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Stoner completes Aus GP preparations by topping warm-up

Sunday 28th October, 2012 - 10:59am

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Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner has completed his domination of the pre-race sessions at the Air Asia Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix by topping the Sunday morning warm-up.

The fastest man in all three practice sessions and qualifying, Stoner’s warm-up best of 1:29.888s proved 0.45s quicker than that managed by championship leader Jorge Lorenzo.

Dani Pedrosa, Cal Crutchlow, Andrea Dovizioso and Stefan Bradl completed the top six.

Three riders fell during the 20 minute session, with Valentino Rossi the first to go on just his third lap. The Italian kicked away debris in frustration after losing his Ducati into MG Corner. He later mounted his spare bike to set the 12th fastest time.

Australian Kris McLaren also fell early in a session where he needed to impress in order to gain a start after failing to make the qualifying cut-off yesterday.

Karel Abraham too found himself walking back to the pits after being spat off his Ducati heading into Honda Corner. Like Rossi, the German returned on a spare bike to set his fastest lap on his final of the session.

The 20 minutes were not completely trouble-free for Stoner, who narrowly managed to avoid dropping his Honda after losing grip at MG at the end of his first of two runs.

The session was held in overcast but dry conditions, with no rain forecast for the afternoon.

The 2012 Air Asia Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is scheduled to get underway at 1600 local time.

See below for the full warm-up result

Pos.

#

Rider

Nation

Team

Bike

Km/h

Time

Gap 1st/Prev.

1 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 337.6 1’29.888
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 332.2 1’30.335 0.447 / 0.447
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 333.9 1’30.629 0.741 / 0.294
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 333.3 1’31.195 1.307 / 0.566
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 333.3 1’31.339 1.451 / 0.144
6 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 335.0 1’31.406 1.518 / 0.067
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 333.5 1’31.861 1.973 / 0.455
8 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 336.8 1’31.896 2.008 / 0.035
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 329.9 1’31.954 2.066 / 0.058
10 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 320.6 1’31.984 2.096 / 0.030
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 322.2 1’32.228 2.340 / 0.244
12 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 333.5 1’32.287 2.399 / 0.059
13 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 335.0 1’32.372 2.484 / 0.085
14 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 316.3 1’33.864 3.976 / 1.492
15 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 318.5 1’33.922 4.034 / 0.058
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 313.2 1’33.959 4.071 / 0.037
17 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 313.6 1’34.209 4.321 / 0.250
18 84 Roberto ROLFO ITA Speed Master ART 309.8 1’34.394 4.506 / 0.185
19 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Suter 316.8 1’34.520 4.632 / 0.126
43 Kris McLAREN AUS Avintia Blusens BQR 310.0 1’36.701 6.813 / 2.181

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