Valentino Rossi’s YZR-M1 will carry a one-off livery for the Grand Prix of Catalunya this weekend in celebration of the European Football Championships, which begin on Sunday. The championship leader’s bike has been specially painted in the style of the shirts of the Italian national team, the ‘Azzurri’, ahead of their opening game against Holland on Monday. Rossi will also wear leathers designed in the same vein and even his famous number 46 has undergone a change for the weekend.
Dani Pedrosa ran the best times in the morning and afternoon free practices. Second fastest in the combined results was Loris Capirossi, followed by Rossi and Stoner. The top four were seperated by less than 1 tenth of a second.
Bad news for Jorge Lorenzo again with another fall which seems to have fractured one of his fingers and done more damage to one of his ankles. It can't be put down to Lorenzo's previous injuries that he came off again as almost half the riders had falls in the two practice sessions.