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Stoner fastest on day one as Melandri makes steady progress

Stoner fastest on day one as Melandri makes steady progress

Casey Stoner was at his brilliant best again at the Sachsenring on Friday, starting the German visit at a blistering pace as he lapped inside the circuit record in morning free practice.

World Champion Casey Stoner´s total domination on day one of the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland was blighted only by a crash at the start of his final run in the afternoon, although his work at that point was virtually done, after a day spent adapting front-end set-up to optimise performance of his Bridgestone tyres.

Marco Melandri took a small step forward in the afternoon, which allowed him to increase his pace in certain sections of the track. He is hoping for similarly good weather tomorrow as he looks to continue in the same vein.

Casey Stoner - first

`We got reasonably lucky today with the crash - my right ankle is a little sore but it´s nothing major. I hadn´t had any warnings from the front end that it was going to try and flick me off down there so I really wasn´t ready for it. At that point of the circuit the bike isn´t at maximum lean and you don´t normally expect to lose the front, so I certainly didn´t see it coming and I didn´t even have chance to dig my knee in and try to save it. It was a bit strange but anyway sometimes it goes like that and there are plenty of positives to take from today.´

Marco Melandri - sixteenth

`From this morning we managed to improve the bike in the fast sections of the track although in the slow parts we´re still not competitive. We have to work mainly in T1 and T2 because I´m struggling to get the bike to turn in there. Hopefully the weather stays stable over the next two days, be it wet or dry, so that we can get lots of work in on corner entry.´

MotoGP, 2008, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Casey Stoner, Marco Melandri, Ducati Marlboro Team

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