Day Two: Who Really Was the Fastest Around Losail?

03/15/2011 @ 7:41 am, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS

Continuing our thought on who really was fastest at the Qatar test, the idea of comparing best lap times again seems more than moderately preposterous, considering last night’s sessions were for testing purposes. That’s not to say however that some basic understanding of how teams are shaping up before the season cannot be divined, and by looking at the individual lap times we can get at least an impression of whom is finding some consistency on the desert track.

Again starting with MotoGP’s listing with the riders ranked by their best lap time from Day Two of testing in Qatar, we see a strong showing by the Hondas, with a Yamaha and a Ducati sprinkled in there for good measure. The Hondas are certainly there as far as speed goes, and Randy de Puniet’s style seems to be meshing well with the Ducati Desmosedici GP11, while the Yamaha effort has seemingly been lead by sophomore Ben Spies, and not reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Pos.RiderTeamFastest lapPrev. GapLead. GapLaps
1Casey StonerRepsol Honda Team1:55.68146
2Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda Team1:55.745+0.064+0.06439
3Ben SpiesYamaha Factory Racing1:56.294+0.549+0.61345
4Marco SimoncelliSan Carlo Honda Gresini1:56.433+0.139+0.75270
5Andrea DoviziosoRepsol Honda Team1:56.439+0.006+0.75858
6Randy De PunietPramac Racing Team1:56.445+0.006+0.76467
7Jorge LorenzoYamaha Factory Racing1:56.707+0.262+1.02648
8Colin EdwardsMonster Yamaha Tech 31:56.716+0.009+1.03557
9Nicky HaydenDucati Marlboro Team1:56.726+0.010+1.04568
10Hiroshi AoyamaSan Carlo Honda Gresini1:56.740+0.014+1.05973
11Hector BarberaMapfre Aspar Team1:56.798+0.058+1.11762
12Alvaro BautistaRizla Suzuki MotoGP1:56.931+0.133+1.25063
13Valentino RossiDucati Marlboro Team1:56.988+0.057+1.30750
14Loris CapirossiPramac Racing Team1:57.345+0.357+1.66462
15Cal CrutchlowMonster Yamaha Tech 31:57.730+0.385+2.04928
16Karel AbrahamCardion AB Motoracing1:57.846+0.116+2.16549
17Toni EliasLCR Honda MotoGP1:58.536+0.690+2.85557

However if we reshuffle the rankings, using an ordering system that takes into account the number of laps done at a certain pace (some tweaking was done to account for the number of laps ridden, and obvious last minute runs done purely for posting a good time), a new order emerges that suggests who is capable of sustaining the blistering speeds seen in the desert night. Day Two of testing at Qatar sees the order more or less stay the same at the top and bottom of the time sheet, while the middle sees a bit of a reorganization.

Perhaps most alarming is Valentino Rossi’s position behind teammate Nicky Hayden & satellite rider De Puniet. Meanwhile Lorenzo’s “awful” session doesn’t look nearly as bad, as the Spaniard spent most of the evening lapping around in the 1:57’s, and touching the 1:56’s almost as often as his teammate. Still not a good showing, but not as bad as he made it out to be in the press debriefs.

Most impressive were the Gresini Hondas, with Marco Simoncelli showing potential to keep up with the pace, assuming Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa don’t find themselves at the front of the pack, and able to check-out from the race completely. The newly crowned “factory” riders lapped the most around Losail, and showed not only improvement throughout the night, be eery repetition of lap times.

In other news Toni Elias actually went slower on his second day at Qatar, raising more than a few eyebrows, and bringing up questions as to why he raced in Moto2 last year.

Pos.RiderTeamBest Time1:57’s1:56’s1:55’sLaps
1Casey StonerRepsol Honda Team1’55.681416746
2Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda Team1’55.745711139
3Marco SimoncelliSan Carlo Honda Gresini1’56.433169070
4Ben SpiesYamaha Factory Racing1’56.29448045
5Jorge LorenzoYamaha Factory Racing1’56.707275048
6Andrea DoviziosoRepsol Honda Team1’56.439215058
7Nicky HaydenDucati Marlboro Team1’56.726186068
8Hiroshi AoyamaSan Carlo Honda Gresini1’56.740262073
9Randy De PunietPramac Racing Team1’56.445182067
10Alvaro BautistaRizla Suzuki MotoGP1’56.931171063
11Valentino RossiDucati Marlboro Team1’56.988141050
12Colin EdwardsMonster Yamaha Tech 31’56.71693057
13Hector BarberaMapfre Aspar Team1’56.79842062
14Loris CapirossiPramac Racing Team1’57.34530062
15Cal CrutchlowMonster Yamaha Tech 31’57.73020028
16Karel AbrahamCardion AB Motoracing1’57.84610049
17Toni EliasLCR Honda MotoGP1’58.53600057

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  • mxs

    I thought Elias raced Moto2 last year, because he could not get a MotoGP seat?

  • Johnson

    Day Two: Who Really Was the Fastest Around Losail?

    Answer: Casey Stoner!!!