MotoGP: Stoner Controls Losail Practice

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After all three practice sessions were finished for Round 1 of the 2011 MotoGP Championship at Losail International Circuit, Qatar, one rider simply dominated: Casey Stoner.

The Australian Repsol Honda RC212V rider took the top times in Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2, and then set the fastest time of the Qatar MotoGP week ahead of qualifying with a 1:55.035 at Free Practice 3.

Just as in FP1 and FP2, his teammate Dani Pedrosa was right behind, trailing by 0.158 of a second. In third was the final Repsol Honda rider, Andrea Dovizioso, who was 0.705 of a second behind.

The fourth and fifth positions went to the Yamaha Factory Racing teammates Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies, respectively. The reigning MotoGP Champion Lorenzo was only 0.074 of a second behind Dovizioso.

The 2010 MotoGP Rookie of the Year Spies was the last one within a second of Stoner, 0.968 behind.

As in FP1, Hector Barbera was the highest placed Ducati, this time taking sixth fastest aboard the Mapfre Aspar Ducati GP11. Barbera posted a 1:56.266, just edging out Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards by 0.36 of a second.

Rounding out the top 10 was a trio of Ducati riders: Ducati Team rider Valentino Rossi, and then the Pramac Racing Ducati riders, Randy de Puniet and Loris Capirossi, respectively.

There was a huge Turn-15, single-rider crash during FP3. The sole Suzuki rider, Alvaro Bautista, went down, breaking his left femur. The broken leg needs surgery, and pins will be installed, Rizla Suzuki reported.

Bautista will not compete in this weekend’s opening round of the 2011 MotoGP Championship, and there is no reports of when he’ll return.

2011 Qatar MotoGP Free Practice 3 Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda321.11’55.035 
2.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda322.81’55.1930.158 / 0.158
3.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda322.71’55.7400.705 / 0.547
4.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha317.61’55.8140.779 / 0.074
5.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha317.41’56.0030.968 / 0.189
6.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati327.51’56.2661.231 / 0.263
7.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha319.61’56.3021.267 / 0.036
8.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati317.91’56.3061.271 / 0.004
9.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati319.21’56.3621.327 / 0.056
10.65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati318.21’56.4341.399 / 0.072
11.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha319.31’56.4371.402 / 0.003
12.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda320.01’56.5171.482 / 0.080
13.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda315.51’56.5401.505 / 0.023
14.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati319.11’56.5861.551 / 0.046
15.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati321.11’57.2752.240 / 0.689
16.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki316.01’57.6012.566 / 0.326
17.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda321.31’58.1233.088 / 0.522