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Warm-up run sees Stoner back on top

Warm-up run sees Stoner back on top

Having seen reigning MotoGP title holder Nicky Hayden snatch pole from his grasp on Saturday afternoon, Ducati Marlboro's champion-elect Casey Stoner was back at the head of the timesheet this morning at Estoril in the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal warm-up.

Having seen reigning MotoGP title holder Nicky Hayden snatch pole from his grasp on Saturday afternoon, Ducati Marlboro's champion-elect Casey Stoner was back at the head of the timesheet this morning at Estoril in the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal warm-up.

The young Aussie star, who could become World Champion today at round 14 of the season and starts from second on the grid, lapped in 1'37.495s - to put him 0.255s in front of second fastest participant Randy de Puniet of Kawasaki.

Rizla Suzuki's John Hopkins who disappointingly starts from his worst grid position of the year in tenth later, was third in this morning's run-out, while Hayden and Repsol Honda colleague Dani Pedrosa were fourth and fifth – with Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) sixth.

The 250cc warm-up, meanwhile, saw Kopron Team Scot's Andrea Dovizioso lap quickest - ahead of his second pole start of the year this afternoon - whilst title favourite and World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was off the pace in eighth position.

Behind Dovizioso his team-mate Yuki Takahashi was third fastest, with Julian Simon (Repsol Honda) sandwiched between the pair in second. Red Bull KTM's Mika Kallio and Team Toth's Hector Barbera were fourth and fifth respectively.

In the 125cc run-out at the start of the morning Polaris World's Mattia Pasini topped the timesheet having taken his seventh pole of the 2007 World Championship season yesterday afternoon.

Pasini lapped in 1'45.556 to put him ahead of fellow top five finishers Sergio Gadea (Bancaja Aspar), Simone Corsi (Skilled Racing Team), championship leader Gabor Talmacsi (Bancaja Aspar) and Joan Olive (also Polaris World).

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

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