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Stoner fastest in Laguna practice

Casey Stoner, Ducati, Laguna Seca 2010Casey Stoner was the man to beat in Friday practice at Laguna Seca, taking the fastest time by a comfortable margin over Jorge Lorenzo.

Yamaha rider Lorenzo had set the pace in the first half of the session, while Stoner (Ducati) hung back in the lower part of the top ten until taking first place with a 1m22.201s just before the halfway mark.

Lorenzo then closed to within 0.007 seconds of the Ducati, only for Stoner to pull further away with even quicker laps. By the end of the session the Australian was onto a 1m21.699s, 0.233s ahead of Lorenzo.

Honda pair Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa were third and fourth, followed by a great run from Tech 3 Yamaha's Ben Spies to take fifth on home ground.

The recovering Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) set the pace for a brief period in the opening minutes, and ended up a quiet sixth. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) narrowly beat Tech 3's Colin Edwards to seventh.

Marco Melandri was ninth for Gresini Honda, while his team-mate Marco Simoncelli suffered the only major crash of the session with a violent early high-side, but was unhurt.

Pos  Rider             Team               Time       Gap
 1.  Casey Stoner      Ducati             1m21.699s
 2.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha             1m21.932s  + 0.233s
 3.  Andrea Dovizioso  Honda              1m22.225s  + 0.526s
 4.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda              1m22.559s  + 0.860s
 5.  Ben Spies         Tech 3 Yamaha      1m22.640s  + 0.941s
 6.  Valentino Rossi   Yamaha             1m22.660s  + 0.961s
 7.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati             1m22.902s  + 1.203s
 8.  Colin Edwards     Tech 3 Yamaha      1m22.971s  + 1.272s
 9.  Marco Melandri    Gresini Honda      1m23.021s  + 1.322s
10.  Aleix Espargaro   Pramac Ducati      1m23.693s  + 1.994s
11.  Mika Kallio       Pramac Ducati      1m23.825s  + 2.126s
12.  Marco Simoncelli  Gresini Honda      1m24.002s  + 2.303s
13.  Hector Barbera    Aspar Ducati       1m24.326s  + 2.627s
14.  Alex de Angelis   Interwetten Honda  1m24.615s  + 2.916s
15.  Loris Capirossi   Suzuki             1m24.710s  + 3.011s
16.  Alvaro Bautista   Suzuki             1m25.031s  + 3.332s
17.  Roger Lee Hayden  LCR Honda          1m25.432s  + 3.733s
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