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Stoner heads US GP warm-up

Casey Stoner fastest by 0.001s during delayed warm-up for the US MotoGP at Laguna Seca.
Reigning MotoGP champion Casey Stoner set the fastest lap time during morning warm-up for the US MotoGP at Laguna Seca, which saw pole sitter and title leader Jorge Lorenzo one of three riders to fall.

The session had been delayed by an hour due to morning fog and conditions were still cold (air 13 degrees) and moist when the 20-minute session eventually got underway.

Double home winner Nicky Hayden began the day with a bang when he ran straight on and slammed into an airfence on his out-lap.

The newly re-signed Ducati rider clung on throughout, only toppling off due to the force of the rebound from the air fence. Hayden got the bike back to the pits and seemed to indicate brake problems to his crew.

Alvaro Bautista was next to fall, losing the front into the final turn just before the halfway stage, with Lorenzo suffering the same fate at the same turn shortly after.

The Yamaha star sprinted over to his bike to turn off the engine, having already lost one of his six due to the Assen accident caused by Bautista.

Lorenzo then ran back to the pits for his spare bike and returned to top the session, before second-place starter Stoner went 0.001s faster just before the chequered flag was waved.

Stoner's best lap was just under one-second from Lorenzo's pole time.

All the signs are that victory will be a Lorenzo/Stoner/Dani Pedrosa battle, with Pedrosa also leading this morning's warm-up on his way to third and just 0.147s from Stoner.

Pedrosa, using the new RCV, will start from the outside of the front row and 19-points from Lorenzo.

Andrea Dovizioso got the better of Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Cal Crutchlow to be the top satellite rider this morning. The Italian was 0.496s from Stoner, with Crutchlow 0.666s adrift.




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blah - Unregistered

July 29, 2012 8:30 PM

Cognitive dissonance is once again strong at Laguna! You cant believe in Stoner sucking for crashing in the 2008 race and say the Ducati is a bad bike at the same time. Lets see Rossi challenge for the lead in the race first, then we can see him crash just like Stoner did. If you believe the Ducati handles poorly and isnt a top bike, then you should also see that Stoner should never have been even challenging for the lead in 2008.

logiczero - Unregistered

July 29, 2012 9:35 PM

"The 2007 Ducati had a ridiculous adventage in speed, it was not simply "the fastest bike." That's a myth. It had a great advantage in speed only in the first race at Quatar. But after that the difference was between 4 to 6 km/h. Which is what 3 tenths on straight and you lose that much in a single corner. In 2007 Ducati dominated thanks to the Bridgestone tyres and a certain Casey Stoner. The next Ducati finished only 7th in standings. 7th! But alas, we keep reading this 20 or 30 km/h advantage nonsense.



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