Colin Edwards has put his qualifying disappointment behind him to top the 20-minute warm-up session by 0.113secs from world champion Valentino Rossi.

Edwards qualified his Telefonica Honda just tenth yesterday after a mistake at the final corner of his quickest lap, but the Texan has set the pace in both free practice sessions and his warm-up time of 1min 59.077secs was a full 0.5secs faster than he'd managed in qualifying.

Rossi faired little better yesterday, being left in eighth place, but also proved that there is little wrong with his race pace by closing to just over a tenth adrift of Edwards and 0.259secs clear of factory Yamaha team-mate, and pole sitter, Carlos Checa.

Repsol Honda riders Alex Barros and Nicky Hayden took a late fourth and fifth as they circulated together, Hayden getting his RCV into all sorts of shapes, while Suzuki star John Hopkins claimed a promising sixth, 0.555secs from Edwards.

Twelfth on the grid Max Biaggi looked in better form as he set the seventh fastest time, enough to hold off front row starter Sete Gibernau and Ducati's Troy Bayliss (who took a trip though the gravel). Meanwhile, Marco Melandri made it three M1s in the top ten.

Further back, fifth on the grid Shinya Nakano was left a disappointed man after his ZX-RR appeared to break down with just two-minutes to go. As a result, the Japanese was just 16th fastest, but still in front of countryman Norick Abe, Makoto Tamada and Yukio Kagayama.

Warm-up:

1. Edwards
2. Rossi
3. Checa
4. Barros
5. Hayden
6. Hopkins
7. Biaggi
8. Gibernau
9. Bayliss
10. Melandri
11. Xaus
12. McWilliams
13. Capirossi
14. Hofmann
15. Hodgson
16. Nakano
17. Abe
18. Tamada
19. Kagayama
20. Haydon
21. Ellison
22. Aoki

 

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