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Stoner tops Friday practice at Valencia
Valencia as he set the best lap time in the opening MotoGP session of the weekend.

In fine sunshine at the Ricardo Tormo circuit on Friday, Ducati rider Casey Stoner started his weekend in the manner in which he hopes will secure a third straight race win as he recorded the best lap time in Free Practice 1.

After overcoming some early dissatisfaction with the response of his Desmosedici GP9, Stoner set a best time of 1’32.813 to leave Jorge Lorenzo next fastest.

Fiat Yamaha rider Lorenzo aims to secure second spot in the World Championship standings this weekend, ahead of Stoner, and followed the Australian by a margin of 0.382s.

In the wake of his confidence-boosting first wet podium in Malaysia, Dani Pedrosa was third on the timesheet as he kept a close tab on Lorenzo, timing his fastest lap at just 0.046s slower.

World Champion Valentino Rossi completed the top four fastest times after experiencing a run-off midway through the session. He came in almost half a second ahead of Randy de Puniet, who recovered from his high-side crash at Sepang to ride a good session and record the fifth-fastest lap.

Alex de Angelis (San Carlo Honda Gresini), Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda), Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro) all recorded top-ten times in the session as well, with wildcard Ben Spies 15th on his factory Yamaha.



Rider Time Nat Bike Team
1 Casey Stoner 1m 32.813 AUS DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 1m 33.195 SPA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
3 Dani Pedrosa 1m 33.241 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Valentino Rossi 1m 33.499 ITA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
5 Randy De Puniet 1m 33.910 FRA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
6 Alex De Angelis 1m 34.106 SMR HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
7 Colin Edwards 1m 34.123 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
8 Andrea Dovizioso 1m 34.382 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
9 Loris Capirossi 1m 34.427 ITA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
10 Nicky Hayden 1m 34.462 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
11 Mika Kallio 1m 34.696 FIN DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Marco Melandri 1m 34.859 ITA KAWASAKI Hayate Racing Team
13 James Toseland 1m 34.865 GBR YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
14 Toni Elias 1m 34.873 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
15 Ben Spies 1m 35.052 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
16 Chris Vermeulen 1m 35.131 AUS SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
17 Gabor Talmacsi 1m 35.258 HUN HONDA Scot Racing Team MotoGP
18 Aleix Espargaro 1m 35.458 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing

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