Stoner Leads Free Practice 2, But The Field Catches Up

04/11/2009 @ 5:55 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on Stoner Leads Free Practice 2, But The Field Catches Up


Casey Stoner continues to be the man to beat in Qatar this weekend, but the rest of the MotoGP field is getting wise, and starting to encrouch on the Australian’s lap times in Free Practice 2.


Despite the fact that Stoner has improved his laptime by 0.7 seconds, Valentino Rossi has closed the gap significantly, and is now only a tenth of a second behind the Ducati. Stoner, Rossi, Caprirossi, and Lorenzo make up a quartet of riders who are in the :56’s going into the qualifying session. Other notable mentions are: Marco Melandri, who is the 5th fastest man on the grid with the Hayate motorcycle, which beat out all of the Hondas, a factory Suzuki and a factory Ducati to finish just 0.8 off of Stoner, and Colin Ewards who seems to stuck in quicksand, and unable to improve on yesterday’s times.

Unlike Edwards though, Dani Pedrosa seems to be finding riding a little easier today as he improved his times to become twelfth fastest in the practice, up from dead last yesterday. Meanwhile, Nicky Hayden’s struggle with the Ducati has gotten worse, finishing the day in the 15th position. His only consolation will be that he has two Ducati’s behind him, one being that of Sete Gibernau’s.


Results from Free Practice 2 at the Qatar MotoGP:

PosNo.RiderBikeTimeDiff.Diff. Previous
127Casey STONERDUCATI1’56.310  
246Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1’56.4060.0960.096
365Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI1’56.5980.2880.192
499Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1’56.6490.3390.051
533Marco MELANDRIKAWASAKI1’57.1350.8250.486
64Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1’57.2900.9800.155
77Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1’57.5761.2660.286
85Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1’57.7141.4040.138
914Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1’57.9711.6610.257
1052James TOSELANDYAMAHA1’58.1251.8150.154
1115Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1’58.1521.8420.027
123Dani PEDROSAHONDA1’58.3492.0390.197
1336Mika KALLIODUCATI1’58.3612.0510.012
1424Toni ELIASHONDA1’58.6182.3080.257
1569Nicky HAYDENDUCATI1’59.2262.9160.608
1672Yuki TAKAHASHIHONDA1’59.3403.0300.114
1788Niccolo CANEPADUCATI1’59.5643.2540.224
1859Sete GIBERNAUDUCATI2’00.2563.9460.692


Source: MotoGP Matters

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