Stoner tops MotoGP warm-up

Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) led the 20-minute MotoGP warm up session at the Losail International Circuit, as the premier class made its last on-track preparations prior to Sunday evening's Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar.

The Australian, who will start the race from the middle of the front row, put in a lap of 1'55.999 – over a second slower than his qualification time – to edge ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa and pole man Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) as the Honda pair sought a solution to the chatter problems they encountered in qualifying.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 pair Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow – the latter of whom start from the front row – completed the top five, with Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team), Héctor Barberá (Pramac Racing), Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda Team), Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) and Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) inside the top 10.

�lvaro Bautista (San Carlo Honda Gresini) had a crash during the session which cost him a few minutes of valuable set-up time, but the Spaniard was unhurt and returned to the track on his second bike.

The 2012 season gets underway at 10pm local time when the race starts, as the new 1000cc prototypes and the CRT machines both make their race debuts.

Results

Pos.

Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'55.999 0.000 / 0.000
2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'56.075 0.076 / 0.076
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'56.326 0.327 / 0.251
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'56.345 0.346 / 0.019
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'56.469 0.470 / 0.124
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 1'56.775 0.776 / 0.306
7 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1'56.783 0.784 / 0.008
8 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'56.982 0.983 / 0.199
9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'57.143 1.144 / 0.161
10 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'57.146 1.147 / 0.003
11 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1'57.402 1.403 / 0.256
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1'57.580 1.581 / 0.178
13 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1'58.435 2.436 / 0.855
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 1'58.829 2.830 / 0.394
15 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 1'59.363 3.364 / 0.534
16 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR-FTR 1'59.510 3.511 / 0.147
17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 1'59.775 3.776 / 0.265
18 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 2'00.521 4.522 / 0.746
19 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR-FTR 2'00.939 4.940 / 0.418
20 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 2'01.257 5.258 / 0.318
21 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 2'03.291 7.292 / 2.034

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