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The 2011 MotoGP season has not been typical of Valentino Rossi, from the first pre-season tests up to the opening round in Qatar two weeks ago.
The Italian could hardly break the top 10 in pre-season test sessions, and struggled for a seventh-place finish at Losail International Circuit.
One rider completed dominated at Losail International Circuit for the opening round of the 2011 MotoGP Championship: Casey Stoner.
Aboard the Repsol Honda RC212V, Stoner was quickest in all three free practice sessions, and then stormed to the pole at Qatar. This immediately made him the MotoGP favorite for Sunday’s race.
2011 MotoGP News
For the second year in a row, three MotoGP pilots are representing America in the series: Ben Spies, Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden.
The three finished in the top nine at Losail International Circuit, Qatar, for the opening round of the 2011 MotoGP Championship.
Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) opened his season in style by taking the second Moto2 win of his career at Losail International Circuit, Qatar, having started from pole position for the first time in his GP tenure.
The German Moto2 rider led from the start of the race and eventually won by a large margin of 4.330s.
Nico Terol (Bankia Aspar) achieved pole at Losail International Circuit, Qatar, with a late lap in the 125cc session, beating Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) to top spot by 0.090 of second in the dying moments of the 40-minute run with a lap of 2’06.605.
In Moto2 qualifying for the opening round at Losail International Circuit, Losail, Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) converted his practice session pace into pole position for the intermediate category race.
A lap of 2’00.168 secured the German rider the first pole of his World Championship career to date.
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Valentino Rossi’s performance throughout the 2011 MotoGP pre-season was very unusual, the Italian not adapting well to the Ducati Team GP11.
But on Thursday when the MotoGP grid began practicing for the 18-round season opener at Losail International Circuit, Qatar, Rossi was with the leading pack, posting the fifth fastest lap in FP1.