2011 Qatar MotoGP Free Practice 1

At 19h55 local time, the first session of the 2011 season started at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. This seemed a continuation from the test that took place earlier this week, with conditions almost identical.

Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner retained his position at the top of the timing sheets with a time of 1'55.752.

CASEY STONER – 1st – 1'55.752

"We started of where we left on Monday and used more or less the same set-up – the wind is a little stronger than we had in the test but the track condition feels pretty good. We need to improve rear edge grip, this is an area we've struggled with a little so we need to improve that which will give us better turn in and exit from the corner. I'd say we're about 80% complete on the bike package, we have a few main areas we can improve, but this is always the case – you can always improve something, and if we do in these areas it will makes us a lot more confident. I did the whole session with the same rear hard tire and I was happy with it from the beginning to the end, and this is good for the race. Finally the season has started, everything has gone fantastic so far but we need to be realistic and keep focused".

Practice Results
1 Casey Stoner 1'55.752 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 1'56.362 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Hector Barbera 1'56.421 SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
4 Marco Simoncelli 1'56.441 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
5 Valentino Rossi 1'56.479 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
6 Ben Spies 1'56.493 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
7 Jorge Lorenzo 1'56.586 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
8 Andrea Dovizioso 1'56.592 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
9 Randy De Puniet 1'56.790 FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
10 Colin Edwards 1'56.879 USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Nicky Hayden 1'56.910 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
12 Hiroshi Aoyama 1'56.987 JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
13 Loris Capirossi 1'57.366 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
14 Cal Crutchlow 1'57.429 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
15 Karel Abraham 1'57.821 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
16 Alvaro Bautista 1'58.528 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
17 Toni Eias 1'59.087 SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP

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