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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Stoner leads the way at Aragón

The Saturday morning outing at the Motorland circuit began in cooler temperatures than the extreme heat of the day before, a difference that was especially welcome since the session was extended to 75 minutes following the cancellation of the premier class’ second session on Friday.

Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) was the fastest rider out of the box, but it was Casey Stoner who quickly overtook the top spot to move under the lap record with an hour still remaining in the session. The Australian’s best time of a1’49.272 was a second and a half faster than his time set in the single practice session of the day before.

Pedrosa, who had been the quickest rider on Friday, followed his team mate with a time of 1’49.334, a nine tenths improvement for the Spaniard. Pramac Racing’s Randy de Puniet followed up his good performance of the day with an even better performance to rank third in the session, his time of 1’50.003 making him the fastest Ducati of the weekend yet.

In fourth was Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda), who followed De Puniet by a margin of 0.136s, while Simoncelli ended the session 0.058s behind his fellow compatriot.

Yamaha Factory’s Ben Spies ranked sixth in the meet, and despite a crash in turn 2 with 20 minutes remaining, the American returned to set a time of 1’50.376 on his third to the last lap. Álvaro Bautista followed in seventh with a 1'50.422, nearly a two second improvement for the Rizla Suzuki rider, while Jorge Lorenzo only made a three tenths improvement on his time with a 1'50.444 to rank him eighth.

Valentino Rossi advanced by over a second with a time of 1'50.484 to put him ninth, with team mate Nicky Hayen taking the tenth spot with a time of 1'50.567, a margin of 1.295s over leading man Stoner.

source: motogp official website

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