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Phillip Island warm up led by Stoner

Phillip Island warm up led by Stoner

The Ducati Team rider, who will start the Iveco Australia Grand Prix from pole position, was fastest in the final warm up ahead of Marco Simoncelli and Valentino Rossi.

Casey Stoner set the best time in the final warm up at Phillip Island on Sunday, as windy conditions continued to prevail at the circuit. The Australian, who will start from pole, posted a best time of 1'30.942 on a surface that dried out as the session continued but which remained cold with a temperature measuring 14ºC.

The 25 year-old was 1.890s faster round the track than Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini), who was followed closely on the timesheet by Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) with another Italian completing the top four in the 20-minute session as Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso timed in at just over two seconds off Stoner's pace.

Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) set top-six times, with Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini) in seventh and managing a run off well as he stayed upright on his bike. Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) also had a run off, whilst Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) had a slow speed fall when he took an excursion off track. Completing seven laps and setting a time which was just over 22 seconds off that of Stoner's was 2010 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, who negotiated the conditions with caution as he prepared for the race.

Neither Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) and Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) were on track after confirmation that their respective injuries would prevent them from lining up on the grid for the race, which starts at 4pm local time.


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