Casey Stoner fastest on first day in Portugal

Casey Stoner tops the Friday times in Portugal

Casey Stoner has come off last week’s MotoGP victory in Spain still on the pace setting the fastest time in Friday practice for the Grand Prix of Portugal at Estoril.

The Australian Repsol Honda rider topped the time sheets with a 1:38.396 on a drying track to head American Ben Spies on a Yamaha with Cal Crutchlow (UK) in third on the Tech3 Yamaha.

“We did a few laps this morning to try and understand the bike, to make sure everything was working and like Jerez we wanted to see where the wet patches were on the track,” said Stoner.

“Then this afternoon, unfortunately there were still areas of the track that hadn’t dried out but we managed to get some good dry time, the bike seems to be working OK at this point and we have a fairly good idea of what we need to do tomorrow”

Dani Pedrosa finished in fourth position after a tight battle between the Honda and Yamaha.

 

FRIDAY PRACTICE : Grande Premio De Portugal – Circuito Estoril

Pos.

Rider

Nation

Team

Bike

Time

1 Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:38.396
2 Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0.321
3 Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +0.346
4 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.401
5 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0.534
6 Alvaro Bautista SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda +0.563
7 Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team Ducati +0.633
8 Hector Barbera SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati +0.797
9 Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.961
10 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +1.219
11 Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati +1.811
12 Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +2.502
13 Randy de Puniet FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART +2.692
14 Aleix Espargaro SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART +3.238
15 Yonny Hernandez COL Avintia Blusens BQR +3.242
16 Mattia Pasini ITA Speed Master ART +3.577
17 Michele Pirro ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR +3.856
18 Colin Edwards USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter +4.191
19 Ivan Silva SPA Avintia Blusens BQR +4.408
20 Danilo Petrucci ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda +4.588
21 James Ellison GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART +5.269

 

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