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Stoner in good shape in early session

Stoner in good shape in early session

Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner got his Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix weekend off to a good start by lapping the Sepang circuit a second quicker than all his MotoGP rivals, with the exception of Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa who managed to get within 0.572s of the new World Champion.

Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner got his Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix weekend off to a good start by lapping the Sepang circuit a second quicker than all his MotoGP rivals, with the exception of Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa who managed to get within 0.572s of the new World Champion.

Stoner's early pace is perhaps ominous for his premier class rivals with the young Australian having dominated several Grand Prix weekends from start to finish in his remarkable Ducati-debut World Championship winning season, but Pedrosa and co. will attempt to bridge the gap in the second free practice run later today.

Stoner's lap of 2'04.542s was enough to keep him more than half a second in front of Pedrosa, while 2006 champion Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda) was 1.198s slower in third place and John Hopkins lapped 1.304s behind the Aussie in fourth.

Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki) and Alex Barros (Pramac d'Antin) were the next two names on the timesheet, while in seventh position Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) has started the Sepang weekend 2.071s off Stoner's pace.

The top ten also featured Phillip Island podium finisher Loris Capirossi (Ducati Marlboro), Anthony West (Kawasaki) and Marco Melandri (Honda Gresini).

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, FP1

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