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Stoner looking hot in warm-up

Stoner looking hot in warm-up

In the MotoGP warm-up session this morning in already hot conditions at Barcelona's Montmelo track Casey Stoner was the man on the pace ahead of this afternoon's Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya race.

In the MotoGP warm-up session this morning in already hot conditions at Barcelona's Montmelo track Casey Stoner was the man on the pace ahead of this afternoon's Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya race.

Stoner starts the MotoGP contest at 2pm local time fourth on the grid as he goes in search of his fourth victory of the 2007 season. He showed good race pace yesterday in FP3 and was out in front again this morning, although with track temperature expected to rise considerably before the MotoGP riders reappear for the race not a huge amount can be read into the morning lap times.

Nonetheless Kawasaki's Randy de Puniet will be pleased to have lapped just 0.087s slower than Stoner before he sets off later from second position on the grid in his first MotoGP front row start.

John Hopkins was third fastest meanwhile, with Loris Capirossi fourth and Nicky Hayden completing the top five.

In the 250cc class current leader and reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was leading the way again, adding to his race-winning credentials at the Catalunya circuit. The fiery Spaniard was followed by Italian rival Andrea Dovizioso, who's currently trailing him by 27 points in the points table. Third fastest was last week's Italian GP winner Alvaro Bautista, while Marco Simoncelli and Julian Simon completed the top five.

In the 125cc class, Polaris World rider Mattia Pasini topped the timesheet ahead of pole-man Gabor Talmacsi. As was the case in qualifying, the Hungarian rider was followed by his Bancaja Aspar team-mates, series leader Hector Faubel and Sergio Gadea. Swiss youngster Randy Krummenacher completed the top five while Briton Bradley Smith, who will start today's race from the front row, was sixth fastest.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, WUP

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