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Laguna Seca 2010 - MotoGP - FP1 - highlightsStoner fastest in USGP practice

Casey Stoner found an immediately fast pace at Laguna Seca as he took top spot on the timesheet from Jorge Lorenzo just before the midway point of the first practice, and he did not relinquish it as he lapped consistently fast for the rest of the session having switched bikes early on following some dissatisfaction with his front-end feeling.

Inside the final five minutes the Australian posted his best effort of 1’21.699, just 0.021s off Lorenzo’s pole time from last year, and that left the Ducati Team rider 0.233s clear at the top of the timesheet. Fiat Yamaha rider and Championship leader Lorenzo was the only other rider under the 1’22” mark, as he also made a fast start to his weekend with a best of 1’21.932.

Andrea Dovizioso was the highest placing Honda rider in the session as he took his factory RC212V around in a best time of 1’22.225, just over half a second off Stoner’s pace. The Italian’s Repsol Honda colleague Dani Pedrosa, who won last year’s race at the track, was fourth quickest at a further three-tenths down on his team-mate’s time.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Ben Spies was the highest placing American rider in the session, the rookie – albeit riding on one of the few tracks he has experienced before – setting a best time of 1’22.640 towards the end to secure fifth. Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) was sixth and also the last rider within a second of Stoner, as the recovering Italian put in a best time 0.961s off that of Stoner’s.

American duo Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) and Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech3) were seventh and eighth respectively, with Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) and Aleix Espargar¢ (Pramac Racing) rounding out the top ten.

Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) had a crash at turn three very early in the session but was uninjured and returned to the track to go 12th fastest, and Randy de Puniet’s substitute on the LCR Honda team Roger Lee Hayden was just under four seconds off Stoner in 17th as he took his first ride on the satellite RC212V.

Practice Results
1 Casey Stoner 1m 21.699 AUS DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 1m 21.932 SPA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
3 Andrea Dovizioso 1m 22.225 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Dani Pedrosa 1m 22.559 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Ben Spies 1m 22.640 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
6 Valentino Rossi 1m 22.660 ITA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
7 Nicky Hayden 1m 22.902 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
8 Colin Edwards 1m 22.971 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
9 Marco Melandri 1m 23.021 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Aleix Espargaro 1m 23.693 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Mika Kallio 1m 23.825 FIN DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Marco Simoncelli 1m 24.002 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
13 Hector Barbera 1m 24.326 SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
14 Alex De Angelis 1m 24.615 SM HONDA Interwetten Honda MotoGP
15 Loris Capirossi 1m 24.710 ITA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
16 Alvaro Bautista 1m 25.031 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
17 Roger Lee Hayden 1m 25.432 USA HONDA Interwetten Honda MotoGP

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