Stoner tops Estoril warm-up
|By Michele Lostia||Sunday, October 4th 2009, 09:04 GMT|
Ducati's Casey Stoner has shown that taking a break hasn't made him any slower by topping the warm-up at a foggy Estoril, ahead of this afternoon's Portuguese Grand Prix.
The Australian, who missed the last three races, dominated the second half of the 20-minute session and further improved his time with a final effort of 1m37.334s lap.
The rest of the top runners only got close in the final couple of minutes, with Honda's Dani Pedrosa setting the second fastest time, 0.228s behind Stoner.
Yamaha's title contenders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were a further two tenths behind, with the two separated by a mere 0.002 seconds.
Mika Kallio surprisingly put his Pramac Ducati in fifth position, ahead of the works Desmosedici ridden by Nicky Hayden.
Randy de Puniet was seventh quickest with his LCR Honda, followed by the Suzukis of Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi, and with Gresini Honda's Toni Elias sandwiched between them.
Pos Rider Team Time Laps 1. Casey Stoner Ducati 1m37.334s 11 2. Daniel Pedrosa Honda 1m37.562s + 0.228s 11 3. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m37.788s + 0.454s 11 4. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m37.790s + 0.456s 10 5. Mika Kallio Pramac Ducati 1m38.213s + 0.879s 12 6. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m38.234s + 0.900s 12 7. Randy de Puniet LCR Honda 1m38.325s + 0.991s 11 8. Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 1m38.651s + 1.317s 12 9. Toni Elias Gresini Honda 1m38.777s + 1.443s 11 10. Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1m38.803s + 1.469s 12 11. Alex de Angelis Gresini Honda 1m38.806s + 1.472s 12 12. James Toseland Tech 3 Yamaha 1m38.842s + 1.508s 11 13. Niccolo Canepa Pramac Ducati 1m39.013s + 1.679s 12 14. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1m39.187s + 1.853s 12 15. Marco Melandri Hayate Kawasaki 1m39.341s + 2.007s 12 16. Gabor Talmacsi Scot Honda 1m39.675s + 2.341s 12 17. Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha 1m39.699s + 2.365s 10