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DATE News (chronologically)
10/12/07
motogp
Stoner leads opening day at wet Phillip Island
Despite a crash with no great consequences towards the end of the second MotoGP free practice session, newly crowned World Champion Casey Stoner was well in control of proceedings on Friday at the GMC Australian Grand Prix. On an overcast and somewhat windy afternoon at Phillip Island Ducati Marlboro’s Stoner repeated his morning trick of topping the timesheets to make a good start to his homecoming weekend.

Casey Stoner

Although Stoner was the only rider unable to improve on his morning time in the second outing, his afternoon lap of 1’312.86s was 0.154s slower than his best FP1 time but still enough to keep him ahead of second fastest participant Marco Melandri (Honda Gresini) by 0.269s.

Melandri by contrast had improved on his own morning best by more than four seconds, but was still 0.423s off Stoner’s early pace.

Behind the leading pair on the timesheet was Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa who lapped the Phillip Island circuit – where he has had mixed luck on previous visits - in 1’31.802s to leave him over half a second down on MotoGP’s latest champion overall.

Further down the timesheets Italian five-time former World Champion Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) and Frenchman Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki Racing) were fourth and fifth respectively, with the top ten also including Alex Barros (Pramac d’Antin), Carlos Checa (Honda LCR), Loris Capirossi (Ducati Marlboro), Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda) and Anthony West (Kawasaki Racing).

Pos

Rider Team Time
1 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team 1m 31.132s
2 Marco Melandri Honda Gresini 1m 31.555s
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 1m 31.802s
4 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team 1m 31.934s
5 Randy de Puniet Kawasaki Racing Team 1m 31.996s
6 Alex Barros Pramac D’Antin 1m 32.164s
7 Carlos Checa Honda LCR 1m 32.182s
8 Loris Capirossi Ducati Marlboro Team 1m 32.203s
9 Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda Team 1m 32.316s
10 Anthony West Kawasaki Racing Team 1m 32.459s
11 John Hopkins Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1m 33.274s
12 Shinya Nakano Konica Minolta Honda 1m 33.838s
13 Chaz Davies Pramac D’Antin 1m 33.910s
14 Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1m 33.945s
15 Colin Edwards Fiat Yamaha Team 1m 33.965s
16 Sylvain Guintoli Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 1m 33.991s
17 Toni Elias Honda Gresini 1m 34.204s
18 Makoto Tamada Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 1m 35.177s

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