2011 Qatar MotoGP: FP1 Results, All Stoner

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The first MotoGP practice session of the 2011 season got underway quickly at Losail International Circuit for the rider who dominated there at the beginning of the week’s pre-season test, Casey Stoner.

The Repsol Honda RC212V rider posted a 1:55.752 in Free Practice 1 (FP1) on Thursday, which was a 0.071 of a second slower than his fastest time in the Qatar pre-season MotoGP test earlier this week.

The competition was running extremely tight in FP1 for the MotoGP season opener this Sunday; the gap between second and eight place was only 0.230 of a second.

The Australian was followed by his teammate, Dani Pedrosa, who was 0.610 of second behind. The Spaniard was also quick at the Qatar test, topping the first day (and followed by Stoner).

Taking third was Hector Barbera, carrying the fastest time for Ducati on his Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP GP11. He trailed Pedrosa by only 0.059 of a second.

Fourth was sophomore MotoGP pilot Marco Simoncelli aboard the San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V. The Italian just edged out his fellow countryman Valentino Rossi by 0.030 of a second.

This was Rossi’s best performance to date on the Ducati Team GP11. He spent the pre-season MotoGP test near the back of the pack, not adapting that well to the Ducati machine.

Following Rossi was his former teammate, the reigning MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo on the Yamaha Factory Racing M1. Just behind Lorenzo was Ben Spies, who has impressed with his performances so far this year on the factory Yamaha.

Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso was eight fastest, followed by Randy de Puniet (Pramac Racing) and the American Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3). The last American in MotoGP, Rossi’s teammate Nicky Hayden, was 11th fastest aboard his Ducati Team GP11.

2011 MotoGP: Qatar FP1 Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 323.5 1’55.752  
2. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 320.4 1’56.362 0.610 / 0.610
3. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 326.6 1’56.421 0.669 / 0.059
4. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 320.2 1’56.441 0.689 / 0.020
5. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 319.8 1’56.479 0.727 / 0.038
6. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 317.9 1’56.493 0.741 / 0.014
7. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 316.7 1’56.586 0.834 / 0.093
8. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 321.3 1’56.592 0.840 / 0.006
9. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 316.4 1’56.790 1.038 / 0.198
10. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 321.7 1’56.879 1.127 / 0.089
11. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 321.6 1’56.910 1.158 / 0.031
12. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 320.8 1’56.987 1.235 / 0.077
13. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 317.3 1’57.366 1.614 / 0.379
14. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 317.2 1’57.429 1.677 / 0.063
15. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 322.5 1’57.821 2.069 / 0.392
16. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 316.7 1’58.528 2.776 / 0.707
17. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 317.9 1’59.087 3.335 / 0.559

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