Valencia MotoGP: Stoner 0.6 Ahead in FP3

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2011 MotoGP Finale

Unlike Friday’s free practice conditions, the 16-rider MotoGP grid welcomed sunshine and drying conditions during the final free practice session Saturday morning before qualifying for Valenica MotoGP.

During the final free practice of the 2011 MotoGP Championship, it was this year’s champ Casey Stoner who piloted the Repsol Honda to the top time of the 45-minute session.

Stoner posted a best of 1:32.619, which is over a tenth of a second off the circuit lap record set by Stoner in 2008 (Ducati). This time was also 13 seconds quicker than his best Friday practice time.

Stoner would be 0.663 of a second quicker than his teammate Dani Pedrosa, with Pramac Racing Ducati’s Randy de Puniet taking the third fastest time, 1.124 seconds behind Stoner.

Fourth quickest went to the third Repsol Honda rider, Andrea Dovizioso, who posted a 1:33.929. But not far back was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies, who trailed the Italian by 0.048 of a second.

Valentino Rossi piloted the Ducati Team GP11.1 to a 1:34.268, followed closely by Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista.

Rounding out the top ten were Rossi’s teammate Nicky Hayden, Mapfre Ducati’s Hector Barbera and San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Hiroshi Aoyama.

The grid will be back on the Valencia circuit for qualifying; stay clicked to UltimateMotorCycling.com.

2011 Valencia MotoGP: Free Practice 3 Results

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda308.31’32.619
2.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda307.51’33.2820.663 / 0.663
3.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati305.91’33.7431.124 / 0.461
4.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda308.31’33.9291.310 / 0.186
5.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha301.91’33.9771.358 / 0.048
6.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati302.51’34.2681.649 / 0.291
7.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki305.31’34.3091.690 / 0.041
8.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati302.31’34.4621.843 / 0.153
9.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati308.61’34.6762.057 / 0.214
10.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda308.01’34.8092.190 / 0.133
11.65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati303.81’35.0372.418 / 0.228
12.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati300.81’35.1182.499 / 0.081
13.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha302.01’35.3262.707 / 0.208
14.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda305.31’35.8993.280 / 0.573
15.89Katsuyuki NAKASUGAJPNYamaha Factory RacingYamaha300.21’36.1933.574 / 0.294
16.41Josh HAYESUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha296.91’36.2563.637 / 0.063