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Jorge Lorenzo fastest in Qatar Friday practice

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Saturday 7th April, 2012 - 7:46am

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Jorge Lorenzo quickest on Friday in Qatar

The battle between Honda and Yamaha, and in particular Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo, has stepped-up during practice for the Commercialbank Qatar Grand Prix with the Spaniard topping Friday practice.

Lorenzo ended Stoner’s run at the top of the time sheets at Losail circuit, although it took a switch to softer race rubber to jump the Australian. The Honda rider also spoke of heavy traffic at the end of a hectic final session.

The reigning champion was fastest in the first two sessions and appeared on-track to do the same in the final session when a flurry of late fast times pushed him back to third.

Lorenzo put in a 1:55.536 on his Yamaha to demote Stoner’s early 1:55.674. The Spaniard was then topped by Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow, but on his next lap Lorenzo regained the top spot by 0.154 seconds.

“Today has been pretty good for us in general, we had some issues in the first two sessions but we’ve fixed them slightly in last one which is definitely positive,” said Stoner.

“We’ve been able to turn down the electronics a lot more and now I have more feeling and connection with the rear tyre which gave me a lot more confidence.

“This allowed me to do some good lap times with some pretty old tyres. A few people got in our way throughout the session so we were unable to show what we were really capable of, but we know how we feel and we’re confident for qualifying tomorrow.”

A tough evening for the second works Yamaha rider Ben Spies, who crashed early and was only 11th in the times, having completely few laps even after rejoining.

Dani Pedrosa was 0.812s off the pace in fifth on the second factory Honda.

Pramac’s Hector Barbera was again quickest Ducati, beating works riders Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi to sixth.

COMMERCIALBANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR : Combined Friday Practice

Pos.

Num.

Rider

Nation

Team

Bike

Time

1 99 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:55.302
2 35 Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +0.154
3 1 Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.372
4 4 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +0.603
5 26 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.812
6 8 Hector Barbera SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati +0.861
7 69 Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team Ducati +1.100
8 46 Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1.233
9 6 Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +1.449
10 19 Alvaro Bautista SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda +1.469
11 11 Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1.728
12 17 Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati +1.921
13 14 Randy de Puniet FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART +2.959
14 5 Colin Edwards USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter +3.008
15 51 Michele Pirro ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR +3.498
16 68 Yonny Hernandez COL Avintia Blusens BQR-FTR +3.785
17 41 Aleix Espargaro SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART +3.867
18 9 Danilo Petrucci ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda +4.215
19 22 Ivan Silva SPA Avintia Blusens BQR-FTR +4.733
18 54 Mattia Pasini ITA Speed Master ART +4.924
21 77 James Ellison GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART +5.261

 

 

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