2011 Qatar MotoGP: FP1 Results, All Stoner

MotoGP

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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda323.51’55.752 
2.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda320.41’56.3620.610 / 0.610
3.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati326.61’56.4210.669 / 0.059
4.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda320.21’56.4410.689 / 0.020
5.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati319.81’56.4790.727 / 0.038
6.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha317.91’56.4930.741 / 0.014
7.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha316.71’56.5860.834 / 0.093
8.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda321.31’56.5920.840 / 0.006
9.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati316.41’56.7901.038 / 0.198
10.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha321.71’56.8791.127 / 0.089
11.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati321.61’56.9101.158 / 0.031
12.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda320.81’56.9871.235 / 0.077
13.65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati317.31’57.3661.614 / 0.379
14.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha317.21’57.4291.677 / 0.063
15.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati322.51’57.8212.069 / 0.392
16.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki316.71’58.5282.776 / 0.707
17.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda317.91’59.0873.335 / 0.559

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