MotoGP Qatar Test Results: Stoner on Top as Spies Finishes Qatar 4th Fastest Overall

03/19/2010 @ 5:17 pm, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

MotoGP testing has concluded at the Losail International Circuit just outside of Doha, Qatar, and sees Casey Stoner making a late push to take the top spot at what has become one of his top tracks in the past years. There was some doubt with Stoner though, as Rossi lead almost all of Thursday’s sessions, and was biting on Stoner’s heels today. Surprise appearances from the test come in the form of Ben Spies, Andrea Dovizioso, and Randy de Puniet. Spies finished Thursday third quickest, and was the fourth quickest rider overall. Dovi took the honors as the fastest Honda, but was challenged by de Puniet on Thursday for that spot. Thursday the French rider was 5th quickest, and managed to keep his shirt on despite the hot weather in Doha.

Friday saw Nicky Hayden make progress with the Ducati Desmosedici, while Colin Edwards slipped down the overall grid Friday, despite his strong numbers Thursday and consistent runs during both test days. Lorenzo and Pedrosa were both present for the track test, but not in spirit. Both riders were suffering from injuries, and it showed in their performance under the hot desert lights. Check past the jump for a full timing sheet.

Pos Rider Team Session 1 Session 2 Diff
1 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team 1:55.717 1:55.353
2 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team 1:55.402 1:55.860 +0.049
3 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Team 1:56.811 1:55.879 +0.526
4 Ben Spies Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:55.954 1:56.779 +0.601
5 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Team 1:56.855 1:56.115 +0.762
6 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1:57.099 1:56.195 +0.842
7 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Team 1:56.838 1:56.504 +1.151
8 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda MotoGP 1:56.588 1:56.504 +1.151
9 Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:56.540 1:56.722 +1.187
10 Mika Kallio Pramac Racing Team 1:56.923 1:56.767 +1.414
11 Aleix Espargaro Pramac Racing Team 1:57.898 1:56.897 +1.544
12 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1:57.960 1:56.898 +1.545
13 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 1:57.047 1:56.935 +1.582
14 Marco Melandri San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:57.605 1:57.222 +1.869
15 Hector Barbera Aspar Team 1:57.822 1:57.223 +1.870
16 Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten-Honda MotoGP 1:57.888 1:57.251 +1.898
17 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:57.891 1:57.379 +2.026

Source: MotoGP

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  • I don’t think Pedrosa is injured. In fact, this is one of the rare seasons where he’s started uninjured.

  • I think Stoner is going to be stong this year, Rossi’s biggest threat.

    With no Brit involved this year i’ll be rooting for Ben Spies, love his riding style.