I could ever be and I love to watch them. After completing the Senior TT at this years Isle of Man, coming in second by seconds after doing 6 laps of one of the most dangerous and demanding races on the planet, Guy Martin (2nd) went up to the Winner Mcguiness, gave him a hug and said "Your my hero", in the press conference they had a mass ice cream fight!! A lot of mutual respect and friendship, how it should be and in most racin and grass roots racing how it is!

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