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Rossi present for Valencia warm up, Stoner comes out on top

Rossi present for Valencia warm up, Stoner comes out on top

After fracturing bones in his right hand and wrist yesterday putting his participation in todays Gran Premio bwin.com de la Comunitat Valenciana action in doubt, Fiat Yamahas five-time premier class World Champion Valentino Rossi was back on track this morning for the customary MotoGP warm-up.

After fracturing bones in his right hand and wrist yesterday putting his participation in todays Gran Premio bwin.com de la Comunitat Valenciana action in doubt, Fiat Yamahas five-time premier class World Champion Valentino Rossi was back on track this morning for the customary MotoGP warm-up.

Having never missed a race in his career Rossi was determined not to sit out todays proceedings and although he lapped slowest this morning and starts from 17th on the grid, whilst Casey Stoner notched the quickest warm-up time with a lap 2.606s faster than the Italians, at least The Doctor keeps his ever present record and will be able to fight for the solitary point he needs to confirm second in the World Championship.

Below Ducati Marlboros World Champion Stoner in the top five on the timesheet were his team-mate Loris Capirossi, Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki), Marco Melandri (Honda Gresini) and Alex Barros (Pramac dAntin) with pole man Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) sixth.

Carlos Checa sat out the morning session but the Honda LCR man will take his place on the grid later for his last MotoGP appearance.

Earlier, the 250cc run-out saw Julian Simon (Repsol Honda) top the timesheet in front of Andrea Dovizioso (Kopron Team Scot).

Alex de Angelis (Master Mapfre Aspar), Alex Debon (Aprilia Racing) and pole man Mika Kallio (Red Bull KTM) clocked top five times, while World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Fortuna Aprilia) was eighth.

In the 125cc warm-up meanwhile, Hungarian rider Gabor Talmacsi - who leads the single cylinder general standings by ten points and starts todays race on pole - was again on the pace as he lapped 0.309s ahead of title rival and Bancaja Aspar team-mate Hector Faubel.

Lukas Pesek (Valsir Seedorf Derbi) was third fastest, with Mattia Pasini (Polaris World) and Esteve Rabat (Repsol Honda) also in the top five.

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, WUP

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