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Warm-up provides confidence for Stoner

Warm-up provides confidence for Stoner

In the customary early Sunday MotoGP warm-up homecoming champion Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro) got the Phillip Island crowd buzzing with further anticipation as he topped the timesheet ahead of Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) by a 0.475s margin.

In the customary early Sunday MotoGP warm-up homecoming champion Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro) got the Phillip Island crowd buzzing with further anticipation as he topped the timesheet ahead of Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) by a 0.475s margin.

The GMC Australian Grand Prix MotoGP race will see that pair start on the front row later today behind pole setter Dani Pedrosa, but the Repsol Honda rider was 0.749s slower than Stoner in this warm-up session to put him sixth on the timesheet - before suffering an embarrassing fall from his 800cc RC212V when practicing starts at the conclusion of the outing.

Kawasaki's Frenchman Randy de Puniet was third quickest, ahead of Pedrosa's Honda team-mate and now ‘former World Champion' Nicky Hayden, with Pramac d'Antin's Alex Barros rounding off the top five.

Behind Pedrosa were Honda Gresini's Marco Melandri, another home favourite Ant West (Kawasaki), Ducati Marlboro's Loris Capirossi and Rizla Suzuki's John Hopkins.

In the 250cc run-out World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Fortuna Aprilia) continued his dominant form this weekend to top the timesheets by a healthy margin again as he goes in search of his ninth victory from pole later today.

The Spaniard went round 0.406s ahead of countryman Alvaro Bautista (Master Mapfre Aspar), though Andrea Dovizioso (Kopron Team Scot) improved on his qualifying form to lap third fastest.

The other rider still hoping to wreck Lorenzo's double title dream, Alex de Angelis (Master - Mapfre Aspar), was fourth quickest, just ahead of Hector Barbera (Team Toth).

The additional riders recording times good enough to put them in the top ten were Marco Simoncelli (Metis Gilera), Shuhei Aoyama (Repsol Honda), Mika Kallio (Red Bull KTM), Julian Simon (Repsol Honda) and Yuki Takahashi (Kopron Team Scot).

In the first session of the day, which commenced at 8.40am local time, the 125cc riders got proceedings underway with Polaris World rider Mattia Pasini setting the pace - having taken pole yesterday.

The Italian was 0.093s ahead of second fastest participant Raffaele de Rosa (Multimedia Racing), his compatriot and fellow Aprilia rider, who starts today's single cylinder contest just behind him on the grid.

Pasini's team-mate Joan Olive (Polaris World) was third quickest, with Bancaja Aspar colleagues and World title rivals Gabor Talmacsi and Hector Faubel fourth and fifth respectively.

Tomoyoshi Koyama (Red Bull KTM), Lukas Pesek (Valsir Seedorf Derbi), Nicolas Terol (Valsir Seedorf Derbi), Randy Krummenacher (Red Bull KTM) and Sandro Cortese (Emmi Caffe Latte) were also featured in the top ten.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, WUP, Casey Stoner

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