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Apr 05

Stoner lights up Losail in first practice session

Round 1: Qatar MotoGP™ – Free Practice One

MotoGP logoMotoGP - Losail - Casey StonerThe first laps of the 2012 season were completed tonight at the Losail International Circuit, with Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner taking first place in a session that saw the highly anticipated return of the 1000cc machines to competitive MotoGP™ action.

  • Losail International Circuit, Thursday 5 April 2012 
  • Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium & Extra-Hard; Rear: Medium, Hard (Asymmetric)
  • Weather: Dry. Ambient 27-27°C; Track 30-29°C (Bridgestone measurement)

Stoner’s best time of 1:56.474 saw him finish almost two-tenths faster than Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and a half second ahead of a determined Nicky Hayden aboard the Ducati GP12, though the reigning champion’s time was set on the harder rear tyre, with Lorenzo and Hayden setting their benchmark times on the softer rear option.

 

With no pre-season test at Qatar this year, teams spent the first session evaluating many front and rear tyre combinations as they unleashed their new 1000cc machines onto the Losail Circuit for the first time. Track temperatures hovered around the 30°C mark for the first practice session, but patches of sand around the circuit made conditions less than ideal for fast running.

The next free MotoGP™ practice session is scheduled for tomorrow evening at 1800 local time (GMT+3).

Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“As is often the case at Qatar, track conditions for the first practice session were not ideal today with a lot of sand on the circuit, but the feedback we got from the riders that the 2012 specification tyres were handling the variable track conditions very well.

“Due to the changing track conditions and perhaps also the riders using their new 1000cc motorcycles at Qatar for the first time, there was no preferred front and rear tyre combination among the riders during the first session. Finding a race setup at Qatar can be difficult as the track temperatures during the race can be lower than during practice, so we consider this fact when choosing our tyre allocation and advising teams on what tyre combination might work best for them.”

Qatar MotoGP FP1 results
 
Pos
Rider
Team
FP1 time
Gap
1
Casey STONER
Repsol Honda
1:56.474
 
2
Jorge LORENZO
Yamaha Factory Racing
1:56.648
0.174
3
Nicky HAYDEN
Ducati Team
1:56.924
0.450
4
Ben SPIES
Yamaha Factory Racing
1:56.982
0.508
5
Dani PEDROSA
Repsol Honda
1’57.130
0.656
6
Cal CRUTCHLOW
Monster Tech3 Yamaha
1:57.395
0.921
7
Alvaro BAUTISTA
San Carlo Honda Gresini
1:57.512
1.038
8
Andrea DOVIZIOSO
Monster Tech3 Yamaha
1:57.547
1.073
9
Hector BARBERA
Pramac Racing Team
1:57.912
1.438
10
Valentino ROSSI
Ducati Team
1:57.914
1.440
11
Karel ABRAHAM
Cardion AB Motoracing
1:57.939
1.465
12
Stefan BRADL
LCR Honda
1:58.934
2.460
13
Randy DE PUNIET
Power Electronics Aspar
1:59.985
3.511
14
Colin EDWARDS
NGM Forward Racing
2:00.044
3.570
15
Michele PIRRO
San Carlo Honda Gresini
2:00.322
3.848
16
Aleix ESPARGARO
Power Electronics Aspar
2:00.720
4.246
17
Ivan SILVA
Avintia Racing
2:01.138
4.664
18
Mattia PASINI
Speed Master Team
2:01.261
4.787
19
Yonny HERNANDEZ
Avintia Racing
2:01.276
4.802
20
Danilo PETRUCCI
CAME Ioda Racing Project
2:01.352
4.878
21
James ELLISON
Paul Bird Motorsport
2:03.421
6.947
 
 

source: bridgestonemotorsport.com