Capirossi leads damp final session

Loris Capirossi set a surprise fastest time in a damp final practice session at Estoril

Capirossi leads damp final session

Although little rain fell during the 45 minutes, track conditions only improved marginally in the session and the circuit was never fully dry.

Pramac Ducati rider Capirossi had been among the quickest in the damp early running, and returned to the top when many riders tried slicks late on.

His best time of 1m44.515s was seven seconds off Friday's dry pace, and half a second ahead of nearest rival Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).

The works Ducatis of Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi were next up, followed by Honda trio Casey Stoner, Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa.

Friday's pacesetter Marco Simoncelli was down in ninth for Gresini Honda, behind LCR Honda's Toni Elias - the Moto2 champion faring much better in the damp than he has in the dry this season.

The only rider who chose not to run at all in the session was Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista, the Spaniard preferring not to take any risks as he continues to recover from the broken leg he sustained in Qatar.

Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap 1. Loris Capirossi Pramac Ducati 1m44.515s 2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m45.079s + 0.564s 3. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m45.955s + 1.440s 4. Valentino Rossi Ducati 1m46.481s + 1.966s 5. Casey Stoner Honda 1m47.676s + 3.161s 6. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1m47.849s + 3.334s 7. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m48.102s + 3.587s 8. Toni Elias LCR Honda 1m48.140s + 3.625s 9. Marco Simoncelli Gresini Honda 1m49.117s + 4.602s 10. Randy de Puniet Pramac Ducati 1m50.896s + 6.381s 11. Karel Abraham Cardion Ducati 1m51.497s + 6.982s 12. Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha 1m51.611s + 7.096s 13. Ben Spies Yamaha 1m52.111s + 7.596s 14. Hector Barbera Aspar Ducati 1m52.704s + 8.189s 15. Hiroshi Aoyama Gresini Honda 1m53.670s + 9.155s 16. Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 1m53.872s + 9.357s 17. Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 
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