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2012-03-24 07:48

CASEY KING IN JEREZ: Australian Casey Stoner (left) and Spaniard Dani Pedrosa wave to fans on March 3, 2012 during the presentation of the 2012 Repsol Honda Team in Madrid. Stoner was fastest in testing this week. Image: AFP

JEREZ, Spain - Australian World champion Casey Stoner posted the quickest time in the first session of pre-season MotoGP testing in Jerez on Friday.

The Honda star clocked a best lap of 1min39.146 to top the standings ahead of Yamaha's Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo by 0.273sec.

Stoner was continuing his bold pre-season showing on the new 1000cc bikes having emerged quickest in the first bout of testing on the Malaysian circuit of Sepang at the start of the month.

The 2012 season will start in Qatar on April 8.

Jerez testing times
1 Casey Stoner (AUS/Honda) 1min39.146
2 Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Yamaha) +0.273
3 Dani Pedrosa (Honda) +0.433
4 Ben Spies (USA/Yamaha) +0.838
5 Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Yamaha) +0.984
6 Nicky Hayden (USA/Ducati) +1.366
7 Alvaro Bautista (ESP/Honda) +1.399
8 Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Yamaha) +1.519
9 Valentino Rossi (ITA/Ducati) +1.774
10 Stefan Bradl (GER/Honda) +1.837

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