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06/03/11
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Stoner fastest in first Barcelona practice
Honda’s Casey Stoner led the way in the first Catalonia practice session on Friday. Behind the Australian's best lap time of 1:43.918, satellite rider Marco Simoncelli managed second for Gresini as World Champion Jorge Lorenzo completed the top three. Injured compatriot Dani Pedrosa is unable to compete this weekend.

On a somewhat cloudy morning at the Circuit de Catalunya, with sunshine attempting to break through, the session began shortly after 10am local time.

Prior to setting his eventual best time, 2007 winner Stoner traded the top spot with a selection of rival bikes, with team-mate Andrea Dovizioso plus Simoncelli and local favorite Lorenzo all enjoying moments in P1. Also finishing in the top five was the second factory Yamaha bike of Ben Spies.

With Britain’s Cal Crutchlow seventh on the Tech3 Yamaha machine, other Spaniards Toni Elías, Álvaro Bautista and Hector Barberá ended the 45-minute period in respective 13th, 14th and 16th positions.

Results

Pos.

Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'43.918 0.000 / 0.000
2 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1'44.404 0.486 / 0.486
3 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'44.643 0.725 / 0.239
4 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'44.646 0.728 / 0.003
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'44.730 0.812 / 0.084
6 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'44.768 0.850 / 0.038
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'44.797 0.879 / 0.029
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 1'44.799 0.881 / 0.002
9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'44.844 0.926 / 0.045
10 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1'45.332 1.414 / 0.488
11 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1'45.821 1.903 / 0.489
12 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1'46.136 2.218 / 0.315
13 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'46.714 2.796 / 0.578
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 1'46.860 2.942 / 0.146
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1'47.587 3.669 / 0.727
16 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 1'47.832 3.914 / 0.245

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