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2009-07-17 Casey Stoner sets pace in first Sachsenring practice
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First free practice for German Grand Prix brought mixed track conditions, making riders unable to fully exploit one hour session. Casey Stoner was fastest man of the day, almost 3 tenths faster than Pedrosa, who edged Rossi by just 0.054 seconds. Top 12 riders were inside one second, showing that Sachsenring race will provide close competition. Read top three rider claims after day 1 at Sachsenring.
Casey Stoner - 1st - 1:22.779:
It would have been better to have a full wet session because even from the first two laps the track was starting to dry and you donít get such good feedback. The bike seems to be working well, we had to change a few small things - like the seat, to make it a bit more comfortable - but generally over the last three races it has been great and Iím quite happy with it here. Weíre improving the GP9 step by step and I think you can see that by Nickyís recent results, which Iím really pleased about. Physically I feel the same as I did at this stage in the last few races so if it rains again tomorrow it would probably be beneficial to me because Iím sure it would leave me in better shape for the race and give us a much better chance of challenging for the win.
Dani Pedrosa - 2nd - 1:23.034:
I havenīt been able to try much out, specifically because of the mixed track conditions. For this reason I canít easily get an idea of my feeling with the new engine. We are going to try and prepare for the race in the best way possible, but tomorrow will probably be a hard day. It is possible that it will rain, and itís difficult to know how things will go. What will be important is preparing the setup and having a good qualifying session.
Valentino Rossi - 3rd - 1:23.088:
This was quite a strange session because we had all sorts of track conditions and then at the end it was basically dry and I was quite fast. It was a good chance to work on the rain setting and I am pretty happy because the bike felt good and our times were also quick on the wet track. It seems we have a good setting immediately here for all conditions, because it continued to feel good as the track dried and the nature of the asphalt changed. We have some things to improve, especially the feeling and general balance in the faster parts of the track, so we will concentrate on this tomorrow. Right at the end we had a bit of traffic or we could have been faster, but anyway weíre still third so I think we are in good shape. It seems Bridgestone have brought good tyres for this track, of course there is no intermediate tyre which is always going to be a bit difficult in these sorts of conditions, but I donít think it was a big problem today.
Sachsenring FP1 results:
1. Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team 1.22.779
2. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 1.23.034
3. Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team 1.23.088
4. Randy De Puniet LCR Honda MotoGP 1.23.133
5. Alex De Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini 1.23.282
6. Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1.23.295
7. Toni Elias San Carlo Honda Gresini 1.23.351
8. Hayden Nicky Ducati Marlboro Team 1.23.367
9. Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Team 1.23.370
10. Marco Melandri Hayate Racing Team 1.23.466
11. Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Team 1.23.496
12. Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1.23.705
13. Mika Kallio Pramac Racing 1.24.090
14. James Toseland Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1.24.317
15. Niccolo Canepa Pramac Racing 1.24.908
16. Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1.25.161
17. Gabor TALMACSI Scot Racing Team MotoGP 1.25.416
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