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Dominant Stoner stays in control

Dominant Stoner stays in control

Under clear blue skies and in pleasant temperatures on Europe's Atlantic coast Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner stayed in control of proceedings at Estoril this morning, leading the way by 0.261s from Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi in the third MotoGP free practice run of the weekend.

Under clear blue skies and in pleasant temperatures on Europe's Atlantic coast Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner stayed in control of proceedings at Estoril this morning, leading the way by 0.261s from Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi in the third MotoGP free practice run of the weekend.

For much of the hour-long bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal session Stoner was more than half a second in front of his MotoGP colleagues at the head of the timesheet - as he cut 0.777s from his best Friday effort with a time of 1'37.173 on just his seventh lap. But Rossi put in his best lap of the weekend on the 25th of his 27 attempts to cut the deficit and give himself further hope of improving results this weekend.

Meanwhile, following the current Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 policy of running with qualifying tyres in free practice Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli finished the session third, ahead of Americans Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda) and John Hopkins (Rizla Suzuki).

Hayden's team-mate Dani Pedrosa was sixth, while Guintoli's Tech 3 colleague Makoto Tamada was seventh – also on qualifying compounds.

Carlos Checa (Honda LCR), Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki Racing) and Shinya Nakano (Konica Minolta Honda) completed the top ten.

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MotoGP, 2007, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, FP3

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