Kocinski, the 1990 250cc champion has not won a race this season after finishing fourth in the 500cc last year, but he denied rumours of his imminent departure from Kenny Roberts's team. 'This is a circuit made for the Yamahas,' he said.
Gardner, who is struggling with a back injury, was pleased with his time, and said that his Honda was moving exceptionally well. 'The broken rib is still giving me a little bit of a problem and while I am riding I can feel it pinching sometimes, but the worst is after practice when it aches quite a lot,' he said.
The defending world champion, Wayne Rainey, recorded the third-fastest time, just ahead of his compatriot, Doug Chandler.
The circuit came in for severe criticism from some riders. Eddie Lawson, the four-times world champion who is planning to retire at the end of the season, condemned it: 'It has stupid and dangerous corners,' he said.
Official practice times,
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