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Stoner underlines his strength in FP2

Stoner underlines his strength in FP2

The Ducati Marlboro rider is again the fastest in the second MotoGP practice session in Qatar, ahead of Valentino Rossi and Randy de Puniet.

Casey Stoner was the quickest rider of the MotoGP field as he led the timesheet once more in the second practice session of the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar on Saturday. The Australian’s time of 1’55.501 was only one-thousandth of a second slower than his best lap in the previous practice, as he displayed a consistency that will have placed him in a quietly confident position heading into qualifying.

The Ducati Marlboro rider led for the majority of the hour-long session, and was over three-tenths of a second faster than World Champion Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha). The Italian posted a time of 1’55.841 as he improved on his time from Friday, and was the only other rider to join Stoner under the 1’56” mark.

Randy de Puniet was the highest placing Honda rider on board his RC212V of the LCR Honda team, as the Frenchman shaved almost 0.7s off his best time from the previous evening with a 1’56.350, whilst Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) was again fourth as he kept track of De Puniet at just two-tenths behind.

Jorge Lorenzo (Fiat Yamaha) was inside the top five at just over a full second off Stoner’s pace, with Mika Kallio (Pramac Racing) another rider to make a notable improvement as he took his Ducati round in the sixth best time of the session.

Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) were seventh and eighth respectively, with Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) making a much-desired if only marginal improvement as well to place ninth. Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech3) completed the top ten.

Rookie Héctor Barberá (Páginas Amarillas Aspar) had a slow-speed fall with just under ten minutes of the session remaining, and returned swiftly to the track to complete his practice ahead of this evening’s qualifying session, which is due to start at 10.55pm local time.


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