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.
The first Grand Prix of the 2011 MotoGP season got underway today under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
In a change to the usual timings, brought about by the night-time schedule, riders took to the circuit for 45minutes tonight for the first official free practice session of the Qatar MotoGP weekend.
In Moto2 Yuki Takahashi grabbed the quickest time of the second practice session in the dying moments, beating Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) by just 0.053 of a second as the intermediate class and the 125s ran two practices on Thursday at Losail International Circuit, Qatar, as opposed to the single one for MotoGP.
It hasn’t been a typical pre-season for MotoGP Champion Valentino Rossi. One only has to look to the 2011 numbers to quickly understand how much Rossi has struggled adapting to the Ducati GP11.
In the Sepang 1 test, Rossi finished 11th overall on the GP11, 1.085 seconds behind leader Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V).
Qatar MotoGP Test, Day 1 Results
Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies were in the top five at the first day of testing at Losail International Circuit in Qatar on Sunday, but couldn’t get their M1 prototypes up to speed with the Honda riders.
2011 MotoGP Test
The final preparations of the 2011 MotoGP pre-season commenced at the Losail International Circuit on Sunday, as the premier class completed the first of two days of night-time testing at the track which will host the opening round of the campaign next weekend.
Australian modified style in early stages of Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar.
Casey Stoner almost made the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar look easy, but the Australian revealed after his third consecutive victory at the Losail International Circuit that a lot of concentration and adaptation was needed over the course of the 22-lap race.
A fuel consumption issue had Stoner modifying his style as he streaked out in front, and he explained afterwards that his turning up the heat later on was not a direct response to some fast times from rival Valentino Rossi.
After his horror crash in qualifying on Saturday at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar Nicky Hayden did well to come home twelfth on his Ducati race debut.
Nicky Hayden produced an impressive display in his first race for Ducati Marlboro coming from 16th on the grid at the Losail International Circuit in Monday’s re-scheduled MotoGP contest to finish in the points in 12th place, despite his back and chest injuries.
Rossi Needs Strategy to Stop Stoner.
The start of the MotoGP season in Qatar also sees the launch of a new edition of the MotoGP Fantasy League, where you can find out once and for all just how much you know about premier class racing.
There is still time to make your picks for the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar, and this weekend you can also match your hunch against that of MotoGP Legend Angel Nieto, who spoke to motogp.com on Sunday afternoon.
After a dominant performance in the first MotoGP qualifying session of the year Casey Stoner will get away from pole at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar.
The 2007 World Champion Casey Stoner will attempt to make it three consecutive season-opening victories in Qatar on Sunday having qualified in pole position at the floodlit Losail International Circuit on Saturday.