Jorge Lorenzo tops Friday practice in Qatar

Jorge Lorenzo

The final free practice this evening ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix of Qatar saw Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo set the MotoGP pace. The Mallorcan finished in second place in the penultimate practice session earlier in the evening, 0.214 seconds behind leader Casey Stoner as he continued to develop his set up. A strong final session on hard tires was then delivered before a softer rear option at the end provided the extra speed to take the top spot, 0.154 seconds ahead of fellow Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow in second.

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa crashed in FP2, without sustaining any injury, and was only able to use one bike in the second session of the evening, whilst his mechanics worked hard to build up the damaged machine.

The riders return on track tomorrow night for the first qualifying session of the season, which will decide the starting grid for the Grand Prix of Qatar.



Rider Time Nat Bike Team
1 Jorge Lorenzo 1'55.302 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Cal Crutchlow 1'55.456 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
3 Casey Stoner 1'55.674 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso 1'55.905 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Dani Pedrosa 1'56.114 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
6 Hector Barbera 1'56.163 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
7 Nicky Hayden 1'56.402 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
8 Valentino Rossi 1'56.535 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Ben Spies 1'56.671 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
10 Stefan Bradl 1'56.751 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
11 Alvaro Bautista 1'56.771 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
12 Karel Abraham 1'57.223 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
13 Randy De Puniet 1'58.261 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Colin Edwards 1'58.310 USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
15 Michelle Pirro 1'58.800 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
16 Yonny Hernandez 1'59.087 COL BQR-FTR BQR
17 Aleix Espargaro 1'59.169 ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
18 Danilo Petrucci 1'59.517 ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
19 Ivan Silva 2'00.035 SPA BQR-FTR BQR
20 Mattia Pasini 2'00.226 ITA ART Speed Master
21 James Ellison 2'00.563 GBR ART Paul Bird Racing

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