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Stoner quickest in morning warm-up

Casey Stoner has again dominated ahead of his tilt at a sixth consecutive Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix victory - posting the quickest time in the Sunday morning warm-up.

Having dominated practice before qualifying on pole, Stoner's fairytale home MotoGP farewell looks right on track after another sub 1min 30sec lap during the warm-up at Phillip Island.

He is the only rider to have broken the mark at Phillip Island this weekend - and has done so seven times.

The latest was his 1:29.888 in the 20-minute session.

Stoner did have one brief moment of concern when he veered off the course midway through his session, but he recovered to keep posting solid lap times.

The Australian is retiring from the sport at the end of the MotoGP season.


He is confident a hip knock picked up during a fall in qualifying on Saturday won't derail his attempt to farewell an anticipated record home crowd with another Phillip Island win.

"My biggest concern was my ankle, and as long as I haven't damaged that, we can deal with the rest of it no problem," Stoner said of the badly damaged ankle he had surgery on just weeks ago.

"I'm not too worried."

MotoGP championship chasers Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa will start alongside the Australian on the front row of the grid.

Lorenzo leads Pedrosa by 23 points in the championship going into the penultimate race of the season.

They are the only two riders who can win the MotoGP title.

Lorenzo, the 2010 MotoGP champion, could wrap up the championship if he finishes second, or picks up three points more than Pedrosa.

Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi had a fall during the warm-up session, but appears to have come through unscathed.

Australian Kris McLaren, making his MotoGP debut as a late replacement rider for the Avintia team, failed in his last-ditch attempt to qualify inside the cutoff time and won't line up in Sunday's race.

McLaren also had a fall during the session.