MotoGP: Stoner Scorches the Desert at Qatar Qualifying

03/19/2011 @ 12:00 pm, by Jensen Beeler4 COMMENTS

Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa put on a show for us tonight during the first Qualifying Practice of the 2011 MotoGP season being held at the Losail International Circuit. Cheers and groans could be heard in the media center as reporters from Spain, Italy, and other countries watched the session unfold…we’ll let you guess as to how each of those groups specifically reacted to the result. Throughout the MotoGP testing sessions and practices leading up to the Qatar GP, the Repsol Hondas, especially those of Stoner and Pedrosa, have been on an entirely different quantification of reality from the rest of the paddock.

For instance, fellow front row starter and 2010 MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was eight tenths of second back from Stoner’s time. Disappointingly for Valentino Rossi fans, the Italian will grid tomorrow in the 9th spot, a full second and half back from Stoner. Teammate Nicky Hayden fared the worst out of the factory riders, 13th on the grid for Sunday’s race and a 1.75 seconds from the pole time. Rizla Suzuki did not field a bike for qualifying because of Alvaro Bautista’s injury, and will not participate in tomorrow night’s race.

Qualifying Results from the Qatar GP at the Losail International Circuit:

127Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda Team1’54.137
226Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda Team1’54.3420.205
31Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory Racing1’54.9470.810
458Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda Gresini1’54.9880.851
511Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory Racing1’55.0950.958
68Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGP1’55.2231.086
74Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda Team1’55.2291.092
835Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 31’55.5781.441
946Valentino ROSSIITADucati Team1’55.6371.500
105Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 31’55.6471.510
1114Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing Team1’55.6561.519
127Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda Gresini1’55.7241.587
1369Nicky HAYDENUSADucati Team1’55.8811.744
1465Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing Team1’56.3232.186
1517Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB Motoracing1’56.6652.528
1624Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGP1’57.9923.855
DNQ19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGP

Photos: © 2011 Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

  • PD

    Looking at times by lap, Barbera’s :55 lap seems to have come out of nowhere. Did he pull that one out himself, or did he get another tow?

  • Didn’t see the lap, but likely got a tow. When I’ve been out on the track, you just see Hector lapping at half pace, waiting for a rider to show up. I’m not sure how many fast laps he’s even set on his own.

  • Cameron

    Your coverage at Qatar has been great. I really hope it works out so that you get to continue race coverage like this throughout the season.

  • MikeD

    Is there something this Stoner guy can’t ride balls to the wall ?