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Stoner denies Lorenzo as pre-season testing ends

Casey Stoner denies Jorge Lorenzo as 2012 MotoGP pre-season testing concludes.
Reigning double MotoGP champion Casey Stoner dislodged main rival Jorge Lorenzo from the top of the timesheets on his very final lap of 2012 pre-season testing.

Had Lorenzo been able to hold his ground for ten more minutes he would have prevented Repsol Honda rider Stoner from completing a perfect clean sweep of pre-season testing, held at Sepang (twice) and now Jerez.

Yamaha's former champion Lorenzo was fastest for most of the third and final day thanks to a time of 1m 38.953s, comfortable under the official race lap record, which he set on the 18th of a massive 84 Sunday laps.

Like many, Lorenzo and Stoner completed longer race-simulation runs during the middle of the day, before Stoner mounted a late time attack. The Australian initially vaulted ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa for second place, then finally beat Lorenzo by 0.173sec on his 61st and last lap.

Stoner and Lorenzo were the only riders under the 1m 39s mark. Pedrosa, Ben Spies (Yamaha), Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) and Valentino Rossi (Ducati) then completed a top six covered by 0.953sec.

Crutchlow's Tech 3 team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was the first rider over a second from Stoner, with day two pace setter Nicky Hayden (Ducati), new Gresini Honda signing Alvaro Bautista and Honda LCR's MotoGP rookie Stefan Bradl filling the remaining top ten places.

The Jerez test was the first time that the full 21 rider grid appeared on track together, including the nine new CRT entries.

Satellite Ducati riders Hector Barbera and Karel Abraham had been outpaced by Aspar ART rider Randy de Puniet on day one, but regained manufacturer pride on the final day by finishing ahead of the Frenchman.

13th place de Puniet set a best lap time of 1m 40.601s on the Aprilia RSV4 based machine, leaving him 1.8sec from Stoner and only 0.022sec from Abraham.

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March 25, 2012 6:35 PM

Still stuck back in Laguna 2008 Wosi ? George was the boss this weekend,as expected. Hell !! Its Jerez. Stoner's bogey track and I don't expect him to beat George or Dani this year either in Jerez. Were they testing in Casey's 'hayshed', PI this weekend,old man Colin would not have bothered about how many bales. Between Dani and George,they own Jerez,like Casey owns PI/Qatar and Val owned Mugello/Sepang. You know something Wosidead,the last epic race battle I saw was between the 3 aliens. Namely ...George,Casey and Dani. Would you believe ? It was Laguna Seca 2011.

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