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Stoner begins redemption trail in first Estoril practice session

Stoner begins redemption trail in first Estoril practice session

Aiming to regain control of the standings after a nightmare in Jerez, Casey Stoner was the fastest out of the blocks in the opening MotoGP Estoril run-out.

Aiming to regain control of the standings after a nightmare in Jerez, Casey Stoner was the fastest out of the blocks in the opening MotoGP Estoril run-out.

The Ducati Marlboro rider recorded a speediest time of 1´47.900 at the Portuguese circuit, some seven tenths of a second faster than closest rival Valentino Rossi. The Australian did this despite racking up the second fewest amount of laps -only the flu stricken Alex de Angelis performed less with just five to his name- at a track drying out after some overnight rain.

Rossi -one of just eight current MotoGP riders to have competed in the wet 2005 premier class race in Portugal, suffered a highside midway through the session, before putting in his fastest lap of the morning. He in turn was trailed by San Carlo Honda Gresini´s Shinya Nakano, another participant in the Alex Barros-won Grand Prix, and Kawasaki hydrophile Anthony West.

John Hopkins was back on his regular Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR after experimenting with the factory´s screamer engine in the post-race Jerez test, and finished fifth fastest ahead of Nicky Hayden and Suzuki´s Loris Capirossi & Chris Vermeulen. Alice Team´s Sylvain Guintoli and LCR Honda rider Randy de Puniet gave a French flavour to the bottom end of the top ten.

Poleman from the first two races, Fiat Yamaha´s Jorge Lorenzo was down in twelfth, with current series leader Dani Pedrosa sixteenth and some four seconds off Stoner´s time.

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MotoGP, 2008, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, FP1, Casey Stoner

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