Casey Stoner tops final MotoGP pre-season test

Casey Stoner at Jerez

Casey Stoner at Jerez

Australian MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner has topped the final day of MotoGP testing at Jerez in Spain.

The factory Honda rider clocked a 1m38.780s, edging out Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo.

In the final test before the opening round of the world championship at Qatar in two weeks, Stoner’s solid performance has cemented him as the red-hot favourite for this year’s title.

The two-time world champ said he was happy with his bike’s performance, but says there’s still more speed to come.

“Today we were really pleased with the lap times we’re running but I think we can still improve the bike quite a bit before the race here,” he said.

“We feel like we’ve made some progress on a track like this for us. Towards the end of the day we had some chattering but we have an idea what caused this and it’s not the same as in Sepang.

“We did a lot of laps and a longer run to get a little more understanding of fuel consumption and things like this and in general we’re satisfied with how the whole test has gone for us. Now we can go racing which is what we really enjoy.”

Dani Pedrosa was third fastest on the second RC213V Honda while Ben Spies concentrated on the set-up of his Yamaha, going fourth fastest. Cal Crutchlow was fifth, ahead of the first of the Ducatis in Valentino Rossi.

The Aspar team led the CRT pack, with Randy de Puniet in 13th place, just under 2s off the front-running pace.

The opening round of the MotoGP title will be held at Qatar on April 5.

See below for times from the final test session at Sepang

Pos Rider Bike Team Time/Gap
1 Casey Stoner Honda Repsol Honda Team 1:38.780
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing +0.173
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda Repsol Honda Team +0.377
4 Ben Spies Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing +0.715
5 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +0.805
6 Valentino Rossi Ducati Ducati Team +0.953
7 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +1.080
8 Nicky Hayden Ducati Ducati Team +1.139
9 Alvaro Bautista Honda San Carlo Honda Gresini +1.237
10 Stefan Bradl Honda LCR Honda +1.318
11 Hector Barbera Ducati Pramac Racing Team +1.507
12 Karel Abraham Ducati Cardion AB Motoracing +1.799
13 Randy de Puniet (CRT) ART Aprilia Power Electronics Aspar +1.821
14 Aleix Espargaro (CRT) ART Aprilia Power Electronics Aspar +2.865
15 Danilo Petrucci (CRT) Ioda Aprilia Came Ioda Racing Project +3.146
16 Franco Battaini Ducati Ducati Team +3.277
17 Colin Edwards (CRT) Suter BMW NGM Mobile Forward Racing +3.293
18 Mattia Pasini (CRT) ART Aprilia Speed Master +3.404
19 Michele Pirro (CRT) FTR Honda San Carlo Honda Gresini +3.432
20 James Ellison (CRT) ART Aprilia Paul Bird Motorsports +3.657
21 Ivan Silva (CRT) FTR Kawasaki Avintia Racing MotoGP +3.666
22 Yonny Hernandez (CRT) FTR Kawasaki Avintia Racing MotoGP +4.126


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