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Lorenzo sets final practice pace in Germany

Jorge Lorenzo fastest during Saturday practice for the German MotoGP at Sachsenring.
MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo moved to the head of the timesheets during Saturday morning's final free practice session for the German Grand Prix.

The Factory Yamaha star, who closed to within 19 points of Casey Stoner with victory last time out at Mugello, moved 0.041sec ahead of fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa on his penultimate lap of the session.

Pedrosa, Stoner's Repsol Honda team-mate, had taken the lead of the session after Marco Simoncelli - fastest on Friday – became the latest victim of the challenging Turn 11 right-hander. The same turn that caught out Stoner, Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi and Toni Elias yesterday morning.

Simoncelli, a front row qualifier at the last six events, was unhurt and returned at the end of the session, but didn't improve and finished just 0.047sec from Lorenzo, in third.

Stoner was 0.247sec adrift in fourth, with team-mate Andrea Dovizioso fifth (+0.329sec) and Nicky Hayden once again the top Ducati in sixth (+0.388sec).

Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista took seventh (+0.482sec) with Lorenzo's team-mate Ben Spies eighth (+0.660sec) and Pramac Ducati's Randy de Puniet the top satellite rider in ninth (+0.729sec).

Joining Simoncelli in the gravel this morning were Colin Edwards (tenth) and Karel Abraham (eleventh). Tech 3 rider Edwards fell at turn one and Cardion AB's Abraham at turn two.

Hayden's team-mate Rossi, who suffered an arm injury in his Friday fall, was only twelfth fastest, 1.167sec from Lorenzo.

Sylvain Guintoli, replacing Loris Capirossi at Pramac Ducati this weekend, was 17th and last in his second track session.

Full time World Superbike rider Guintoli, competing in his first grand prix since Valencia 2008, lapped 3.8sec from Lorenzo.

Free practice (3):

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



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BulletProof

July 16, 2011 10:28 AM

Stoner is a rider who can understand the bike very fast and make changes immediately, if you think he is struggling then u must be watching another tv show! he is not struggling at all, its just Lorenzo went quicker than him and the rest of the honda boys like always, we have seen Simmo toping Stoner recently but failed badly to match him during race time! lets hope for no one fall on race day, and we are going to have a good damn race!

Painless

July 16, 2011 11:30 AM

@grumpyOldMan "It actually took most of the first season with yamaha to get the bike competitive ..." Now let me see, won the first race and then 8 more, 11 podiums in total, and the championship. Therefore that would make your statement completely ............ Sorry, words fail me.



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