Valencia : Final free practice
It is becoming hotter in Valencia, as fans begin to gather in the natural grandstands of the Ricardo Tormo circuit for the final round of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship.
The final free practice sessions for all three categories
were held Saturday morning still under blessing conditions. 125cc
In what is becoming an habit, Alvaro Bautista and his red and yellow Aprilia ruled the field. The World Champion was six tenths of a second fastest than second placed Mika Kallio.
The Spaniard's team mate Héctor Faubel set the third fastest time ahead of an impressive Pol Espargaro and the second KTM of Julian Simon.
Gabor Talmacsi came sixth ahead of both Derbi of Pesek and Terol. Pasini and Abraham rounded off the top ten whilst Bradley Smith was twenty-fifth. MotoGP
The first sparkles were seen as Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden went head-to-head in the final minutes of the session. Both men lapped under the 1'32 bracket to oust Capirossi from the top of the timesheets.
Rossi came on top with a fastest 1'31''817, leaving his Repsol Honda rival 37 thousands of a second behind. The American, though, could have beaten the Camel Yamaha rider in his very last attempt had he not been slowed down in T4. We now can't wait for the qualifying session to begin !
Capirossi was third ahead of Edwards, Melandri and his team mate Troy Bayliss.
The Australian, World Superbike Champion, quickly got to grips with the Bridgestone-shod Desmosedici GP6 and should be a force to reckon with as he has shown a good race pace.
Pedrosa, Hopkins, Vermeulen and Tamada rounded off the top ten. Suffering from back pain, Casey Stoner opted to sit out the session. 250cc
As he did it on Friday, Hiroshi Aoyama fended of the assaults of Spanish riders Héctor Barbera and Jorge Lorenzo to end the practice session on top.
Dovizioso, who doesn't really appreciate this track, came fourth ahead of David De Gea and privateer Anthony West. Simoncelli, De Angelis, Debon and Shuhei Aoyama made it into the top ten.
Aleix Espargaro and Alvaro Molina crashed without consequences.
Sandrine BOUCHARD © CAPSIS International