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Stoner leads again in Motegi warm up

Stoner leads again in Motegi warm up

The Repsol Honda rider led the twenty minute warm up session Sunday morning ahead of the Grand Prix of Japan, in front of Jorge Lorenzo and Marco Simoncelli.

Pole starter Casey Stoner, who yesterday acheived his tenth pole of the season which included a new track record, recorded the fastest time of the outing with a time of 1'46.348, just over one second slower than his pole time of yesterday. The Australian was just under 3 tenths ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo, who starts second to the Championship leader. Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) marked the third quickest time with a 1’46.876, the Italian will start the afternoon race from the second row.

Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) ranked fourth in the outing, a tenth of a second behind his compatriot Simoncelli, with Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) following the Italian by a margin of 0.027s to rank fifth, while Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) was just 0.023s further back to rank sixth.

Third place starter Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) clocked the seventh time ahead of Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team), with Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki), who starts the race from eighth for the second time this season, and Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) completing the top ten.


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