Assen: Stoner leads pre-race warm-up

Assen poleman Casey Stoner led the morning warm-up session at the Dutch track in the MotoGP class, with two late fast laps showing his intentions of setting the pace in the afternoon race. The Australian’s best time was a 1´47.583, three-tenths of a second faster than second placed rider and 2006 race winner Nicky Hayden.

The Ducati and Repsol Honda riders were joined by front row starter Valentino Rossi in the upper echelons of the timesheet, the Fiat Yamaha man searching for improvements in the session to try and match Stoner’s race rhythm. Last year’s wet weather poleman Chris Vermeulen, 250cc Assen race winner Jorge Lorenzo and second place starter Dani Pedrosa completed the top six.

Notably looking stronger in the wet was Marco Melandri, the Ducati Marlboro rider seventh fastest in the warm-up session.



Rider Nation Team Lap time
1 C. STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 1'47.583
2 N. HAYDEN USA Repsol Honda Team + 0.304
3 V. ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team + 0.664
4 C. VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 0.917
5 J. LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team + 0.921
6 D. PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team + 0.949
7 M. MELANDRI ITA Ducati Marlboro Team + 1.785
8 S. NAKANO JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini + 2.052
9 J. TOSELAND GBR Tech 3 Yamaha + 2.548
10 R. DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP + 2.743
11 A. DOVIZIOSO ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP + 2.846
12 A. DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini + 3.394
13 C. EDWARDS USA Tech 3 Yamaha + 3.448
14 A. WEST AUS Kawasaki Racing Team + 3.459
15 S. GUINTOLI FRA Alice Team + 4.013
16 T. ELIAS SPA Alice Team + 7.210
J. HOPKINS USA Kawasaki Racing Team 0 Laps

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