Casey Stoner has returned to the top of the timesheets at Valencia, controlling the third session of free practice for the MotoGP class with apparent ease. The Marlboro Ducati rider grabbed the top spot early on in the session, and was the first rider to crack the 1'32 barrier, eventually getting his time down to 1'32.664. Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa was the only man who could follow, the Spaniard riding remarkably well despite still healing from a broken collarbone and also just edging into the 1'32s.
2010 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo set the 3rd fastest time of the session, nearly half a second off Stoner's time, and just ahead of San Carlo Gresini's Marco Simoncelli, the Italian continuing his strong progress since the end of the season. Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Ben Spies is apparently untroubled by his dislocated ankle as Pedrosa is by his collarbone, the Texan going 5th quickest in the session, just over a tenth of a second off Lorenzo in 3rd, while Andrea Dovizioso went 6th fastest during FP3.
While their teammates dominate at the front, Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi continue to struggle in mid-pack. Hayden ended the session in 9th, nearly eight tenths off Stoner's time, while Rossi could manage only the 10th fastest time, another few hundredths slower.
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