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Stoner continues dominance in MotoGP warmup

Stoner continues dominance in MotoGP warmup

Casey Stoner showed himself to be equally adept in the wet as in the dry at Assen in the morning MotoGP session.

Assen poleman Casey Stoner led the morning warmup session at the Dutch track in the MotoGP class, with two late fast laps showing his intentions of setting the pace in the afternoon race. The Australian´s best time was a 1´47.583, three-tenths of a second faster than second placed rider and 2006 racewinner Nicky Hayden.

The Ducati and Repsol Honda riders were joined by front row starter Valentino Rossi in the upper echelons of the timesheet, the Fiat Yamaha man searching for improvements in the session to try and match Stoner´s race rhythm. Last year´s wet weather poleman Chris Vermeulen, 250cc Assen racewinner Jorge Lorenzo and second place starter Dani Pedrosa completed the top six.

Notably looking stronger in the wet was Marco Melandri, the Ducati Marlboro rider seventh fastest in the warmup session.


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