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MOTOGP NEWS 

Casey Stoner leads Honda one-two on day one of Sepang MotoGP testing

Casey Stoner, Honda, Sepang 2012Casey Stoner was back on top for Honda as MotoGP winter testing resumed at Sepang.

The reigning champion had been quickest in the previous test at the Malaysian circuit earlier in the month, and swiftly moved to the front today, lapping in 2m01.761s during the morning.

Heavy rain then meant little activity in the afternoon, with most teams staying in the pits while standing water cleared.

Honda took a one-two at the head of the order, with Dani Pedrosa 0.244 seconds slower than Stoner.

The works Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies were next up, albeit over half a second off the pace.

Alvaro Bautista was top satellite rider in fifth on Gresini's Honda.

Ducati slipped back after an encouraging previous test. Nicky Hayden completed 55 laps and went sixth quickest despite his recent shoulder surgery, with Valentino Rossi two places further down the order.

Colin Edwards was the best of the CRT runners with Forward's Suter-BMW, lapping within 3.749s of Stoner.

Cardion Ducati rider Karel Abraham withdrew from the test early due to back pain following his heavy accident at Jerez last week.

Pos  Rider             Team/Bike             Time       Gap
 1.  Casey Stoner      Honda                 2m01.761s
 2.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda                 2m02.005s  + 0.244s
 3.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                2m02.436s  + 0.675s
 4.  Ben Spies         Yamaha                2m02.819s  + 1.058s
 5.  Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda         2m02.959s  + 1.198s
 6.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati                2m03.132s  + 1.371s
 7.  Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha         2m03.213s  + 1.452s
 8.  Valentino Rossi   Ducati                2m03.245s  + 1.484s
 9.  Hector Barbera    Pramac Ducati         2m03.612s  + 1.851s
10.  Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda             2m03.820s  + 2.059s
11.  Andrea Dovizioso  Tech 3 Yamaha         2m03.830s  + 2.069s
12.  Colin Edwards     Forward Suter-BMW     2m05.510s  + 3.749s
13.  Franco Battaini   Cardion Ducati        2m05.563s  + 3.802s
14.  Ivan Silva        Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  2m08.109s  + 6.348s
15.  Yonny Hernandez   Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  2m08.767s  + 7.006s
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