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Stoner sets early Sachsenring pace

Stoner sets early Sachsenring pace

Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner was the man on the pace in the first MotoGP free practice session of the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland weekend with a 1'23.058s lap of Sachsenring, ahead of second fastest participant Carlos Checa by more than half a second.

Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner was the man on the pace in the first MotoGP free practice session of the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland weekend with a 1'23.058s lap of Sachsenring, toppong the timesheet ahead of second fastest participant Carlos Checa by more than half a second.

The young Australian rider, who leads the World Championship by 21 points after nine races of the 2007 season, was 0.686s ahead of Spaniard Checa (Honda LCR) and was more than a second faster than Rizla Suzuki's John Hopkins - who lapped third quickest.

But from Hopkins down to home rider Alex Hofmann (Pramac d'Antin) in 15th place on the timesheet the subsequent gap was just one more second, demonstrating the competitiveness on the MotoGP grid and the pace of Stoner's early hot lap.

Behind Hopkins, Colin Edwards (Fiat Yamaha) and Marco Melandri (Honda Gresini) completed the top five, while Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki Racing), Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda), Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha), Sylvain Guintoli (Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3) and Anthony West (Kawasaki Racing) were all in the top ten.

Hayden and de Puniet had light crashes, while Alex Barros (Pramac d'Antin) managed just nine laps as he suffered a spectacular accident mid-way through the session in which he slid along the asphalt for a considerable distance, as he was unable to get free of his machinery. Updates will follow on any injury news.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, FP1

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