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Hayes the pace man in MotoGP warm up

Josh Hayes, riding in place of Colin Edwards on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team, set the fastest time in the morning warm up in preparation for the Gran Premio Gernerali de la Comunitat Valenciana. Aoyama and Stoner followed in second and third.

American rider Josh Hayes starts his first MotoGP race ever from the back of the grid, but he shined in a damp morning warm up session by leading the field with a fast lap of 1’40.469. Hayes opted for slick tires over wets and the decision paid off as he lapped over a second and a half faster than second place pace man Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini).

Pole man Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) was third in the cold and slippery outing at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, ahead of team mate Andrea Dovizioso, who starts the raced from ninth on the grid.

Fourth place starter Nicky Hayden was fifth, followed by Pramac Racing’s Loris Capirossi, who starts the final GP of his career this afternoon, with Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) completing the top seven times.

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MotoGP, 2011, WUP

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