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I don't agree with "FP1 is FP1." Perhaps back in the days of QP tires and the likes, that was the case, but the sport has evolved since then. There's a reason why Nicky is putting so much pressure on himself to be fast on Friday because as everyone improves, you don't want to be stuck behind the curve trying to improve on 12th place on Friday, when others are improving on 3rd, 4th, and 5th places. These days, slow on Friday means that you're behind the eight ball. Until they put in a second Friday FP session, then Friday (which is in the afternoon, like the race) is crucial in finding that warm weather set up; contrary to Saturday mornings, which are cooler and give different bike dynamics.
Rossi did stints of 10, 9, 7 and 3 laps. Still hasn't put together a full race distance, but no one expects him to during free practice. He's complained of some pain, but will wait for later tonight to assess the kind of swelling after today. He said the bike was more agile than the tests, which has helped (duh, GP vs. WSBK).
"Itīs not easier to ride, but I donīt need something easier, I need something faster." - Nicky Hayden #69
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