Stoner set for qualifying after completing practice dominance

Casey Stoner has topped the times in final MotoGP practice (PIC: Ben O'Connor/Speedcafe.com)

Casey Stoner has topped the times in final MotoGP practice (PIC: Ben O’Connor/Speedcafe.com)

Casey Stoner will head into today’s MotoGP qualifying session as the red hot favourite to score pole position after dominating the third and final practice session at the Phillip Island circuit this morning.

Having topped both practice sessions yesterday, Stoner recorded the fastest time of the weekend so far in Practice 3, with his 1:29.67s effort proving over one second quicker than his nearest competitor.

A further second separated the next six riders consisting of Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, Cal Crutchlow, Andrea Dovizioso, Alvaro Bautista and Randy de Puniet.

Stefan Bradl was eighth, while the factory Ducati pair of Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden continued their Friday struggles in ninth and 12th respectively.

Hector Barbera fared even worse in 13th having walked away from a mid-session crash at MG Corner.

Dovizioso also took a minor tumble during the 45 minutes of running, while Bautista was lucky to escape a collision with a flock of seagulls.

Avintia Blusens’ Australian substitute rider Kris McLaren continued to bring up the rear of the field, although was able to shave a full two seconds from his Friday best to move within two seconds of his nearest rival.

Practice 3 was run in cool but dry conditions. Isolated showers are predicted to hit Phillip Island throughout the day.

Qualifying for the Air Asia Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is set to kick-off at 1455 this afternoon.

Free Practice 3, Phillip Island

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 334.1 1’29.665
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 332.4 1’30.684 1.019 / 1.019
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 334.4 1’30.981 1.316 / 0.297
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 335.0 1’31.197 1.532 / 0.216
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 332.9 1’31.438 1.773 / 0.241
6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 333.5 1’31.635 1.970 / 0.197
7 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 320.2 1’31.651 1.986 / 0.016
8 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 337.7 1’31.821 2.156 / 0.170
9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 335.3 1’32.058 2.393 / 0.237
10 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 338.0 1’32.081 2.416 / 0.023
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 318.9 1’32.141 2.476 / 0.060
12 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 332.2 1’32.366 2.701 / 0.225
13 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 330.8 1’33.185 3.520 / 0.819
14 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 310.2 1’33.586 3.921 / 0.401
15 84 Roberto ROLFO ITA Speed Master ART 313.5 1’33.911 4.246 / 0.325
16 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 316.6 1’34.108 4.443 / 0.197
17 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 313.2 1’34.183 4.518 / 0.075
18 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 316.9 1’34.303 4.638 / 0.120
19 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 313.6 1’34.407 4.742 / 0.104
43 Kris McLAREN AUS Avintia Blusens BQR 306.0 1’36.251 6.586 / 1.844

 

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