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Stoner on Top Day 3 of MotoGP Qatar Test

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Casey Stoner - Qatar Test
Stoner was the fastest for the second day in a row despite a fall.
Day 3 of MotoGP testing in Qatar ended with Casey Stoner leading the pack. Weather conditions proved to be very unusual for what riders are used to in Losail, Qatar. The last day of testing was no exception with low temperatures catching Loris Capirossi, Niccolo Canepa, and Casey Stoner off guard, but none were injured. Dani Pedrosa was absent due to his fall yesterday in which he hurt his left wrist and left knee. After some scans were performed it was revealed that he fractured his left radius bone. He will be undergoing an operation to secure the break.

Riders are looking forward to their final test in Jerez, Spain on March 29th before returning to The Losail Circuit on April 12th for the season opener.

Qatar Test - Day 2 - Lap Times: 

Nicky Hayden - Qatar Test
Nicky Hayden finished in the top five after some positive testing.

Valentino Rossi - Qatar Test
Rossi was slightly slower then team-mate Lorenzo but still held the thrid fastest time.

Pramac Racing
Mika Kallio - Qatar Test
Kallio posted some good times but didn't break in to the top 10.

Fabiano Sterlacchini – Pramac Racing Technical Director

“We are satisfied of the work done in these three days. Today we were well set up, but close to the end of the session when the track was getting colder, Mika preferred to end his session in advance. He has cleverly avoided repeating what happened yesterday and we totally agreed with him. From yesterday we improved by almost two seconds and this give us a lot of hopes for when we will come back here for the race in the middle of April.”

Mika Kallio – Pramac Racing Rider

“Today it went a bit better compared to yesterday even if the feeling with the front part of the bike wasn’t the best. I couldn’t find the right confidence to push even more. I am convinced that when we will come back here for the first race of the season we will do much better. The track conditions should be much warmer and this should facilitate our work.”

Niccolò Canepa – Pramac Racing Rider

“Like yesterday we have chosen to don’t step on the track in the last couple of hours because it was getting too cold. Some of the riders made it to improve their best lap times in the latest minutes overtaking us in the classification. But this doesn’t matter today. I am satisfied by the work done even if today I made a small mistake and I slipped. Luckily nothing serious happened. We will now go back home trustful and with high morale, surely much happier than at the end of the Sepang Test.”
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