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Casey Stoner ends MotoGP test at Sepang fastest for Honda

Casey Stoner Honda 2012 MotoGP Sepang test

Casey Stoner wrapped up the opening MotoGP test of 2012 by setting the pace on the third and final day of running at Sepang.

The world champion became the only rider to dip below the two-minute barrier on what was only his second lap of the morning.

The Honda rider remained unbeaten for the rest of the day, his 1m59.607s lap putting him over half a second clear of Jorge Lorenzo's Yamaha as Stoner spent the rest of the day evaluating shock absorber and clutch settings.

Dani Pedrosa was third on his Honda, using the day to compare the long and short-spec RCV 213V chassis available to him, while Ben Spies recovered from a crash midway through the day to set the fourth best time.

Valentino Rossi was fifth for Ducati - and more than a second off the pace - while Hector Barbera was next up on his Pramac-run version. Cal Crutchlow was the quickest of the Tech 3 Yamaha riders in seventh, one spot ahead of his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.

Alvaro Bautista (Gresini Honda) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati) completed the top 10, while Colin Edwards was once again the quickest of the CRT riders on his Forward Racing Suter-BMW.

Pos  Rider              Team                       Time               Laps
 1.  Casey Stoner       Repsol Honda Team          1m59.607s            21
 2.  Jorge Lorenzo      Yamaha Factory Racing      2m00.198s  +  0.591  35
 3.  Dani Pedrosa       Repsol Honda Team          2m00.256s  +  0.649  26
 4.  Ben Spies          Yamaha Factory Racing      2m00.495s  +  0.888  16
 5.  Valentino Rossi    Ducati Team                2m00.824s  +  1.217  42
 6.  Hector Barbera     Pramac Racing Team         2m00.929s  +  1.322  40
 7.  Cal Crutchlow      Monster Yamaha Tech 3      2m01.108s  +  1.501  26
 8.  Andrea Dovizioso   Monster Yamaha Tech 3      2m01.257s  +  1.650  40
 9.  Alvaro Bautista    San Carlo Honda Gresini    2m01.384s  +  1.777  34
10.  Nicky Hayden       Ducati Team                2m01.729s  +  2.122  19
11.  Stefan Bradl       LCR Honda                  2m01.894s  +  2.287  38
12.  Karel Abraham      Cardion AB Motoracing      2m02.218s  +  2.611  38
13.  Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha Factory             2m02.334s  +  2.727  27
14.  Franco Battaini    Ducati Team                2m03.033s  +  3.426  35
15.  Colin Edwards      NGM Mobile Forward Racing  2m04.722s  +  5.115  36
16.  Ivan Silva         Avintia Racing             2m08.225s  +  8.618  41
17.  Robertino Pietri   Avintia Racing             2m09.640s  +  10.033 16
18.  Jordi Torres       Avintia Racing             2m10.184s  +  10.577 29

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