Winter testing ends with Repsol Honda Team 1-2 finish

The Official Winter Tests came to a close today at the Losail circuit in Qatar after a sandstorm blew through the circuit hours before testing commenced.

Once the winds had settled, the riders took to the track and conditions started to improve. Casey Stoner continued his program from yesterday and found the ideal rider position on his RC212V, the remainder of the session was spent alternating between the softer and harder compound tires. Stoner topped the timing sheets for the final day of testing with a time of 1'55.681 which he set on lap 40 of 46.

Pedrosa finishing second for the evening with a time of 1'55.745, he tested the 2011 front fork and also completed a half-race distance run of 10 laps – testing the softer compound tire and finished the session working on set-up ahead of this weekends season opening Grand Prix. Andrea Dovizioso made a race simulation and continued set-up work to be in the best possible shape for the coming weekend.


"I'm really happy, I didn't think we would get any laps in tonight judging from the weather earlier in the day, it was a little tough but the wind seemed to settle and the track conditions improved a lot and we got some good test time in tonight. By the look of the lap times everyone seems to have taken a big step forward, but we're happy with what we've achieved again here and we can enter the race weekend with confidence but at the same time everyone else will be improving their set-up so we can't relax. We found a good rider position which I'm really happy with, having moved my position more towards the rear in Sepang – to try and find more grip, here we can run a more neutral set-up and everything seems to be working well. We did some more work on electronics tonight and also on the tires, but generally worked in preparation for the weekend".

Testing Results
1 Casey Stoner 1'55.681 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 1'55.745 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Ben Spies 1'56.294 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
4 Marco Simoncelli 1'56.433 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
5 Andrea Dovizioso 1'56.439 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
6 Randy De Puniet 1'56.445 FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
7 Jorge Lorenzo 1'56.707 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
8 Colin Edwards 1'56.716 USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Nicky Hayden 1'56.726 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
10 Hiroshi Aoyama 1'56.740 JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
11 Hector Barbera 1'56.798 SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
12 Alvaro Bautista 1'56.931 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
13 Valentino Rossi 1'56.988 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
14 Loris Capirossi 1'57.345 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
15 Cal Crutchlow 1'57.730 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
16 Karel Abraham 1'57.846 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
17 Toni Eias 1'58.536 SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP

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