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Stoner warms up ahead of the pack at Sachsenring

Stoner warms up ahead of the pack at Sachsenring

As he has done in every session so far this weekend at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, World Championship leader Casey Stoner topped the timesheet in this morning's customary pre-race warm-up at Sachsenring.

As he has done in every session so far this weekend at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, World Championship leader Casey Stoner topped the timesheet in this morning's customary pre-race warm-up at Sachsenring.

The young Australian goes in search of a sixth win of the season from pole in the tenth race of the year this afternoon and the morning run saw him lead the way as he again looked comfortable and competitive at the famous German circuit.

Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) finally found some pace to lap just 0.011s behind his title rival, while Rossi's team-mate Colin Edwards was third on the timesheet and Stoner's Ducati colleague Loris Capirossi was fourth. Honda Gresini's Marco Melandri completed the top five.

World Champion Nicky Hayden starts in 14th on the grid so will be pleased that he found the pace to lap sixth quickest, though he will have his work cut out if he is to repeat his first podium finish of the year at Assen in today's German contest.

Meanwhile the 250cc session saw poleman Mika Kallio down in seventh place on the timesheet, the Finn lapping 0.450s off the pace set by his KTM colleague Hiroshi Aoyama who came out on top.

The Japanese rider, who starts the race sixth on the grid, was just 0.031s ahead of the second quickest participant Alex de Angelis (Master Mapfre Aspar), while Julian Simon was third.

World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Fortuna Aprilia) has been slightly off the pace this weekend and he completed the top five behind rival Andrea Dovizioso (Kopron Team Scot).

In the 125cc warm-up, the customary first session on Grand Prix race days, it was Polaris World's Mattia Pasini – second on the grid for today's single cylinder contest – who lapped quickest, with a time of 1'27.471s.

The Italian was 0.192s quicker than pole man Gabor Talmacsi (Bancaja Aspar), with the pair certain to be seeing more of each other once the real action gets underway at 11am local time.

Swiss youngster Randy Krummenacher (Red Bull KTM 125) was third fastest as he went round just 0.279s slower than Pasini, with the top five completed by Bancaja Aspar's Sergio Gadea and his young Spanish compatriot Pol Espargaro (Belson Campetella Aprilia).

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MotoGP, 2007, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, WUP

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