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Stoner heads reduced field at midday in Official Test

Stoner heads reduced field at midday in Official Test

Less than ideal conditions may have surprised the MotoGP riders over the course of a rainy Official Test in Jerez, but one thing familiar to all the 800cc stars has been the fine form of 2007 World Champion Casey Stoner.

Less than ideal conditions may have surprised the MotoGP riders over the course of a rainy Official Test in Jerez, but one thing familiar to all the 800cc stars has been the fine form of 2007 World Champion Casey Stoner.

After clocking the fastest time in the BMW M Award on Sunday afternoon, the Australian has continued to be one step ahead of his rivals in the final morning session in southern Spain. As of 1pm, he had clocked a 141.685 lap two seconds quicker than any other rider on the wet/dry track, after having only ridden four laps onboard the Ducati Desmosedici GP8. The remainder of the field had certainly seen this somewhere before

Second fastest in the morning session was John Hopkins, the Kawasaki rider who elected against entry in the Sunday shootout. The Anglo-American is still sore from a groin injury picked up at the Phillip Island test, and has been making a cautious return to action this week.

Also returning to the track has been Dani Pedrosa, who joined Hopkins on the sidelines yesterday. Time is running out for Repsol Honda rider to get to grips with the new RC212V, having only 2.5 testing days under his belt thus far in 2008, meaning that he is expected to be pushing through the pain barrier to make the most of every available testing opportunity.

Third fastest at 1pm, Anthony West had a minor engine problem with his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR, in one of the few incidents to have taken place before lunch. The other was a crash from Tech 3 Yamahas James Toseland, who took a tumble on his opening laps with the M1.

Playing catch up after a disastrous time in the BMW M Award session, Toni Elias was the mornings hardest working rider onboard the Alice Team Desmosedici GP8 Sat. He was the first rider to break the 30 lap mark, making an extended run when his fellow MotoGP regular riders were all concentrating on smaller sets of laps.

The MotoGP Official Test continues this afternoon, with the 125cc and 250cc teams taking over from tomorrow.

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MotoGP, 2008

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