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Stoner stays on top in third MotoGP practice

Stoner stays on top in third MotoGP practice

At the start of a new day in Motegi, there was continuity on the MotoGP timesheet.

The fastest man on track on Friday, reigning MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner, was once again the man leading the way on Saturday morning. The Australian put in a time of 1´47.357 at the end of the third Free Practice session at Motegi, 0.164 faster than anything that his rivals had to offer.

Making some big dry weather improvement in Japan, Jorge Lorenzo leapt up the combined free practice standings with a superb showing in the third MotoGP run. He was the closest to matching Stoner´s marker, onboard the Michelin-shod Fiat Yamaha M1. The equality of tyre manufacturers was evident in a varied top ten, split 6/4 in Bridgestone´s favour but with very little between the rubber manufacturers´ fastest times.

Valentino Rossi showed that he wont be letting Stoner get away without a fight with his own fastest lap, four-tenths slower than the Australian. Beating his rival is not essential this weekend, but the Italian is certainly upping the pressure as he chases down his sixth MotoGP title.

Dani Pedrosa was, as on Friday, the fastest Honda rider on-track, just one place ahead of Repsol Honda teammate Nicky Hayden on the timesheet. Winner of the last three Motegi showdowns, Loris Capirossi picked up his pace with the sixth fastest time of the outing, ahead of fellow veteran Colin Edwards - the quickest satellite rider in the morning session.

Randy de Puniet, Shinya Nakano and Sylvain Guintoli completed the top ten in Free Practice 3.


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