2010 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 2

March 19, 2010
JC Hilderbrand
Melody DeKorte
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During the final day of the Qatar MotoGP 2010 pre-season testing, Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner finally broke Valentino Rossi’s iron grip on the top of the timesheets. Stoner posted a
Casey Stoner was back on top of the timesheets during Day 2 of the Qatar pre-season test.
Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner looks ready for the season to begin after posting the fastest lap around the Losail circuit on the second night of pre-season testing.

best lap of 1’53.353 to snatch the best time from The Doctor, who had been hoarding the number one time slot in every test until tonight’s session in Qatar.

Stoner’s quickest time was within a tenth of a second of his 2009 pole position time at the Losail circuit. After setting the pace, the Aussie crashed on Turn 2 in the same spot that would also take down teammate Nicky Hayden and the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo of Colin Edwards and Ben Spies.

Following Stoner on the timesheets was Rossi, who spent most of the session trying out a new set of Bridgestone tires on his M1.

“This has been another good day. We’ve concentrated mostly on the race preparation and it feels like we’re now ready for the first race. We did a long run at the end of the session and we got some good information, which will help us in the race,” said The Doctor after completing 57 laps.

Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso is no doubt feeling better today. The Italian moved up the timesheets from sixth yesterday to third today and dropped almost a second off of his previous best. Spies concluded the Day 2 test in 10th, but took the fourth-fastest overall time slot with his 1:55.954 from the previous day. Spies’ teammate, Edwards, concluded the six-hour test in ninth, missing out on a top-five spot by about half-a-second.

“I didn’t have a great night really but that can happen. Everything that could go wrong went wrong tonight. But I’ve have had a great winter and this was the first session where it didn’t go the way we wanted it to. I’d had some small issues early on and went into Turn Two again and just lost the front,” Spies said.

Hayden ended the test in the top-five with a 1:56.115 lap during Day 2. The American was followed on the timesheets by Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi in sixth. Showing no sign of pain, Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo continued to improve over his pace from yesterday. After the testing, the Mallorcan admitted today’s test was rather difficult, saying “Today my hand felt okay, maybe a bit worse than

Valentino Rossi is testing the limits of his Fiat Yamaha M1.
On Day 2, Valentino Rossi tried out a new set of tires on his Fiat Yamaha M1.

yesterday. It’s hard for me in the braking areas and I can’t push any harder than I have been today at the moment, but I hope it will have improved a lot by the time of the first race.”

Matching the pace of Lorenzo was LCR Honda’s Randy De Puniet in eighth, while Mika Kallio was the quicker of the Pramac Racing Team in 10th. The Finnish rider set a pace that was .026-seconds faster than his teammate, Aleix Espargaro.

Other notable results include Dani Pedrosa, who paced his Repsol Honda 1.5-seconds behind the leaders and ended 13th-fastest. The San Carlo Honda Gresini “Marco” Team of Melandri and Simoncelli both experienced crashes on Day 2 and concluded testing in 14th and 17th, respectively.

The MotoGP riders will return to Qatar for the start of the 2010 season on April 11th so be sure to sign up for MotoUSA’s Fantasy Racing soon because time is running out.

Qatar MotoGP Test Day 2 Results:
1. Casey Stoner (Ducati) 1:55.353
2. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1:55.860
3. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) 1:55.879
4. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 1:56.115
5. Loris Capirossi (Suzuki) 1:56.195
6. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1:56.504
7. Randy De Puniet (Honda) 1:56.504
8. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 1:56.722
9. Mika Kallio (Ducati) 1:56.767
10. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 1:56.779
11. Aleix Espargaro (Ducati) 1:56.897
12. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) 1:56.898
13. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1:56.935
14. Marco Melandri (Honda) 1:57.222
15. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 1:57.223
16. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 1:57.251
17. Marco Simoncelli (Honda) 1:57.379

Sporting a carbon fiber cast  Jorge Lorenzo pushed him Fiat Yamaha to seventh-overall in Qatar.
Despite residual pain in his hand, Jorge Lorenzo improved over his Day 1 time.

Qatar MotoGP Test Combined Results:
1. Casey Stoner (Ducati) 1:55.353
2. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1:55.402
3. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) 1:55.879 
4. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 1:55.954
5. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 1:56.115 
6. Loris Capirossi (Suzuki) 1:56.195
7. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1:56.504
8. Randy De Puniet (Honda) 1:56.504
9. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 1:56.540
10. Mika Kallio (Ducati) 1:56.767
11. Aleix Espargaro (Ducati) 1:56.897
12. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) 1:56.898
13. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1:56.935
14. Marco Melandri (Honda) 1:57.222
15. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 1:57.223
16. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 1:57.251
17. Marco Simoncelli (Honda) 1:57.379

Rider Quotes:
Valentino Rossi – Fiat Yamaha:

“Now that testing is over I am very excited about the season. We’ve been strong throughout the six days of practice and it feels good to have been fast here also, where we have struggled in the past. We have only tested at two tracks so we need to wait for another different one to fully understand the new bike, but we’re in good shape. My M1 feels great and I’m looking forward to racing!”

Ben Spies – Monster Yamaha Tech 3:
“I didn’t have a great night really but that can happen. Everything that could go wrong went wrong tonight. But I’ve have had a great winter and this was the first session where it didn’t go the way we wanted it to. I’d had some

Ducati Marlboros Nicky Hayden was fifth-fastest overall in Qatar.
Nicky Hayden also suffered a small crash on Turn 2, but still managed a top-five time on Day 2.

small issues early on and went into Turn 2 again and just lost the front. I wasn’t really sure what happened but then four people crashed in the next 30 minutes so it must have got really humid really quick because something wasn’t right with that many people going down in the same place. I did a few more laps to clear my head and got down to some decent times and I’m happy I did that. But it was still a successful test and I leave confident that I’ll be competitive for the race next month. I want to thank my guys at Monster Yamaha Tech 3 for all their effort in the winter. We’ve done a good job and I feel we’re in a position to have a competitive start to the season.”

Jorge Lorenzo – Fiat Yamaha:
“Our bike is great, Yamaha have done a fantastic job and you can see this from the strong performance of all the Yamaha riders. We’ve done a lot of work and tried many things, so I hope that these will help us when we come back here in three weeks. I will keep working to strengthen my hand and I hope to be in much better condition by then.”

Colin Edwards – Monster Yamaha Tech 3:
“It wasn’t the ending to testing I was looking for but it wasn’t too bad. I just didn’t really have a great feeling with the bike tonight and we need to have a think about things before we come back for the race next month. We’ve got some work to do because I just didn’t feel as comfortable on the bike as I did last year, mainly with the front-end. And I know I go good at this track because I had a good race last year and finished fourth. I’m not sure what happened with the crash but I did exactly the same as Ben. I was on the soft front tire that I’d not really run that much on the first night. But I was on my sixth lap on the tire, so it should have been ready to push. But I was down before I knew it and it is a fast crash, even if you’re only in second gear. I’m just glad I didn’t get hurt so close to the first race because that was a fast crash. I’m really excited about going racing now. It seems like a long time since Valencia and I’m sure we can have another great year with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team.”

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