Stoner tops opening Valencia practice

Casey Stoner went quickest in the opening practice session for the season-ending MotoGP race at the Valencia circuit

Stoner tops opening Valencia practice

Stoner, who dominated last year's weekend at Valencia before falling down before the start of the race, moved to the top of the times with some six minutes of the session remaining.

His time of 1m32.897s was just four tenths of a second off the track record set by himself during the 2008 race.

The Ducati rider outpaced world champion Jorge Lorenzo, the local hero having to set for second position after finishing over half a second off the flying Stoner.

Honda's Andrea Dovizioso secured the third quickest time with a last-gasp effort, ahead of compatriot Marco Simoncelli on the satellite Honda from the Gresini team.

Valentino Rossi, in what is his final GP weekend with Yamaha, completed the top five from Nicky Hayden and Hector Barbera.

Randy de Puniet finished down in eighth position after topping the times for a significant part of the session in his last race with the LCR team.

The Frenchman, competing in his 200th race in the championship, wound up in front of American Ben Spies, who was the protagonist of the only significant incident of the session when he fell down at the end of the 45 minutes.

The Texan walked away from the accident unhurt.

Pos Rider Bike Time Gap Laps 1. Casey Stoner Ducati 1m32.897s 15 2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m33.455s + 0.558 22 3. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1m33.500s + 0.603 18 4. Marco Simoncelli Gresini Honda 1m33.631s + 0.734 21 5. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m33.714s + 0.817 23 6. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m33.757s + 0.860 20 7. Hector Barbera Aspar Ducati 1m33.857s + 0.960 21 8. Randy De Puniet LCR Honda 1m33.899s + 1.002 24 9. Ben Spies Tech 3 Yamaha 1m33.929s + 1.032 24 10. Aleix Espargaro Pramac Ducati 1m34.029s + 1.132 21 11. Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha 1m34.053s + 1.156 19 12. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m34.123s + 1.226 21 13. Marco Melandri Gresini Honda 1m34.160s + 1.263 23 14. Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 1m34.506s + 1.609 20 15. Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1m34.864s + 1.967 18 16. Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten Honda 1m34.904s + 2.007 22 17. Carlos Checa Pramac Ducati 1m35.172s + 2.275 20 
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