2009 Qatar MotoGP FP2 Result - Stoner Leads, Others Close

Casey Stoner continued to top the timesheets at Qatar on Saturday, but his domination started to look less complete. Although the Australian increased his lead to over 0.7 seconds over the man in second spot, Valentino Rossi, on multiple occasions, Rossi kept coming back to within a couple of tenths. By the time the flag dropped for the end of the session, Rossi had been joined by a brace of other riders within half a second of Stoner.

In the end, Rossi finished just 0.096 behind the 2007 World Champion, with Loris Capirossi and Jorge Lorenzo around 3/10ths off. Biggest surprise of the evening was the man in fifth: Marco Melandri beat out all of the Hondas, a factory Suzuki and a factory Ducati to finish just 0.8 off of Stoner. Dani Pedrosa seems to be finding riding a little easier, closing the big gap he had yesterday, ending up in twelfth, up from dead last yesterday. Nicky Hayden's struggle with the Ducati has got worse, finishing the session way down in 15th. His only consolation will be that he has at least one more Ducati behind him, in the shape of Niccolo Canepa.

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'56.310    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'56.406 0.096 0.096
3 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'56.598 0.288 0.192
4 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'56.649 0.339 0.051
5 33 Marco MELANDRI KAWASAKI 1'57.135 0.825 0.486
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'57.290 0.980 0.155
7 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'57.576 1.266 0.286
8 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'57.714 1.404 0.138
9 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'57.971 1.661 0.257
10 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'58.125 1.815 0.154
11 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'58.152 1.842 0.027
12 3 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'58.349 2.039 0.197
13 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1'58.361 2.051 0.012
14 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'58.618 2.308 0.257
15 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'59.226 2.916 0.608
16 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI HONDA 1'59.340 3.030 0.114
17 88 Niccolo CANEPA DUCATI 1'59.564 3.254 0.224
18 59 Sete GIBERNAU DUCATI 2'00.256 3.946 0.692

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
1
2009

Comments

GOOO Marco!!

A lot of suprises in that last practice. I hope marco places top 5. Maybe he'll get kawi to reconsider there decision =P

Total votes: 16

Marco is Back

If Marco continues like this Kawasaki HAS to reconsider and fully back his efforts. Maybe with one rider they can pour in enough money to atleast stay inside top 10 for the season but that would mean Marco by season end would be one worn out porcupine......or is it a hedge hog?

Total votes: 11

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