Casey Stoner on top in opening practice at Phillip Island

Casey Stoner at Phillip Island today (PIC: Ben O'Connor/Speedcafe.com)

Casey Stoner at Phillip Island today (PIC: Ben O’Connor/Speedcafe.com)

Casey Stoner has laid down an early marker today, setting the fastest time in the first free practice session ahead of the AirAsia Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.

The Australian champion showed no signs of his ankle injury as he set a time of 1:30.374, a commanding 0.9s faster than closest rival Jorge Lorenzo.

Stoner’s Repsol Honda Team team-mate Dani Pedrosa was third fastest.

A brief spot of rain threatened the session, however the main shower kept away and riders only missed out a 10 minute portion of practice mid-session.

In fourth spot, over a second and a half off Stoner’s blistering pace, was Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso, followed closely by San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista.

A flu-ridden Cal Crutchlow ended the morning in sixth on his Tech 3 Yamaha ahead of Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl and Ducati’s Valentino Rossi, while the top CRT spot went to Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet in 10th place.

The only crasher in the 60 minute session was San Carlo’s Michele Pirro, who was able to re-join the session for the final part.

Free Practice 2 will be held at 1510 this afternoon.

Results, Free Practice 1, Phillip Island

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 332.1 1’30.374
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 332.4 1’31.279 0.905 / 0.905
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 334.4 1’31.533 1.159 / 0.254
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 335.7 1’31.968 1.594 / 0.435
5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 332.8 1’32.039 1.665 / 0.071
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 336.0 1’32.199 1.825 / 0.160
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 332.5 1’32.312 1.938 / 0.113
8 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 338.0 1’32.356 1.982 / 0.044
9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 335.0 1’32.655 2.281 / 0.299
10 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 317.3 1’33.266 2.892 / 0.611
11 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 339.4 1’33.376 3.002 / 0.110
12 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 335.0 1’33.671 3.297 / 0.295
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 313.5 1’33.727 3.353 / 0.056
14 84 Roberto ROLFO ITA Speed Master ART 305.1 1’35.170 4.796 / 1.443
15 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 315.8 1’35.200 4.826 / 0.030
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 315.0 1’35.411 5.037 / 0.211
17 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 316.7 1’35.427 5.053 / 0.016
18 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 314.9 1’35.715 5.341 / 0.288
22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 313.1 1’37.352 6.978 / 1.637
43 Kris McLAREN AUS Avintia Blusens BQR 305.2 1’40.657 10.283 / 3.305

 

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