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Stoner sets warm-up pace in Germany

Casey Stoner fastest in warm-up for the German MotoGP at Sachsenring.
MotoGP World Championship leader Casey Stoner set the pace during Sunday morning's warm-up session for the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring.

Stoner, who will start this afternoon's race from pole position, finished the session 0.177sec ahead of reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) with Stoner's Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa 0.280sec from the top in third.

Stoner, Pedrosa and Lorenzo will form this afternoon's front row.

Rizla Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista was a surprise fourth fastest, despite a big crash in the closing stages, with Marco Simoncelli (Gresini) and Ben Spies (Yamaha) completing the top six.

Third Repsol rider Andrea Dovizioso was the first rider over half a second behind Stoner this morning, with Nicky Hayden continuing his top Ducati form with eighth place.

Top satellite bike rider Colin Edwards (Tech 3) and Pramac Ducati's Randy de Puniet completed the top ten.

Seven time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi, who will be starting his 250th grand prix from just 16th on the grid, was eleventh fastest, 1.128sec from Stoner.


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

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Abbey - Unregistered

July 17, 2011 10:24 AM

Hey Westminister, good to see you keep the stiff upper lip, say what. Maybe just like your free practice tip that he was going to win.....I'm just checking again, but are you sure your not that relocated Iraqi Information Minister? I just can't get over how accurate your predictions are. Keep up the good work.

LeisureSuit Larry - Unregistered

July 17, 2011 10:43 AM

I think the really startling thing from all this is that Stoner's qualifying time from last year (on the GP10 Ducati) was very fractionally behind his time from this year and would have got him second on the grid. All this shows that the Honda & Yamaha have only improved marginally. As Hayden was quicker than last year, it shows the Ducati GP11 has improved too. So, Rossi's poor performance is solely down to him. Also, his idea of 'development' is to try & turn the Ducati into the Yamaha ... impossible as the engine configuation is so different. Perhaps a swop with Bautista would be a good idea, but I don't thonk Paul Denning is stupid eniugh to sign Rossi.

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