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.

PosRiderTeamSession 1Session 2Diff
1Casey StonerDucati Marlboro Team1:55.7171:55.353
2Valentino RossiFiat Yamaha Team1:55.4021:55.860+0.049
3Andrea DoviziosoRepsol Honda Team1:56.8111:55.879+0.526
4Ben SpiesMonster Yamaha Tech 31:55.9541:56.779+0.601
5Nicky HaydenDucati Marlboro Team1:56.8551:56.115+0.762
6Loris CapirossiRizla Suzuki MotoGP1:57.0991:56.195+0.842
7Jorge LorenzoFiat Yamaha Team1:56.8381:56.504+1.151
8Randy De PunietLCR Honda MotoGP1:56.5881:56.504+1.151
9Colin EdwardsMonster Yamaha Tech 31:56.5401:56.722+1.187
10Mika KallioPramac Racing Team1:56.9231:56.767+1.414
11Aleix EspargaroPramac Racing Team1:57.8981:56.897+1.544
12Alvaro BautistaRizla Suzuki MotoGP1:57.9601:56.898+1.545
13Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda Team1:57.0471:56.935+1.582
14Marco MelandriSan Carlo Honda Gresini1:57.6051:57.222+1.869
15Hector BarberaAspar Team1:57.8221:57.223+1.870
16Hiroshi AoyamaInterwetten-Honda MotoGP1:57.8881:57.251+1.898
17Marco SimoncelliSan Carlo Honda Gresini1:57.8911:57.379+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.