MotoGP: 2010 Qatar test results

Teams race under the lights in final pre-season test

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Mar. 19, 2010
Casey Stoner set the fastest time in the final pre-season MotoGP test in Doha, Qatar, March 18-19.

The Ducati Marlboro rider recorded a time of 1:55.353 on the second day of testing under the lights at the Losail International Circuit. Stonerís time was a hair under Valentino Rossiís best time, 1:55.402, set in the first night of testing. The two riders finished in reverse order on the first night of testing, showing why they are considered early favorites for the 2010 championship.

Not long after setting his fastest lap, Stoner crashed at Turn 2, the same area his teammate Nicky Hayden and the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team of Colin Edwards and Ben Spies each crashed during the session.

Ben Spies impressed on the first night of testing with the third fastest time but couldn't match the pace in the second session.

Spies was third fastest in the first session, just ahead of Edwards, but neither rider was able to improve on the second night, finishing tenth and eighth, respectively.

Jorge Lorenzo, who finished runner-up to his Fiat Yamaha teammate Rossi in the 2009 title hunt, was over a second off Stonerís pace despite a broken thumb.

Repsol Hondaís Andrea Dovizioso appeared to be over the fever that kept him out of the teamís official presentation earlier in the week, setting the third fastest lap on the second session and fifth the night before. Dovizioso was faster than his teammate Dani Pedrosa on both nights as Pedrosa only barely squeezed under the 1:57 mark in the second session. Pedrosa was slower than satellite LCR Honda rider Randy De Puniet on both nights.

Hayden shaved more than half a second off his fastest lap on the second night, setting the fourth fastest time in the second session.

The oldest rider on the grid, Loris Caprossi showed he's still got speed.

Rizla Suzuki riders Loris Capirossi and Alvaro Bautista both showed improvement the second night. The veteran Capirossi was fifth fastest on the second night at 1:56.195 while the rookie Bautista cut more than a second off his fastest lap.

The two new teams in the series, Aspar Ducati and Interwetten-Honda were near the bottom of the time sheet on both nights. Aspar Ducatiís Hector Barbera edged out Interwetten-Hondaís Hiroshi Aoyama on both nights but both rookies remain nearly two seconds off of Stonerís pace.

Riders and teams will have three weeks to prepare before the season kicks off for real under the lights in Qatar on April 11.

A healthy Casey Stoner may be the biggest threat to end Valentino Rossi's championship winning streak.

MotoGP 2010 Qatar Test Results - Session 2
Pos. Rider Team Time
1st Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro 1:55.353
2nd Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha 1:55.860
3rd Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda 1:55.879
4th Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro 1:56.115
5th Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki 1:56.195
6th Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha 1:56.504
7th Randy De Puniet LCR Honda 1:56.504
8th Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:56.722
9th Mika Kallio Pramac Ducati 1:56.767
10th Ben Spies Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:56.779
11th Aleix Espargaro Pramac Ducati 1:56.897
12th Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki 1:56.898
13th Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 1:56.935
14th Marco Melandri San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:57.222
15th Hector Barbera Aspar Ducati 1:57.223
16th Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten-Honda 1:57.251
17th Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:57.379

MotoGP 2010 Qatar Test Results - Session 1
Pos. Rider Team Time
1st Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha 1:55.402
2nd Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro 1:55.717
3rd Ben Spies Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:55.954
4th Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:56.540
5th Randy De Puniet LCR Honda 1:56.588
6th Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda 1:56.811
7th Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha 1:56.838
8th Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro 1:56.855
9th Mika Kallio Pramac Ducati 1:56.923
10th Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 1:57.047
11th Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki 1:57.099
12th Marco Melandri Honda Gresini 1:57.605
13th Hector Barbera Aspar Ducati 1:57.822
14th Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten-Honda 1:57.888
15th Marco Simoncelli Honda Gresini 1:57.891
16th Aleix Espargaro Pramac Ducati 1:57.898
17th Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki 1:57.960