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The third and final pre-season Test ended in Qatar on Friday with Ducati Marlboro rider Casey Stoner the quickest across the two evenings. A...

The third and final pre-season Test ended in Qatar on Friday with Ducati Marlboro rider Casey Stoner the quickest across the two evenings. A best lap of 1’55.353 set under the Losail floodlights came on the second night, before he had a fall on his Desmosedici GP10 which did not result in any injury. The Australian’s time was less than a tenth of a second off his 2009 pole position time at the circuit.

Jorge Lorenzo arrived in Qatar carrying the hand injury that prevented him from participating at the last Test in Malaysia, but the Spanish Fiat Yamaha rider pushed through the pain barrier. His time of 1’56.504 put him in seventh position overall and was equal with that of Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda).

Notably outside the top ten was Dani Pedrosa, as the Repsol Honda rider ended the Test 13th fastest overall at just over 1.5s off the top time.

Fastest laptimes, Day2

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap Lead. Gap

1 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team 1:55.353 –
2 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team 1:55.860 +0.507
3 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Team 1:55.879 +0.526
4 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Team 1:56.115 +0.762
5 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1:56.195 +0.842
6 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Team 1:56.504 +1.151
7 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda MotoGP 1:56.504 +1.151
8 Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:56.722 +1.369
9 Mika Kallio Pramac Racing Team 1:56.767 +1.414
10 Ben Spies Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:56.779 +1.426
11 Aleix Espargaro Pramac Racing Team 1:56.897 +1.544
12 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1:56.898 +1.545
13 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 1:56.935 +1.582

14 Marco Melandri San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:57.222 +1.869
15 Hector Barbera Aspar Team 1:57.223 +1.870
16 Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten-Honda MotoGP 1:57.251 +1.898
17 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:57.379 +2.026

Combined laptimes Qatar
Pos Rider Team Session 1 Session 2 Lead. Gap
1 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team 1:55.717 1:55.353 –
2 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team 1:55.402 1:55.860 +0.049
3 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Team 1:56.811 1:55.879 +0.526
4 Ben Spies Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:55.954 1:56.779 +0.601
5 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Team 1:56.855 1:56.115 +0.762
6 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1:57.099 1:56.195 +0.842
7 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Team 1:56.838 1:56.504 +1.151
8 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda MotoGP 1:56.588 1:56.504 +1.151
9 Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:56.540 1:56.722 +1.187
10 Mika Kallio Pramac Racing Team 1:56.923 1:56.767 +1.414
11 Aleix Espargaro Pramac Racing Team 1:57.898 1:56.897 +1.544
12 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1:57.960 1:56.898 +1.545
13 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 1:57.047 1:56.935 +1.582

14 Marco Melandri San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:57.605 1:57.222 +1.869
15 Hector Barbera Aspar Team 1:57.822 1:57.223 +1.870
16 Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten-Honda MotoGP 1:57.888 1:57.251 +1.898
17 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:57.891 1:57.379 +2.026

Source: motogp.com