MotoGP: Qatar Test Day One Results

03/13/2011 @ 2:25 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on MotoGP: Qatar Test Day One Results

MotoGP was under the lights of the Losail International Circuit out here in Qatar on Sunday night. With the weather staying warm, but the humidity coming on in the latter stages of the night, it was the Hondas once again who were setting the pace for MotoGP’s pre-season testing sessions. With four Hondas within half a second of each other, it seemed only the Yamahas were capable of getting in-between the RC212Vs of Pedrosa, Stoner, Aoyama, and Dovizioso (Simoncelli would finish farther down the time sheet as 11th fastest).

Leading the tuning fork charge was Ben Spies, who bested his current teammate Jorge Lorenzo by just over a tenth of second. Spies also would lead former teammate Colin Edwards by just under two tenths of a second, as the three Yamahas rounded out what would be the second row if this was race qualifying. Meanwhile the Ducatis all landed in the slower half of the field, clearly struggling with the desert track.

Pos. Rider Team Fastest lap Prev. Gap Lead. Gap Laps
1 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 1:56.271 41
2 Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Team 1:56.414 +0.143 +0.143 32
3 Hiroshi Aoyama San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:56.444 +0.030 +0.173 59
4 Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing 1:56.563 +0.119 +0.292 38
5 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 1:56.682 +0.119 +0.411 60
6 Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:56.742 +0.060 +0.471 42
7 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Team 1:56.780 +0.038 +0.509 56
8 Valentino Rossi Ducati Marlboro Team 1:57.038 +0.258 +0.767 57
9 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Team 1:57.137 +0.099 +0.866 57
10 Randy De Puniet Pramac Racing Team 1:57.143 +0.006 +0.872 39
11 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:57.226 +0.083 +0.955 57
12 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1:57.302 +0.076 +1.031 61
13 Hector Barbera Mapfre Aspar Team 1:57.325 +0.023 +1.054 69
14 Loris Capirossi Pramac Racing Team 1:57.437 +0.112 +1.166 56
15 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 1:57.499 +0.062 +1.228 49
16 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:57.737 +0.238 +1.466 51
17 Toni Elias LCR Honda MotoGP 1:58.250 +0.513 +1.979 65

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