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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 320.4 1’55.457  
2. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 321.8 1’55.854 0.397 / 0.397
3. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 316.3 1’56.116 0.659 / 0.262
4. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 323.3 1’56.172 0.715 / 0.056
5. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 317.8 1’56.220 0.763 / 0.048
6. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 316.4 1’56.259 0.802 / 0.039
7. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 318.7 1’56.378 0.921 / 0.119
8. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 319.2 1’56.518 1.061 / 0.140
9. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 320.1 1’56.532 1.075 / 0.014
10. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 320.0 1’56.626 1.169 / 0.094
11. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 316.3 1’56.668 1.211 / 0.042
12. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 327.7 1’56.735 1.278 / 0.067
13. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 319.7 1’56.790 1.333 / 0.055
14. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 316.3 1’56.833 1.376 / 0.043
15. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 317.6 1’57.304 1.847 / 0.471
16. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 322.5 1’57.683 2.226 / 0.379
17. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 316.5 1’58.801 3.344 / 1.118

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