2011 Qatar MotoGP: FP2 Results… Stoner

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The winds were brutal at Losail International Circuit in Qatar for Free Practice 2 (FP2) Friday afternoon, but they didn’t stop the Australian MotoGP star Casey Stoner.

The Repsol Honda rider continued to set the pace, posting an impressive 1:55.457, a full 1.3 seconds faster than best time in Thursday’s FP1.

And just like FP1, the man trailing Stoner was teammate Dani Pedrosa, who posted a lap time 0.397 of a second behind.

Last year’s MotoGP Rookie of the Year Ben Spies continues to show promise of being an "alien" someday, and bettered this Thursday time by three positions to third. The American was 0.659 of a second behind Stoner.

Taking the fourth fastest time was the third Repsol Honda RC212V driver, Andrea Dovizio. He was followed by a pair of Yamaha M1 prototypes: reigning MotoGP Champ Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing M1), and Colin Edwards (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha M1).

The last rider to post within a second of Stoner was the Italian in seventh place, Marco Simoncelli. He was 0.921 of a second behind Stoner on the San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V.

Rounding out the top 10 were Edward’s teammate Cal Crutchlow, and the Ducati Team GP11 riders, Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden.

All together, only 1.169 seconds between first and 10th in FP2. The MotoGP grid will finish FP3 tonight at Qatar.

2011 Qatar Free Practice 2 Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda320.41’55.457 
2.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda321.81’55.8540.397 / 0.397
3.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha316.31’56.1160.659 / 0.262
4.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda323.31’56.1720.715 / 0.056
5.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha317.81’56.2200.763 / 0.048
6.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha316.41’56.2590.802 / 0.039
7.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda318.71’56.3780.921 / 0.119
8.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha319.21’56.5181.061 / 0.140
9.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati320.11’56.5321.075 / 0.014
10.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati320.01’56.6261.169 / 0.094
11.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati316.31’56.6681.211 / 0.042
12.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati327.71’56.7351.278 / 0.067
13.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda319.71’56.7901.333 / 0.055
14.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki316.31’56.8331.376 / 0.043
15.65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati317.61’57.3041.847 / 0.471
16.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati322.51’57.6832.226 / 0.379
17.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda316.51’58.8013.344 / 1.118