On the final day of testing at Qatar before next weekend’s opening-round, Honda-mounted riders took four of the top five quickest laps. Only Yamaha’s Ben Spies broke up the Honda juggernaut, by posting the third quickest lap. Spies, however, was more than half a second off the pace set by Honda’s star riders, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, with Stoner being quickest overall.
Ducati continues to struggle, although Randy de Puniet surprised everyone by posting a time quicker than both Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi. Hayden and Rossi were well down the list, and both of them had small crashes (without injury) on the final day of testing.