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Stoner fastest in first Misano practice

Casey Stoner fastest during Friday practice (1) for the San Marino MotoGP at Misano.
Casey Stoner knocked Ben Spies from the top of the first practice timesheets at Misano, on his very last lap of Friday morning's session.

The MotoGP title leader finished 0.286sec clear of Yamaha rider Spies, with Dani Pedrosa - who led much of the session - and Andrea Dovizioso making it three Repsol Hondas in the top four.

Gresini Honda's Marco Simoncelli was fifth, with Yamaha's reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo - who struggled last weekend at Indianapolis - getting off to another slow start in sixth, 0.962sec from title rival Stoner.

Aspar Ducati's Hector Barbera was the leading satellite rider in seventh, but 1,.3sec from the top, followed by Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista, Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards and Cardion AB Ducati's Karel Abraham.

Home hero Valentino Rossi was only eleventh, and the third best Ducati, having been left 1.565sec from Stoner. Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow split the two factory Desmosedicis, with Nicky Hayden in 13th.

Hiroshi Aoyama (Gresini), the soon to retire Loris Capirossi (Pramac), Randy de Puniet (Pramac) and Toni Elias (LCR) completed the order.

Second practice takes place this afternoon.

Friday practice (1):

1. Stoner
2. Spies
3. Pedrosa
4. Dovizioso
5. Simoncelli
6. Lorenzo 0.962
7. Barbera
8. Bautista
9. Edwards
10. Abraham
11. Rossi 1.565
12. Crutchlow
13. Hayden
14. Aoyama
15. Capirossi
16. de Puniet
17. Elias

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Dexter - Unregistered

September 02, 2011 10:44 AM

Rossi has shown Stoner to be a legend, Stoner had to develop and setup his pig out of a spare parts bin that consisted mainly of a set of old dampers and a few other odds and sods they gave him at the start of the year. Must of cost Ducati at least a couple of grand for the bin of parts and he could find problems, solve them and setup the bike to get podiums and wins. Rossi's 15 million for 1 year is more than double what they paid Stoner for 4 years. Add in their losses for all this development garbage plus loss of face to their sponsors and you have an EPIC FAIL.

Realitybites - Unregistered

September 02, 2011 10:24 AM

According to some, Ducati were going to be so lucky to get the fabulous development skills because Stoner was no good at development. The last of the "Stoner" bikes with a second-string ex-moto2 rider rookie in the class is faster than the newly-developed Ducati. Yep - luck indeed, the sort you get when you find your wife is exactly like your mother-in-law. And Sooooo cheap, too!

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