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Saturday practice times - Valencia MotoGP.

Full Saturday free practice times from the Valencia MotoGP, the 17th and final round of the 2009 world championship.

2009 World Superbike champion Ben Spies is making his Yamaha MotoGP debut as a wild-card this weekend, while Aleix Espargaro is again replacing the injured Niccolo Canepa at Pramac Ducati.

Spies moved from 15th on Friday to 12th this morning and ahead of fellow Yamaha rider James Toseland, whom he will replace at Tech 3 in 2010. Spies had been 2.239sec from Stoner on Friday, but was only 1.377sec behind on Saturday morning.

Spies was also the fastest Yamaha rider in a straight line this morning, clocking 312.0km/h to once again hold seventh overall on the top speed charts. The other Yamaha riders were eighth (Lorenzo, 311.6km/h), twelfth (Rossi, 310.4km/h, 16th (Edwards, 309.1km/h) and 18th (Toseland, 306.7km/h)...


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1. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 1min 32.819 sec
2. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team 1min 32.987 sec
3. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 1min 33.065 sec
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 1min 33.354 sec
5. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro Team 1min 33.664 sec
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda Team 1min 33.717 sec
7. Colin Edwards USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1min 33.784 sec
8. Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 1min 33.857 sec
9. Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini 1min 34.004 sec
10. Mika Kallio FIN Pramac Racing 1min 34.089 sec
11. Toni Elias SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1min 34.111 sec
12. Ben Spies USA Sterilgarda Yamaha Team 1min 34.196 sec
13. Marco Melandri ITA Hayate Racing Team 1min 34.210 sec
14. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1min 34.407 sec
15. Aleix Espargaro SPA Pramac Racing 1min 34.626 sec
16. James Toseland GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1min 34.673 sec
17. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1min 34.693 sec
18. Gabor Talmacsi HUN Scot Racing Team MotoGP 1min 34.871 sec


Fastest Friday time:
Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro 1min 32.813sec

2008 Valencian Grand Prix - 26/10/2008:
Pole position:
Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro (B) 1min 31.502sec
Fastest race laps by manufacturer:
Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro (B) 1min 32.582sec
Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda (B) 1min 32.796sec
Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha (B) 1min 33.075sec
Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki (B) 1min 33.626sec
John Hopkins USA Kawasaki Racing (B) 1min 34.035sec



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VRob

November 07, 2009 10:20 AM
Last Edited 1808 days ago

'Spies - ahead of JT...oh dear oh dear...' Oh come on, did anybody *really* think that Spies wouldn't outqualify and outperform Toseland this weekend? JT has been an abject failure on the bike the whole year and seems to be worsening as it draws on. While he's on the same bike, it's slightly crazy to hold JT up as a benchmark for Spies, as the guy plainly hasn't gelled with the bike and isn't able to cut it in the class. You don't measure yourself against failures. Spies is no fool and will be gauging his pace not against Toseland but the guy who is comfortable and successful on the bike - Edwards. And he's doing a grand job so far.

Duke @ ee

November 07, 2009 10:10 AM

Well done Nicky, I know its only FP2 but it is still good to see you up there :) Bit like a Japanese sandwich between Italion rye......you know what to do boys..... just chew them up and spit em out :) :)



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