Casey Stoner the one to catch in Qatar

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Saturday 19th March, 2011 - 5:54am

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Casey Stoner has been hot in Qatar

Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner has set the fastest time in the final MotoGP practice session for the Commericalbank Grand Prix of Qatar.

The Australian again dominated practice at the Losail International Circuit with a best time for the entire meeting so far of 1:55:035.

It was a Repsol Honda one- two-three, with Dani Pedrosa (Spain) second and Italian Andrea Dovizioso third. The Spaniard was only 0.158 off Stoner’s quickest lap, whilst Dovizioso was a further 0.705 behind.

There was a marked improvement for the current World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) as he got the edge over his team-mate Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) for the first time this weekend. He claimed the fourth quickest time and was very close to the lap time set by third placed Honda,

The top Ducati rider was Héctor Barberá (Mapfre Aspar Team) who again produced a very strong performance in practice, finishing sixth. Ducati Team rider Valentino Rossi was eighth quickest whilst his team-mate Nicky Hayden was down in 14th.

Final Free Practice

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap
1 27 Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 320.4 1:55.457
2 26 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 321.8 1:55.854 0.397
3 11 Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 316.3 1:56.116 0.659
4 4 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 323.3 1:56.172 0.715
5 1 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 317.8 1:56.220 0.763
6 5 Colin Edwards USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 316.4 1:56.259 0.802
7 58 Marco Simoncelli ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 318.7 1:56.378 0.921
8 35 Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 319.2 1:56.518 1.061
9 46 Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Team Ducati 320.1 1:56.532 1.075
10 69 Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team Ducati 320.0 1:56.626 1.169
11 14 Randy de Puniet FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 316.3 1:56.668 1.211
12 8 Hector Barbera SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 327.7 1:56.735 1.278
13 7 Hiroshi Aoyama JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 319.7 1:56.790 1.333
14 19 Alvaro Bautista SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 316.3 1:56.833 1.376
15 65 Lois Capirossi ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 317.6 1:57.304 1.847
16 17 Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 322.5 1:57.683 2.226
17 24 Toni Elias SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 316.5 1:58.801 3.344

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