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Stoner tops timesheet in Turkey warm-up

Stoner tops timesheet in Turkey warm-up

Casey Stoner gave Valentino Rossi a quick reminder of his potential for this afternoon's MotoGP race at the Grand Prix of Turkey as the young Aussie headed the warm-up timesheets at Istanbul Park this morning.

Casey Stoner gave Valentino Rossi a quick reminder of his potential for this afternoon's MotoGP race at the Grand Prix of Turkey as the young Aussie headed the warm-up timesheets at Istanbul Park this morning.

Having looked so good in free practice Ducati Marlboro's Stoner slipped back in qualifying to fourth on the grid, whilst Rossi took pole – with both riders looking for their second victory of the season when battle commences at 3pm local time today.

But Stoner pushed ahead again in the warm-up, lapping in 1'53.615, just 0.240s off his qualifying time, and around half a second quicker than his nearest rival in this morning's session, Toni Elias – who himself was marginally faster than Stoner's Italian team-mate Loris Capirossi and the other Australian on the grid Chris Vermeulen.

Yamaha pair Colin Edwards and Rossi were eighth and ninth in the warm-up, both nearly two seconds slower than the times which saw them take second and pole respectively in qualifying - so they will hope for good race set-ups this afternoon.

Having snatched pole in yesterday's second qualifying session in the 250cc category Andrea Dovizioso again demonstrated his pace this morning as he came out on top of the quarter litre class warm-up timesheets, lapping in 1'58.217, 0.348s quicker than second fastest rider Alex de Angelis and 0.670s quicker than World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Hector Barbera, who starts the race later in a disappointing 10th place on the grid was the fourth fastest, while 125cc World Champion Alvaro Bautista ended up fifth on the timesheet, followed by Julian Simon, Mika Kallio and Anthony West.

Irish rider Eugene Laverty (Honda LCR) and Hiroshi Aoyama (Red Bull KTM) were involved in a collision which resulted in the Japanese rider being carried away on a stretcher, though in fact neither were seriously injured and both will ride in the race this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Hector Faubel set the pace in the single cylinder class, the Valencian rider recording a lap of 2'04.958 – just 0.007s off the time which saw him qualify second on the grid yesterday. Just behind him on the timesheet was Tomoyoshi Koyama, while third quickest was current 125cc World Championship leader Gabor Talmácsi.

Bradley Smith, Simone Corsi, Pablo Nieto and the Polaris World riders Joan Olive and Mattia Pasini were the other riders among the eight fastest, with Pasini ready to start from pole in this afternoon's race.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, WUP, Casey Stoner

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