MotoGP: Qatar Test Day Two Results

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MotoGP’s last pre-season test concluded today in Qatar, as riders finished their second day of lapping around the Losail International Circuit. Conditions were colder than yesterday, and the wind made its presence known earlier in the day than before. At the start of the session, riders seemed reluctant to take to the track, but it wasn’t long before testing was underway in earnest.

Once again the Hondas proved to be very fast, accounting for three out of the Top 5 fastest riders for the day. Unlike Sunday, the Yamaha camp was divided in progress, as Ben Spies was very comfortable with the day’s results, while Jorge Lorenzo, in the best of light, was frustrated with being unable to keep pace with Stoner and Pedrosa (and his teammate). The Ducatis continued to struggle in the windy conditions, again showing issues with turn-in. Sixth quickest, Randy de Puniet topped the time sheet for the Italian manufacturer, followed by Nicky Hayden (9th), Hector Barbera (11th), and then Valentino Rossi (13th). MotoGP’s testing at Qatar saw just about every Ducati end up in the gravel trap, with the majority doing so at Turn 2, a problem spot on the track in the past.

MotoGP riders will get Tuesday off from riding, and then go into a four-day program for this race weekend, taking to the track once again Thursday night. Stay tuned to Asphalt & Rubber, as we’ll will be here in Qatar for the rest of the week covering the first race of the 2011 MotoGP season.

Pos. Rider Team Fastest lap Prev. Gap Lead. Gap Laps
1 Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Team 1:55.681 46
2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 1:55.745 +0.064 +0.064 39
3 Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing 1:56.294 +0.549 +0.613 45
4 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:56.433 +0.139 +0.752 70
5 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Team 1:56.439 +0.006 +0.758 58
6 Randy De Puniet Pramac Racing Team 1:56.445 +0.006 +0.764 67
7 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 1:56.707 +0.262 +1.026 48
8 Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:56.716 +0.009 +1.035 57
9 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Team 1:56.726 +0.010 +1.045 68
10 Hiroshi Aoyama San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:56.740 +0.014 +1.059 73
11 Hector Barbera Mapfre Aspar Team 1:56.798 +0.058 +1.117 62
12 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1:56.931 +0.133 +1.250 63
13 Valentino Rossi Ducati Marlboro Team 1:56.988 +0.057 +1.307 50
14 Loris Capirossi Pramac Racing Team 1:57.345 +0.357 +1.664 62
15 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:57.730 +0.385 +2.049 28
16 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 1:57.846 +0.116 +2.165 49
17 Toni Elias LCR Honda MotoGP 1:58.536 +0.690 +2.855 57

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