Valentino Rossi led a dry warm-up session prior to this afternoon's German Grand Prix, edging out pole sitter and long time session leader Max Biaggi in the final minutes of an incident filled warm-up.

Behind the two Italian's, rookie Nicky Hayden turned heads with the third fastest time, ahead of Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau - the latter riding with the new 'loud' RCV exhausts, while two-stroke hero McWilliams was sixth ahead of Bayliss.

However, the talking point of the session occurred with ten minutes to go when Capirossi's pre-race preparations suffered a spectacular setback after he low sided from his Desmosedici - sending the V4 cartwheeling through the gravel.

All looked well until the marshals lifted the machine when it promptly exploded in flames, sending the marshal's scattering. The faming #65 machine was eventually extinguished, but only after it was burnt beyond recognition.

Also in trouble was Colin Edwards (who suffered his own fiery accident on Friday) - his Aprilia stopped twice in the space of ten minutes, while Rossi also survived a late session off road adventure.

Warm-up:

1. Rossi
2. Biaggi
3. Hayden
4. Capirossi
5. Gibernau
6. McWilliams
7. Bayliss
8. Checa
9. Melandri
10. Barros
11. Ukawa
12. Tamada
13. Nakano
14. Aoki
15. Jacque
16. Edwards
17. Haga
18. Abe
19. Kiyonari
20. Roberts
21. Hopkins
22. McCoy
23. Hofmann
24. Pitt
25. de Gea