Repsol Honda Team set the pace at Le Mans

Casey Stoner

After announcing yesterday in the official press conference his plans to retire at the end of this season, Casey Stoner got back on track and set the fastest time (1'33.740) in the first day of practice at the Le Mans circuit. His team mate, Dani Pedrosa, finished the day close behind (1'34.005), just two tenths off the Australian.

The Repsol Honda Team had a positive start to the Grand Prix of France with both factory riders already showing good pace in the morning session, taking first and second on the time sheets on their first outing here with the 1000cc machines. In the afternoon, with slightly higher track temperatures, Stoner managed to improve his time by 0.6 seconds and Pedrosa by 0.9.

CASEY STONER 1st 1'33.740
"The sessions today went quite well for us. Believe it or not, today we were trying to create chatter, so we can make the most use of this dry time on track to understand it a little better and make some improvements for the rest of the season. We are happy to use some of the sessions to focus on fixing the chatter issue, and not worry about the set up immediately. We started to find some chatter at the end of the day when we switched to the hard front tire and hopefully it will stay dry tomorrow so we can continue to work on this. After yesterday's announcement, I definitely felt a weight off my shoulders when I got on the bike this morning. The last two races I've had a lot of thoughts running through my mind and this weekend I already feel better knowing it's off my chest and we can now focus on the rest of the season, and try to enjoy it".

DANI PEDROSA 2nd 1'34.005
"The feeling was pretty good overall; normally with these cold conditions the track here is very slippery, but the tires worked well, the grip level is good and we managed two good session practices. We still have some work to do, mainly on the corner entry, but the first impression has been positive so far. It looks like the temperature will drop and some rain is coming, so it's been useful to have time in the dry to get the feeling at a track like this, where you have a lot of wheelie. I didn't test the new front Bridgestone tire today, but I would like to do it tomorrow if it's dry".

Practice Results

Pos Rider Time Nat. Bike Team
1 Casey Stoner 1'33.740 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 1'34.005 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Jorge Lorenzo 1'34.136 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
4 Alvaro Bautista 1'34.437 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
5 Ben Spies 1'34.467 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
6 Andrea Dovizioso 1'34.585 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Cal Crutchlow 1'34.610 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8 Hector Barbera 1'35.079 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
9 Valentino Rossi 1'35.112 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Nicky Hayden 1'35.132 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
11 Stefan Bradl 1'35.201 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
12 Karel Abraham 1'35.787 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
13 Randy De Puniet 1'36.438 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Yonny Hernandez 1'36.928 COL BQR-FTR BQR
15 Mattia Pasini 1'37.093 ITA ART Speed Master
16 Michelle Pirro 1'37.310 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
17 Aleix Espargaro 1'37.585 ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
18 Danilo Petrucci 1'38.255 ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
19 Ivan Silva 1'38.260 SPA BQR-FTR BQR
20 James Ellison 1'38.395 GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
21 Chris Vermeulen 1'39.383 AUS SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing

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