MotoGP: Stoner Tops Losail Test, Night 2

2011 MotoGP Qatar Test Results

By the midway point of the second session in Qatar Monday evening, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was the only MotoGP rider to post under the 1:56 mark.

But Pedrosa, who was fastest during the first night of MotoGP pre-season testing at Qatar, was soon surpassed by his teammate Casey Stoner.

After piloting his RC212V around Losail International Circuit for 46 laps, the Australian posted a 1:55.681, which was 0.064 of a second ahead of Pedrosa.

The Honda RC212V has now topped every pre-season test session of 2011 MotoGP (Overall quickest riders: Sepang 1 – Marco Simoncelli; Sepang 2 – Stoner; Qatar – Stoner).

Both Repsol Honda riders, who spent the remaining test session finalizing their RC212V MotoGP prototypes in preperation for this weekend’s season opener at Qatar, were followed by Yamaha Factory Racing Ben Spies.

The 2010 MotoGP Rookie of the Year was 0.549 of a second behind Pedrosa, and was the only Yamaha M1 in the top six; his teammate, MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo was seventh fastest.

Fourth and fifth fastest at Night 2 of MotoGP Qatar pre-season testing were two additional Honda riders: Marco Simoncelli and Andrea Dovizioso.

Simoncelli had a late charge, finishing with a 1:56.433. Dovizioso, the third man on the Repsol Honda team, was six-thousandths behind Simoncelli.

The highest placed Ducati GP11 in the Qatar test session was Pramac Racing’s Loris Capirossi. He was the last rider to get within a second of Stoner’s time, posting a 1:56.445.

Following Capirossi were a pair of Yamaha M1s: Lorenzo and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards. Rounding out the top 10 were Ducati Team rider Nicky Hayden and San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Hiroshi Aoyama.

As for Valentino Rossi, he crashed at Turn 7, only able to get his Ducati Team GP11 into 13th place. Rossi had also crashed during Sunday’s first test session at Qatar, and had struggled with adapting to the Ducati during all three pre-season tests.

2011 MotoGP Pre-Season Qatar Tests, Night 2 Results:

PosRiderTeamFastest lapPrev. GapLead. GapLaps
1.Casey StonerRepsol Honda Team1:55.68146
2.Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda Team1:55.745+0.064+0.06439
3.Ben SpiesYamaha Factory Racing1:56.294+0.549+0.61345
4.Marco SimoncelliSan Carlo Honda Gresini1:56.433+0.139+0.75270
5.Andrea DoviziosoRepsol Honda Team1:56.439+0.006+0.75858
6.Randy De PunietPramac Racing Team1:56.445+0.006+0.76467
7.Jorge LorenzoYamaha Factory Racing1:56.707+0.262+1.02648
8.Colin EdwardsMonster Yamaha Tech 31:56.716+0.009+1.03557
9.Nicky HaydenDucati Marlboro Team1:56.726+0.010+1.04568
10.Hiroshi AoyamaSan Carlo Honda Gresini1:56.740+0.014+1.05973
11.Hector BarberaMapfre Aspar Team1:56.798+0.058+1.11762
12.Alvaro BautistaRizla Suzuki MotoGP1:56.931+0.133+1.25063
13.Valentino RossiDucati Marlboro Team1:56.988+0.057+1.30750
14.Loris CapirossiPramac Racing Team1:57.345+0.357+1.66462
15.Cal CrutchlowMonster Yamaha Tech 31:57.730+0.385+2.04928
16.Karel AbrahamCardion AB Motoracing1:57.846+0.116+2.16549
17.Toni EliasLCR Honda MotoGP1:58.536+0.690+2.85557