Casey 1st, Dani 2nd, Dovi 3rd On Day Two Of Qatar Practices
The second day of the Qatar Grand Prix finished again with top places for the Repsol riders. The improvement of Dovizioso was added to Stoner and Pedrosa’s great performance yesterday. The three riders spearheaded the free practices final classification, with Casey Stoner in first position, Dani Pedrosa second and Andrea Dovizioso third.
In this unusual first Grand Prix of the season (with night practices during three days instead of the usual two days) the Repsol Honda Team riders showed an excellent level of performance. After the first session held yesterday, the premier class participants had today two 45-minutes sessions.
In his first run, the Australian rider of the Repsol Honda Team just needed a couple of laps to ride under 1 minute and 56 seconds. The bar set by Stoner was unreachable for the rest of his rivals and only Dani Pedrosa was able to get close. The Spaniard was the only one to ride in 1 minute and 55 seconds in the first session, apart from Stoner, and he repeated that time in the second free practice held today.
Pedrosa became the reference in the second session, as he set a time of 1 minute 55 seconds and 193 thousandths that placed him in the lead of the overall classification. However, two minutes before the end Stoner reduced his time by 158 thousandths, finishing at the top of the times classification.
The starting order will be set tomorrow with the definitive qualifying session. This will be the first time in the season the MotoGP riders will push their bikes to the max to secure a good place on the starting grid, which is extremely important in this circuit.
1’55.035 sec, 33 laps, 178 km.
“We spent most of the second session tonight on used tyres to get a better understanding of where we are with them, we did a quick lap on race distance with these tyres so we’re really happy with this – in addition we completed around thirty laps on the front tyre which also worked well. We played around with the tyre pressure a little, but in general they seem to be very consistent from start to end. Today we had a few more things to try, in the first session today we didn’t make many improvements from yesterday and then in the second session we made a big step forward. I’m really happy at the pace we’re running, the way I’m riding and how we have the bike set-up”.