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Stoner fastest in controversial warm-up

Casey Stoner fastest during warm-up for the French MotoGP at Le Mans, round four of the 2011 world championship - but...
Casey Stoner continued his perfect weekend at Le Mans by leading morning warm-up by over half a second, but was then summoned to Race Direction (pictured) to explain an incident between himself and Randy de Puniet.

Stoner punched the Frenchman on the shoulder - in a 'what are you doing?' kind of way - after the cruising Pramac Ducati rider blocked the fast-moving Stoner on a straight. It remains to be seen what, if any, action will be taken.

Closest to Stoner in warm-up was second-on-the-grid Marco Simoncelli (+0.528sec), with Ducati's Nicky Hayden delivering another morale-boosting lap with third (+0.642sec).

Then came Dani Pedrosa (+0.775sec), Valentino Rossi (+0.786sec), Andrea Dovizioso (+0.849sec) and Cal Crutchlow (+0.915sec) - signalling that, while Stoner remains a step ahead, the fight for the remaining podium places should be far closer.

World champion and 2011 points leader Jorge Lorenzo endured a torrid warm-up session, crashing on his first lap - leaving his factory Yamaha being in flames.

The Spaniard, winner at Le Mans for the past two years, eventually set the eleventh fastest lap time on his spare bike.

Warm-up:

1. Stoner
2. Simoncelli
3. Hayden
4. Pedrosa
5. Rossi
6. Dovizioso
7. Crutchlow
8. Edwards
9. Spies
10. de Puniet
11. Lorenzo
12. Aoyama
13. Abraham
14. Bautista
15. Capirossi
16. Barbera
17. Elias



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Nigel Tasker

May 15, 2011 9:46 AM

Stoner is out of control, the guy thinks he owns the damn track. It's about time someone gave him a pasting, & it won't be long if he carries on like this. He's always making signs & comments to other riders, there is no need for it at all.



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