Loris Capirossi was forced to succumb to his recent injuries and give his bike to Sylvain Guintoli for the second practice session. Guintoli will replace Capirossi for the rest of the weekend.
Randy De Puniet managed to turn around his recent poor form and claimed 8th position in the practice sessions.
Randy De Puniet – 8th
“I’m pretty satisfied with this first day, as it’s been since Jerez that we haven’t had such a good position in the results. In the afternoon, we worked even better than we did in the morning. The feeling with the bike has improved, and we also finally had some good weather. Tomorrow we’ll work on other areas, and we hope that the whole weekend will be positive. For me, it’s a pleasure to be in the group of riders who are currently going faster than the rest.”
Sylvain Guintoli – 17th
“Apart from my lap time, I can’t complain. The goal for this weekend is to improve session by session in order to find the right feeling with the bike heading into the race. I had some difficulties, of course, but I’m happy to be here and to be racing in MotoGP. It was fun, and I’m sure that tomorrow I’ll improve my time and position.”
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