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Rossi shines at heatwave-hit Catalunya

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Valentino Rossi gave his faltering season the urgent kickstart it needed on Friday when he topped the times in practice for Sunday's Catalunya Grand Prix. 

Yamaha Factory Racing's Italian rider Valentino Rossi performs a wheelie during the second MotoGP free practice of the Catalunya Grand Prix at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, on June 14, 2013. Rossi gave his faltering season the urgent kickstart it needed on Friday when he topped the times in practice for Sunday's Catalunya Grand Prix.

With track temperatures soaring towards the 50-degree mark, the nine-time world champion clocked 1min 42.297sec with Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo in second at 0.049sec while world championship leader Dani Pedrosa was back in third, 0.148sec off the pace.

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