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De Angelis tops morning warm-up

Alex de Angelis topped the times in the morning warm-up for the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island

De Angelis took the top spot halfway through the session as he battled with Valentino Rossi for the top spot. With 11 minutes remaining Rossi retook the top spot, and followed it up with an even faster lap next time around.

But with two minutes remaining de Angelis took a quarter of a second out of that effort with a 1:30.807 to set the fastest time. Just a few second later, poleman Casey Stoner went second fastest with a 1:30.930.

Stoner, and even more so Valentino Rossi, who was close behind in third, put in a string of consistently fast laps that should see both riders well placed for today's race.

Rossi's championship rival Jorge Lorenzo made a late jump up the times to finish fourth fastest closely followed by Dani Pedrosa, with Randy de Puniet and Colin Edwards a couple of tenths further back.

Pos  Rider             Bike             Time       Gap
 1.  Alex de Angelis   Gresini Honda    1m30.807s
 2.  Casey Stoner      Ducati           1m30.930s  + 0.123s
 3.  Valentino Rossi   Yamaha           1m31.073s  + 0.266s
 4.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha           1m31.204s  + 0.397s
 5.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda            1m31.346s  + 0.539s
 6.  Randy de Puniet   LCR Honda        1m31.526s  + 0.719s
 7.  Colin Edwards     Tech 3 Yamaha    1m31.542s  + 0.735s
 8.  Toni Elias        Gresini Honda    1m31.691s  + 0.884s
 9.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati           1m31.917s  + 1.110s
10.  Andrea Dovizioso  Honda            1m31.918s  + 1.111s
11.  James Toseland    Tech 3 Yamaha    1m32.072s  + 1.265s
12.  Mika Kallio       Pramac Ducati    1m32.153s  + 1.346s
13.  Marco Melandri    Hayate Kawasaki  1m32.555s  + 1.748s
14.  Chris Vermeulen   Suzuki           1m32.724s  + 1.917s
15.  Loris Capirossi   Suzuki           1m32.925s  + 2.118s
16.  Gabor Talmacsi    Scot Honda       1m33.158s  + 2.351s

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