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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 321.1 1’55.035  
2. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 322.8 1’55.193 0.158 / 0.158
3. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 322.7 1’55.740 0.705 / 0.547
4. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 317.6 1’55.814 0.779 / 0.074
5. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 317.4 1’56.003 0.968 / 0.189
6. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 327.5 1’56.266 1.231 / 0.263
7. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 319.6 1’56.302 1.267 / 0.036
8. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 317.9 1’56.306 1.271 / 0.004
9. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 319.2 1’56.362 1.327 / 0.056
10. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 318.2 1’56.434 1.399 / 0.072
11. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 319.3 1’56.437 1.402 / 0.003
12. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 320.0 1’56.517 1.482 / 0.080
13. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 315.5 1’56.540 1.505 / 0.023
14. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 319.1 1’56.586 1.551 / 0.046
15. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 321.1 1’57.275 2.240 / 0.689
16. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 316.0 1’57.601 2.566 / 0.326
17. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 321.3 1’58.123 3.088 / 0.522

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