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Stoner tops wet Brno practice

Casey Stoner fastest during wet Saturday practice for the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno.
After two dry sessions on Friday, Saturday morning's final practice at Brno took place in wet conditions - and finished with Casey Stoner on top of the timesheets by just 0.005sec from Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.

MotoGP title leader Stoner and John Hopkins both fell in separate incidents at turn three. Stoner, who crashed in the opening minutes, was unharmed and went onto take the lead of the slowly-drying session with seven minutes to go.

However Hopkins - making his second MotoGP appearance of the season for Rizla Suzuki - didn't return after his 14th minute tumble and is having a possible hand injury examined. Hopkins is second in the British Superbike Championship.

Valentino Rossi used the slippery conditions to his advantage and climbed from seventh on Friday to third this morning on his Ducati GP11.1, having lapped just 0.117sec from Stoner.

Stoner's Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, quickest in both Friday sessions, was fourth (+0.331sec) with Nicky Hayden making it two Ducatis in the top five (+0.374sec).

Hiroshi Aoyama, just 16th for Gresini Honda on Friday, jumped to sixth (+0.422sec) and the top satellite rider – but with Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rookie Cal Crutchlow just one place behind him (+0.485sec).

Andrea Dovizioso (Honda), Marco Simoncelli (Honda) and Ben Spies (Yamaha) completed a top ten covered by 0.768sec.

Saturday practice:

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

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predator - Unregistered

August 13, 2011 11:43 AM

The Rossi fans spared no sympathy for Stoner while on the Ducati....and he was successful. Most full blooded Ducati fans KNEW Rossi would be an epic fail on this bike because they saw the skill level required to win on it. Now the fangirls are in a Ducati witch hunt...blaming all but their rider. I'm sorry but I'm taking great delight in seeing the truth being aired. Even the ex world champs have come full circle....bring it home Stoner and make em pay.

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