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Stoner fastest in damp warm-up

Casey Stoner was quickest in a damp warm-up session for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.

The Ducati rider's final 2m01.739s was one of several laps good enough to top the session, which saw him take first place by a margin of 0.495 seconds over Marco Melandri, who again shone in slippery conditions on the Hayate Kawasaki.

Chris Vermeulen (Suzuki) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati) both showed much better form in the wet than they had in the dry as they took third and sixth.

They were split by Yamaha's Valentino Rossi, who is aiming for an eighth consecutive Mugello win this afternoon, and Vermeulen's team-mate Loris Capirossi, who was among the fastest when the track was slightly wetter at the start of the session.

Pole-sitter Jorge Lorenzo was only 13th for Yamaha.

Despite the conditions, all the riders managed to stay on the road, although Stoner, Melandri and Pramac Ducati's Niccolo Canepa all had to catch vicious slides.

Pos  Rider             Bike             Time
 1.  Casey Stoner      Ducati           2m01.739s
 2.  Marco Melandri    Hayate Kawasaki  2m02.234s  + 0.495s
 3.  Chris Vermeulen   Suzuki           2m02.395s  + 0.656s
 4.  Valentino Rossi   Yamaha           2m02.529s  + 0.790s
 5.  Loris Capirossi   Suzuki           2m02.666s  + 0.927s
 6.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati           2m02.849s  + 1.110s
 7.  Randy de Puniet   LCR Honda        2m03.301s  + 1.562s
 8.  Colin Edwards     Tech 3 Yamaha    2m03.406s  + 1.667s
 9.  Alex de Angelis   Gresini Honda    2m03.880s  + 2.141s
10.  Andrea Dovizioso  Honda            2m04.070s  + 2.331s
11.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda            2m04.196s  + 2.457s
12.  Mika Kallio       Pramac Ducati    2m04.430s  + 2.691s
13.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha           2m04.683s  + 2.944s
14.  Toni Elias        Gresini Honda    2m04.859s  + 3.120s
15.  James Toseland    Tech 3 Yamaha    2m05.100s  + 3.361s
16.  Yuki Takahashi    Scot Honda       2m05.506s  + 3.767s
17.  Niccolo Canepa    Pramac Ducati    2m06.524s  + 4.785s

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