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Qatar: Testing compared to racing

How closely will Sunday's Qatar MotoGP results compare to the testing lap times?
It's always difficult to predict how closely pre-season results - which are ranked in terms of best lap time - will transfer over to actual race results, given the number of distortions possible in testing due to tyres, new parts and fuel loads etc.

But for comparison, here are the overall results from the 2010 Qatar test (March 18-19), alongside the race results from the following Qatar Grand Prix (April 11), which was the next time the riders were on track.

Note that Casey Stoner crashed while in the lead and pulling away, while the condition of Jorge Lorenzo's hand injury improved between the test and race. Those two riders aside, the race top six closely resembled the single-lap ranking at the test.

The biggest improvers between test and race were Dani Pedrosa, Hiroshi Aoyama and Marco Simoncelli - who gained six places - but four riders that were in front of them at the test failed to finish the race, making their real gain much more modest.

Rider: 2010 Qatar Test - 2010 Qatar Race (Difference)
Casey Stoner: 1st - DNF (NA)
Valentino Rossi: 2nd - 1st (+1)
Andrea Dovizioso: 3rd - 3rd (0)
Ben Spies: 4th - 5th (-1)
Nicky Hayden: 5th - 4th (+1)
Loris Capirossi: 6th - 9th (-3)
Jorge Lorenzo: 7th - 2nd (+5)
Randy de Puniet: 8th - 6th (+2)
Colin Edwards: 9th - 8th (+1)
Mika Kallio: 10th - DNF (NA)
Aleix Espargaro: 11th - DNF (NA)
Alvaro Bautista: 12th - DNF (NA)
Dani Pedrosa: 13th - 7th (+6)
Marco Melandri: 14th - 13th (+1)
Hector Barbera: 15th - 12th (+3)
Hiroshi Aoyama: 16th - 10th (+6)
Marco Simoncelli: 17th - 11th (+6)

The 2011 Qatar test concluded on Monday (overall results shown below) and, unlike last year, there is only a few days before the race weekend.

We'll know the race results on Sunday...

1. Casey Stoner
2. Dani Pedrosa
3. Ben Spies
4. Marco Simoncelli
5. Andrea Dovizioso
6. Hiroshi Aoyama
7. Randy de Puniet
8. Jorge Lorenzo
9. Colin Edwards
10. Nicky Hayden
11. Hector Barbera
12. Alvaro Bautista
13. Valentino Rossi
14. Loris Capirossi
15. Karel Abraham
16. Cal Crutchlow
17. Toni Elias

Related Pictures

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Start, Qatar MotoGP 2010
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Pol Espargaro, German MotoGP race 2017
Crutchlow, German MotoGP race 2017
Kallio, German MotoGP race 2017
Pedrosa, German MotoGP race 2017
Pol Espargaro, Kallio, Zarco German MotoGP race 2017
Pol Espargaro, Kallio, Zarco German MotoGP race 2017
Kallio, Zarco German MotoGP race 2017
Pol Espargaro, Iannone German MotoGP race 2017
Dovizioso, Lorenzo, Aleix Espargaro German MotoGP race 2017
Rabat, Abraham German MotoGP race 2017
Marquez, Pedrosa, Folger German MotoGP race 2017
Kallio, Iannone German MotoGP race 2017
Miller, Bautista German MotoGP race 2017
Marquez, Pedrosa German MotoGP race 2017
Kallio, German MotoGP race 2017
Pol Espargaro, German MotoGP race 2017

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March 16, 2011 4:28 PM

Just goes to show you that it doesnt matter what bike Stoners on HE goes really fast at Qatar, and everyone was saying the Ducs are well suited to this track. Im a MotoGP fan not a single rider fanboy but I think its time Casey gets some credit for how good he really is

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March 16, 2011 6:10 PM

Again with the gifting... if you can't stay on the bike then you made a mistake or you didn't setup the bike right... like last year when everyone said Spies was gifted positions everytime someone crashed.... GET OVER IT!! Its part of racing... I might as well claim to be the faster rider ever... better than stoner or rossi but I crash eveytime so they always win they must be lucky.. pathetic, why did hayden win a championship... because he was consistant... you gotta finish the damn race nothing is gifted its earned

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