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Stoner shapes up sharpest for timed Sunday session

Stoner shapes up sharpest for timed Sunday session

Australian quickest rider in morning run ahead of BMW M Award.

Last year’s BMW M Award winner and a man focusing exclusively on the adaptation of the Ducati Desmosedici GP9 to the Jerez circuit, Casey Stoner was Sunday morning’s hot rider at the MotoGP Official Test. The Australian will attempt to increase his car collection in the 2.05pm timed shootout - broadcast live on motogp.com - by becoming the fastest one-lap rider at the circuit for the second preseason in a row.

A 1’39.804 morning lap less than a tenth of a second slower than Jorge Lorenzo’s quickest time from Saturday gave Stoner an early psychological advantage, placing him at the top of the Free Practice 2 standings. Lorenzo made his own late charge with five minutes to go in the Sunday run, but was unable to break back into the 1’39 range.

The last dry weather winner of the BMW M Award, Valentino Rossi was the final rider within half a second of Stoner’s time. The 2008 World Champion appeared on track at 11.25am - slightly later than some of his rivals - but quickly racked up over thirty laps as he sped through his Sunday workload.

Also going fast as they target the prestigious ‘qualifying’ award were Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen, sandwiching Repsol Honda man Andrea Dovizioso in the session’s top six.

To follow Sunday's 45-minute BMW M Award session live on motogp.com, purchase one of our VideoPasses. The shootout begins at 2.05pm.

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MotoGP, 2009

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