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So thank you very much for joining us here - we will of course have LIVE comments of all three races from Valencia on Sunday.

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RESULT: 1. Stoner, 2. Lorenzo, 3. Simoncelli; 4. Rossi, 5. Hayden, 6. Spies; 7. Edwards, 8. Pedros, 9. Dovizioso; 10. Melandri, 11. De Puniet, 12. Espargaro; 13. Barbera, 14. Capirossi, 15. Aoyama, 16. Checa; 17. Bautista.

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So the front row is: Stoner-Lorenzo and Simoncelli.......

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1:31.799 from Stoner!!! He improves his own lap just for kicks at the end. The only man under 1:32 - superb stuff from the Australia in his final race for Ducati.

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And Rossi up to fourth! He really woke up in the final few minutes...he is done now though.

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Stoner and Lorenzo are both on final laps.

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Lorenzo again was ahead of Stoner on the splits but that final section keeps killing him.

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A bit better from Rossi as he moves up to eight....hectic finish now.

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Lorenzo back out and has two more laps to try and steal pole.

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Dovizioso has just gone eight which knocks Rossi out of the top 10!!!

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Spies has now gone fifth so the second row is all-American - Hayden-Spies-Edwards.

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Hayden has just jumped up to fourth but he actually LOST time in that section where team-mate Stoner was so good.

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HUGE LAP FROM STONER - 1:31.866 - he is now on pole - he did it all in that final sector again where the Ducati really seems to fly.

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We have not mentioned Ben Spies - he took a while to get going but is now seventh.

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1:32.130 now from Lorenzo - that is nearly half a second faster than Stoner in third. He is the champion for a reason.

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Wow - superb from Lorenzo - he has just put in a lap of 1:32.147 and that could be good enough for pole. That's very quick.

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Casey Stoner VERY nearly loses control of his bike but he rescues the situation - he has had a few little moments today.

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Rossi has just gone from 10th to 8th while Pedros has jumped up to fourth.

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Casey Stoner VERY nearly loses control of his bike but he rescues the situation - he has had a few little moments today.

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Stoner has improved his best time but Lorenzo remains in the lead.

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1. Lorenzo, 2. Stoner, 3. Edwards, 4. Hayden, 5. Simoncelli, 6. De Puniet, 7. Pedrosa, 8. Dovizioso, 9. Rossi, 10. Melandri.

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We are finally getting some action now - as Hayden has his best lap to move up form sixth to fourth. And Stoner is out now looking to get his lead back.

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Well that was just a feeler from Edwards - superb lap of 1:32.698 and that is good enough for third.

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Colin Edwards has just had his best lap but it is still only good enough for 12.

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Rossi is now down in eight - does not look like he will have a dream finish to his Yamaha career.

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AND NOW Lorenzo goes fastest: 1:32.604 - but he is losing time in the final section every time.

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Lorenzo does post his fastest lap but he is still a tenth of a second off Stoner.

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Lorenzo is back out on a flying lap.

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De Puniet improves his time again but it is still not under 1:33 and he remains fourth.

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Dovizioso has also just had his best lap to move up to seventh.

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A lap of 1:33.127 from De Puniet sees him jump up to the top of the second row in fourth place.

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Still just three riders - Stoner, Lorenzo and Simoncelli - under 1:33 at the moment - Hayden, Pedros and then Rossi come next.

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Well Stoner has not been out for awhile but his second flying lap still keeps him in front.

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1. Stoner, 2. Lorenzo, 3. Simoncelli, 4. Hayden, 5. Pedrosa, 6.Rossi, 7. Melandri, 8 Edwards is what we have at the moment.

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Pedrosa has just posted his best lap but he is still only fifth, Lorenzo has also shaved some time off his effort but still only good enough for second.

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Simoncelli and Lorenzo have now both gone under 1:33 but Stoner still remains in front.

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At the moment we have a top five of: Stoner, Simoncelli, Lorenzo, De Punier, Edwards but we are in a state of flux still.

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Stoner now with a really quick lap – 1:32.66 that is one of the quickest laps of the weekend so far, he then goes into the gravel moments after the lap finished. Nothing major though – he stayed on the bike.

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Stoner's lap nearly two seconds ahead of anyone else at the moment but they are all still warming up.

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Nicky Hayden post the first 'flying' lap but it is quickly over taken by Casey Stoner who has put down a marker of 1:33.984.

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Lots of waving from Lorenzo on his out lap - we should be having our first proper laps any second now.

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Lots of Lorenzo flags here today - it is his first time back in Spain since winning the World Championship.

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And we are underway here in Valencia....

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Casey Stoner could yet overtake Valentino Rossi in the driver standings especially given their comparative form so far this weekend.

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The Valenica football team have been spotted watching the action. They lost their two best players last season but they are still doing okay.

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Casey Stoner could well be the man to beat this weekend. He has been looking very fast and topped the timesheets in this morning's final free practice session.

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Hello and welcome to our LIVE comments from Valencia where we are looking forward to qualification for Sunday's final race of the season. The racing starts at 13:05