Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) maintained his lead at Le Mans this morning, setting the fastest time in his final lap of the last practice session. The Australian led a Honda top four, pushing Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) into second in the final moments of FP3.
Repsol Honda team mates Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa set the third and fourth fastest times of the session, ahead of a consistent Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) who continued to be the quickest Ducati rider at the French circuit, taking fifth.
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing), who was last years winner at Le Mans, had to settle for sixth, finishing the session ahead of Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) in seventh.
Brit Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was tenth fastest in the session, just 0.161s behind his vastly more experienced team mate Colin Edwards, on his first racing appearance at Le Mans.
1 Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda Team 1m 33.815s
2 Marco Simoncelli ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1m 34.075s
3 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda Team 1m 34.244s
4 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team 1m 34.545s
5 Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team 1m 34.954s
6 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha Factory Racing 1m 35.051s
7 Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Team 1m 35.280s
8 Colin Edwards USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1m 35.281s
9 Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing 1m 35.302s
10 Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1m 35.442s
11 Hiroshi Aoyama JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini 1m 35.645
12 Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing 1m 35.799s
13 Alvaro Bautista SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1m 35.979s
14 Randy De Puniet FRA Pramac Racing Team 1m 36.091s
15 Hector Barbera SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP 1m 36.268s
16 Loris Capirossi ITA Pramac Racing Team 1m 36.370s
17 Toni Elias SPA LCR Honda MotoGP 1m 36.467s