All the hype and speculation has come to an end. The first practice session has been held for the first round of the year in Qatar, and Casey Stoner (Honda) led the timesheets followed by Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha). Not much of a surprise, frankly, although there were a few surprises from other riders.
Nicky Hayden (Ducati), who won a MotoGP championship on the big bore 990cc bike several years ago stormed through to the third quickest lap, despite the fact that teammate Valentino Rossi was down in 10th position. Hayden had switched to a soft tire towards the end of the session, while Rossi rode the same hard tire throughout. Ben Spies (Yamaha) followed Hayden in fourth, with Dani Pedrosa (Honda) fifth.
Of course, this is just the opening practice session, but the CRT bikes are quite slow, more than 3 seconds off the pace, in fact. We will bring you additional reports this weekend. Stay tuned.
|1||1||Casey STONER||AUS||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||334.5||1’56.474|
|2||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||329.9||1’56.648||0.174 / 0.174|
|3||69||Nicky HAYDEN||USA||Ducati Team||Ducati||334.2||1’56.924||0.450 / 0.276|
|4||11||Ben SPIES||USA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||326.7||1’56.982||0.508 / 0.058|
|5||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||332.9||1’57.130||0.656 / 0.148|
|6||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||329.2||1’57.395||0.921 / 0.265|
|7||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||336.8||1’57.512||1.038 / 0.117|
|8||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||330.0||1’57.547||1.073 / 0.035|
|9||8||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||337.2||1’57.912||1.438 / 0.365|
|10||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||334.3||1’57.914||1.440 / 0.002|