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Alice Ducati's Toni Elias put in a last-lap blinder to head the MotoGP third free practice timesheets at Indianapolis this afternoon - and it was dry.

But the big shock came seconds before Elias's lap as Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa stunned the paddock by leading for one minute on his new Bridgestone tyres before being demoted to fourth by Elias, Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden with their final circuits.

The third and final shock is that Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner is in 17th place, some two seconds off Elias' pace with only John Hopkins and Anthony West slower.


The top four are separated by just two-tenths of a second with Andrea Dovizioso in fifth, Alex De Angelis in sixth and Ben Spies in seventh. Sylvain Guintoli, Elias's team-mate, also make a couple of people sit up as he headed the field twice in the hour-long session.

Hayden made the early running, obviously favouring the left-handed track and was, at one point, some two seconds off the front. He stayed there until Dovizioso was the first man to go under the 1'51 barrier while Randy De Puniet and Guintoli occupied second and third.

Guintoli took the top spot just before the half hour with a 1'48.265 with Rossi and Hayden behind him. He remained there until Elias's next outing saw him put in a 1'47.301.

Laptimes then started to tumble. Britain's James Toseland was up as high fourth with six minutes to go but ended up 16th. Stoner briefly went fastest but soon scythed his way backwards.

Pedrosa then hit the top of the sheets, the paddock drew a breath and then Rossi and Hayden put in their final charges.

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