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Stoner comfortable and on pace at Sachsenring

Stoner comfortable and on pace at Sachsenring

The form rider of 2007 and the fastest man on day one at the Sachsenring, Casey Stoner this morning kept up his good work at the start of the second day of action at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, topping the timesheet in the third MotoGP free practice session by 0.357s.

The form rider of 2007 and the fastest man on day one at the Sachsenring, Casey Stoner this morning kept up his good work at the start of the second day of action at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, topping the timesheet in the third MotoGP free practice session by 0.357s.

The young Aussie Ducati Marlboro rider, who leads the World Championship by 21 points, recorded a best lap of 1'22.656s to improve on his best times from Friday and head the timesheet by 0.357s ahead of team-mate Loris Capirossi.

Perhaps ominously for the rest of the field Stoner showed great race pace with a consistent run of 1'22 laps and with a good qualifying position this afternoon would be a good bet to take his sixth win of the season in tomorrow's tenth race of the year.

Just behind the Ducati pair in this practice run was Honda Gresini's Marco Melandri, while Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki) and Carlos Checa (Honda LCR) were also amongst the top five quickest participants.

John Hopkins (Rizla Suzuki), Fiat Yamaha colleagues Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards, Hopkins' team-mate Chris Vermeulen and World Champion Nicky Hayden, meanwhile, all lapped quick enough to feature in the top ten – Hayden improving after his Friday troubles which included an engine break on his Honda RC212V machinery.

It was a frustrating session for Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3's Sylvain Guintoli who ended up 13th after an early crash, having looked so good yesterday. follow.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, FP3

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