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Stoner in command in final practice

Casey Stoner, Ducati, Valencia 2010Casey Stoner dominated Saturday morning practice at Valencia.

The Ducati rider was fastest from the first flying laps, immediately lapping in the high-1m32s bracket that it took his rivals most of the 45 minutes to reach.

Stoner eventually did a 1m32.664s which stood as the morning's best, while late improvements from Dani Pedrosa got the Honda rider to within 0.281 seconds of the Ducati.

World champion Jorge Lorenzo was third for Yamaha, while his team-mate Valentino Rossi continued to struggle at a track where he rarely has a happy time. The Italian was only 10th.

Marco Simoncelli continued his fine recent form to take fourth for Gresini Honda, followed by Tech 3 Yamaha's Ben Spies, whose Estoril ankle dislocation is not hampering him at all so far this weekend.

Andrea Dovizioso completed the top six on the second works Honda.

The session saw little incident, with Hector Barbera's early trip through the gravel the only error of note. The Aspar Ducati rider still managed to take an impressive eighth place in the end.

Pos  Driver            Team               Time       Gap
 1.  Casey Stoner      Ducati             1m32.664s
 2.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda              1m32.945s  + 0.281s
 3.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha             1m33.117s  + 0.453s
 4.  Marco Simoncelli  Gresini Honda      1m33.171s  + 0.507s
 5.  Ben Spies         Tech 3 Yamaha      1m33.226s  + 0.562s
 6.  Andrea Dovizioso  Honda              1m33.397s  + 0.733s
 7.  Randy de Puniet   LCR Honda          1m33.408s  + 0.744s
 8.  Hector Barbera    Aspar Ducati       1m33.440s  + 0.776s
 9.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati             1m33.454s  + 0.790s
10.  Valentino Rossi   Yamaha             1m33.498s  + 0.834s
11.  Aleix Espargaro   Pramac Ducati      1m33.615s  + 0.951s
12.  Colin Edwards     Tech 3 Yamaha      1m33.781s  + 1.117s
13.  Hiroshi Aoyama    Interwetten Honda  1m33.986s  + 1.322s
14.  Loris Capirossi   Suzuki             1m34.012s  + 1.348s
15.  Marco Melandri    Gresini Honda      1m34.092s  + 1.428s
16.  Alvaro Bautista   Suzuki             1m34.158s  + 1.494s
17.  Carlos Checa      Pramac Ducati      1m35.243s  + 2.579s
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