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Stoner… Fastest Man at Qatar Test

Ducati Team Report

The Ducati Marlboro MotoGP Team concluded its preseason motorcycle race testing schedule this evening with both riders extremely satisfied with the set-up of their GP10 machines and their lap times.

The second and final night of motorcycle racing tests in Qatar saw Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden first and fourth on the time sheets despite both crashing in turn two, where several other riders also came unstuck.

The next appointment for the Ducati Marlboro Team is back on the same track on 11th April for the opening race of the 2010 MotoGP season, the Grand Prix of Qatar.

Casey Stoner Speaks… (Ducati Marlboro Team) 1st 1’55.352 (51 laps)

“I am really happy with the test and the work we have done right up to tonight. In the first Sepang test we had a few things to work out but we have made constant progress. The latest big step forward with the GP10 came last night and today I was able to set a consistently fast pace.”

“I have been able to work with the tyres without putting too much stress on them and I was able to keep my pace on used rubber. I like the new engine a lot, it is more manageable and I am pleased to see the other Ducati riders, especially Nicky confirming that with fast times.”

Nicky Hayden Speaks… (Ducati Marlboro Team) 4th 1’56.116 (51 laps)

“Today went better than yesterday, we took a step forward with the set-up and my lap time was decent. It is still taking us too long to get up to speed but there’s no doubt we’re making progress. Tonight I did my best time on a long run and I think I could have gone even faster on the next lap if it wasn’t for the crash in turn two.”

“Anyway the bike is working well, the team has done a fantastic job and I can’t wait for the season to start now. I want to say a big thanks to all the guys at Ducati who are working so hard and giving me great support.”

Circuit Record: Casey Stoner (Ducati – 2008), 1’55.153, 168.193 Km/h

Best Pole: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha – 2008), 1’53.927, 170.003 Km/h

MotoGP unofficial lap times from the final day

1. Stoner (Ducati) 1’55.352 (51 laps)

2. Rossi (Yamaha) 1’55.860 (57)

3. Dovizioso (Honda) 1’55.880 (66)

4. Hayden (Ducati) 1’56.116 (51)

5. Capirossi (Suzuki) 1’56.195 (58)

6. Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1’56.504 (44)

7. De Puniet (Honda) 1’56.505 (66)

8. Edwards (Yamaha)1’56.772 (48)

9. Kallio (Ducati) 1’56.767 (74)

10. Spies (Yamaha)1’56.780 (44)

11. Espargarò (Ducati) 1’56.897 (64)

12. Bautista (Suzuki) 1’56.898 (71)

13. Pedrosa (Honda)1’56.934 (56)

14. Melandri (Honda) 1’57.222 (64)

15. Barberà (Ducati)1’57.222 (74)

16. Aoyama (Honda) 1’57.251 (81)

17. Simoncelli (Honda) 1’57.379 (56)

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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