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Stoner sweeps Silverstone practice

Casey Stoner fastest during Saturday practice for the British MotoGP at Silverstone.
Casey Stoner dipped under the official Silverstone lap record during a sunny final free practice session for the British MotoGP, on Saturday morning.

Saturday's weather is supposed to be the best of the weekend, and - after Friday's rain showers - third practice took place in bright sunshine and under blue skies, although air temperature was only 14 degrees.

Stoner, chasing his fourth victory from six RC212V starts and fastest in both the dry and wet on Friday, once again dominated the 45-minute session.

The Repsol Honda rider continued to enjoy a distant advantage through the last part of the lap, with his rivals needing at least 0.3sec in hand heading into the final sector to threaten the Australian by the line.

That's exactly what Gresini Honda's Marco Simoncelli did with nine minutes to go, when he replaced the Australian on top of the timesheets with the best lap of the weekend so far.

Stoner responded with three minutes remaining, despite having to make a close pass on a slow-moving Nicky Hayden through the final turn. That resulted in fist-waving and head shaking from the Australian. Former team-mate Hayden blanked him.

Stoner's best lap was a 2min 3.487sec, placing the 2007 world champion 0.233sec ahead of last weekend's debut pole sitter Simoncelli, with Factory Yamaha rider Ben Spies seizing third place (+0.455sec) on his final lap.

That pushed team-mate, world champion and 2011 points leader Jorge Lorenzo to fourth place (+0.612sec), with rookie Cal Crutchlow continuing his impressive home weekend with fifth position for Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (+0.827sec).

Stoner's team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was sixth and the last rider within a second of the top. Then came Hayden - the only rider not to beat his Friday time - Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista and Simoncelli's team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama.

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Gary gazoo - Unregistered

June 11, 2011 4:11 PM

Face the facts boys Rossi will always be remembered for his domination in the early norties and the energy and charisma he bought to the track. But you can't keep harping on about "he's a multi world champ" no one disputes that move on times change and he's got one hell of challenge to get back to those glory days. Stop trying to compare stoner to Rossi on the duke, what stoner done on that machine compared to anyone else should speak for itself, the boy is a classy rider. As for simmo the shrug of the shoulder he does when the camera is in his face at the pits is classic, keep pushing man and you will be trading places with dovi very soon.


June 11, 2011 3:40 PM

@ TDS You my friend lives in the past, you need a time machine to catch up to the future! your dislike on Casey Stoner makes no sense and for the records out of the 17 riders we have in motogp if all fit only Rossi, Stoner, Lorenzo, and Hayden are Motogp champions! so your so called questions on why Casey hasnt won a championship since 2007 is completely sad and boring! i know it hurts u Rossi isn't doing what he does best but you just have to swallow the so called bitter pills and get used to it!

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