2007 Sachsenring FP3 Times - Day 2

The weather has warmed up considerably at the Sachsenring, but no change at the top of the timesheet. Casey Stoner continued his terrifiying domination at the German track, over 3/10ths faster than his team mate, and big surprise, Loris Capirossi. Capirossi has been almost invisible for most of the sessions, and indeed, for most of the season, and with negotiations with Ducati stalled, needs a strong result to get his career back into gear. This looks like the first, tentative step on the way.

But Capirossi's small steps are as nothing compared to Casey Stoner's giant leaps. The Australian had one awe-inspiring run of 10 laps, 7 of which were in the 1'22 bracket. Of the 21 full laps he rode, 9 were 1'22s.

Where Casey's race pace seems to be in the high 1'22s, for the mere mortals of the field, such as Valentino Rossi, race pace will be somewhere in the low 1'23 bracket. The Sachsenring is known for close racing, but Stoner doesn't seem to appreciate that reputation.

Rossi was unable to improve his best time from yesterday, only managing the 7th fastest time ahead of team mate Colin Edwards. Between the Fiat Yamaha team and the Marlboro Ducati team were Marco Melandri, Randy de Puniet, Carlos Checa and John Hopkins, all riders who have looked strong all weekend.

The Repsol Honda team seemed to have lost their way a little again, with Nicky Hayden down in 10th (but well up from his dismal 17th spot from yesterday), and Dani Pedrosa down in 14th, behind French Tech 3 Yamaha rider Sylvain Guintoli. Guintoli has been surprising all weekend, and continues to shine.

Qualifying practice will be held this afternoon, with temperatures looking to be around 30 degrees C, the warmest they've been in Northern Europe, and a MotoGP round, for quite a while.

1 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'22.656
2 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'23.013 0.357 0.357
3 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'23.170 0.514 0.157
4 14 Randy DE PUNIET KAWASAKI 1'23.202 0.546 0.032
5 7 Carlos CHECA HONDA 1'23.220 0.564 0.018
6 21 John HOPKINS SUZUKI 1'23.339 0.683 0.119
7 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'23.347 0.691 0.008
8 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'23.380 0.724 0.033
9 71 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'23.408 0.752 0.028
10 1 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'23.454 0.798 0.046
11 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'23.585 0.929 0.131
12 4 Alex BARROS DUCATI 1'23.590 0.934 0.005
13 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI YAMAHA 1'23.617 0.961 0.027
14 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'23.653 0.997 0.036
15 84 Michel FABRIZIO HONDA 1'23.701 1.045 0.048
16 66 Alex HOFMANN DUCATI 1'23.764 1.108 0.063
17 6 Makoto TAMADA YAMAHA 1'23.806 1.150 0.042
18 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'23.935 1.279 0.129
19 80 Kurtis ROBERTS KR212V 1'25.097 2.441 1.162

Circuit Record:

Fastest Lap: Casey STONER 1'22.656 159.886 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2006 Dani PEDROSA 1'23.355 158.545 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2006 Dani PEDROSA 1'21.815 161.530 Km/h
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