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Hayden leads the way as Stoner crashes in warm-up

Hayden leads the way as Stoner crashes in warm-up

The MotoGP warm-up session this morning at the A-Style TT Assen took place in dry, sunny conditions at the ‘Cathedral of motorcycling' as the World Championship stars made their final preparations for the ninth race of the 2007 season.

The MotoGP warm-up session this morning at the A-Style TT Assen took place in dry, sunny conditions at the ‘Cathedral of motorcycling' as the World Championship stars made their final preparations for the ninth race of the 2007 season.

World Champion Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda) again showed his recently rediscovered good pace on a dry surface to top the timesheet and he will need to be on top form if he is to challenge for a podium finish after qualifying 13th.

His compatriot John Hopkins (Rizla Suzuki) was second fastest, while Valentino Rossi (11th on the grid) was third, ahead of his Fiat Yamaha colleague Colin Edwards and Hayden's team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who completed the top five.

Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner hit the deck when he crashed on the final corner of the circuit with just over five minutes to go, but the championship leader suffered no ill affects and even had time to jog into pit lane for a quick run out on his replacement Desmosedici GP07. Despite his scratched leathers the Australian was able to put in a lap which left him ninth on the timesheet after his fall and he will still be confident of another good result when he gets away in second on the grid later today.

In the 250cc morning outing Jorge Lorenzo (Fortuna Aprilia) warmed up at the head of the timesheet with the ninth of his ten laps a remarkable 1.655s quicker than his nearest rival Andrea Dovizioso (Kopron Team Scot) who was second quickest.

Spanish pair Alvaro Bautista (Master – Mapfre Aspar) and Julian Simon (Repsol Honda) were third and fourth respectively, while Red Bull KTM's Hiroshi Aoyama completed the top five.

Meanwhile in the 125cc warm-up another Japanese Red Bull KTM rider topped the timesheet, Tomoyoshi Koyama showing the kind of pace he will need for a podium finish as he gets away from 13th on the grid.

Behind the Japanese rider on the timesheet were Bancaja Aspar team-mates Gabor Talmacsi (sixth on the grid) and Hector Faubel (starts seventh), followed by Lukas Pesek of Valsir Seedorf Derbi - who after qualifying second yesterday has his best grid position of the year - and Polaris World pole man Mattia Pasini who was fifth fastest this morning.

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MotoGP, 2007, A-STYLE TT ASSEN, WUP

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