Casey Stoner laps inside his own record as he dominates practice for the floodlit season-opener
Australian Casey Stoner lapped
inside his own record on Friday as he again dominated practice
for MotoGP's floodlit Qatar season-opener.
The 2007 world champion, who has switched from Ducati to
Honda and is chasing his fourth win in five years at the Losail
circuit, followed up his fastest time on Thursday by topping the
timesheets in both sessions a day later.
Stoner's quickest lap of one minute 55.035 seconds was 0.158
faster than Spanish team mate Dani Pedrosa in second place, with
Italian Andrea Dovizioso third in a 1-2-3 for the factory
Spain's world champion Jorge Lorenzo was fourth on his
Yamaha, ahead of American team mate Ben Spies, while Italian
Valentino Rossi was eighth on a Ducati with the circuit far
cleaner than the day before.
Stoner, winner in 2007, 2008 and 2009 in Qatar, said there
was much more to come from the Honda. The team have had the
fastest bike throughout pre-season testing.
"I haven't really found the limit with this Honda yet," he
"I've not even tucked the front once, I've never pushed it
to any kind of limit so I've got no idea where it is yet. Maybe
it's still quite a way to go, maybe we're running where it wants
"At the moment I'm just happy running the pace I am and the
way I've got the bike set up."
Suzuki's sole rider Alvaro Bautista was ruled out of
Sunday's race after the Spaniard crashed and broke his left