Repsol Honda benefit in FP3


Casey Stoner once again was fastest in practice in Qatar but he had a much tougher fight on his hands from Dani Pedrosa in the final free practice session.

Pedrosa led the times for much of the session but with only minutes remaining Stoner jumped to the top of the timing screens by 0.158s with a near perfect lap. The Australian, in his first race for the factory Honda squad, has looked superb all weekend but this was the first time that he had stiff competition from his teammate. Pedrosa looked much improved in this session and was able to ride the RCV212 much more aggressively.

With Andrea Dovizioso finding his form and setting the third fastest time it was a Repsol Honda affair at the front with Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies and Hector Barbera rounding out the top six. Barbera was once again the leading Ducati with factory riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden eighth and 14th respectively.

Colin Edwards continued to show encouraging signs to end the day just a fraction of a second adrift of Barbera. The Texan has looked confident all weekend and is riding beautifully for Tech 3.

The session was marred by Alvaro Bautista suffering a sizeable accident with ten minutes remaining. The Suzuki rider crashed at the penultimate corner but was unable to stand after the accident and needed medical attention after clutching his left leg. The Spaniard ended the session 16th just ahead of compatriot Toni Elias who continues to struggle aboard his Honda.

For full results from this session click here

Advertisements
This entry was posted in MotoGP, Practice Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s