MotoGP »

Stoner sets warm-up pace in Qatar

Casey Stoner fastest during warm-up for the Qatar MotoGP, the opening round of the 2012 season.
Casey Stoner and Honda climbed back to the top of the timesheets during warm-up for the season-opening Qatar night race.

Second on the grid Stoner, winner at Qatar for four of the last five years, will have been trying last-minute chatter solutions ahead of the race after going 'full circle' with the vibration issue during practice and qualifying.

The Australian held the top spot for the majority of the 20-minute session, which he finished 0.076sec in front of Repsol team-mate Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa will start seventh after also suffering a problematic qualifying.

Pole sitter Jorge Lorenzo led the Yamaha challenge with third place, 0.327sec from Stoner, with Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mates Andrea Dovizioso and front row qualifier Cal Crutchlow following the Spaniard on the timesheets.

Fifth in the grid Nicky Hayden was again the top Ducati, in sixth (+0.776sec), but with Pramac's Hector Barbera just 0.008sec slower.

Rookie Stefan Bradl was eighth for LCR Honda, having been forced to take evasive action to avoid a sliding Alvaro Bautista mid-way through the session. New Gresini rider Bautista, lacking front-end confidence after qualifying, made a mess of his RC213V in the sudden lowside fall.

Ducati's Valentino Rossi, twelfth and worst of the manufacturer bikes in qualifying, was ninth and 1.1sec from Stoner this evening, with Lorenzo's team-mate Ben Spies - who has fallen twice this weekend - just tenth.

Fellow Texan Colin Edwards retained his position as the top CRT rider heading into the first race for the new privateer class. The Forward Racing star lapped 2.4sec from Stoner and 0.4sec from Aspar rival Randy de Puniet for 13th place.

Warm-up:

1. Casey Stoner
2. Dani Pedrosa
3. Jorge Lorenzo
4. Andrea Dovizioso
5. Cal Crutchlow
6. Nicky Hayden
7. Hector Barbera
8. Stefan Bradl
9. Valentino Rossi
10. Ben Spies
11. Karel Abraham
12. Alvaro Bautista
13. Colin Edwards
14. Randy De Puniet
15. Michele Pirro
16. Yonny Hernandez
17. Aleix Espargaro
18. Mattia Pasini
19. Ivan Silva
20. James Ellison
21. Danilo Petrucci



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Stoner, Qatar MotoGP 2012
Danilo, Malaysian Moto3 2014
Migno, Malaysian Moto3 2014
Alex Marquez, Malaysian Moto3 2014
Navarro, Malaysian Moto3 2014
Rins, Malaysian Moto3 2014
Miller, Malaysian Moto3 2014
Gardner, Malaysian Moto3 2014
Bastianini, Malaysian Moto3 2014
Migno, Malaysian Moto3 2014
Fenati, Malaysian Moto3 2014
Khairuddin, Malaysian Moto3 2014
Azmi, Malaysian Moto3 2014
Kent, Malaysian Moto3 2014
Navarro, Malaysian Moto3 2014
Guevara, Malaysian Moto3 2014
Danilo, Malaysian Moto3 2014
Navarro, Malaysian Moto3 2014

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Friend of James - Unregistered

April 08, 2012 6:16 PM

Dear Mason. Don't start stirring We went into the Garage today at Brands and Paul Bird was just joking. Ellison has been improving his times each time he went out and dont forget he has not had any testing on the bike so this week end his team are still testing in a race. Every aspect of the bike is new to him and he has not had the benefit of testing as have all other CRT riders who have done thousands of miles so . considering he is in the 2.00 after a few laps he is doing o.k.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.