Hot News
for your iPhone
for your iPad
Go to our forums to discuss this news
DATE News (chronologically)
Stoner leads the pack in Phillip Island
On the first day of Free Practice in the Australian Grand Prix, local boy Casey Stoner ended the top of the timing sheets with Repsol Honda team mates Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa sixth and seventh.

Weather conditions at Phillip Island were perfect with an afternoon air temperature of 21 degrees and a track temperature of 44 degrees, however all three riders reported a very bumpy track compared to last year.

Casey had a fall in FP1 but soon put it behind him and concentrated on finding the best set up for his RC212V to attack the bumpy Phillip Island track. In FP2 he found some more rear grip but lost some front end feeling, he remained fastest of the day with a 1'30.475 lap.

CASEY STONER – 1st 1'30.475
"I don't feel totally comfortable with the bike today and I'm sure we can improve the bike a lot. The track is certainly a lot more bumpy than last year and I think it will be very difficult to get the bike feeling 100% as the circuit is making things worse. In general we've found the Honda is better in certain aspects than what we had last year but with these bumps it's difficult to compare in other areas. We need to get the bike riding the bumps in the front a lot better, and also find some more rear grip. There is still a lot of work before we find the right race set up and we know we can go a lot faster".



Rider Time Nat Bike Team
1 Casey Stoner 1'30.475 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 1'30.744 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Marco Simoncelli 1'30.912 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
4 Colin Edwards 1'31.480 USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Ben Spies 1'31.495 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
6 Andrea Dovizioso 1'31.532 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
7 Dani Pedrosa 1'31.543 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
8 Hiroshi Aoyama 1'31.582 JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
9 Nicky Hayden 1'31.662 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
10 Randy De Puniet 1'31.670 FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Alvaro Bautista 1'31.777 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
12 Cal Crutchlow 1'31.969 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
13 Valentino Rossi 1'32.014 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
14 Loris Capirossi 1'32.052 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
15 Karel Abraham 1'32.360 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
16 Toni Elias 1'32.639 SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
17 Damian Cudlin 1'33.658 AUS DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar

Hot News Archives
2000 2001 2002 2003

Search Hot News
Search Help
AutoRacing1 Inc. BBB Business Review