Stoner Makes Honda Undefeated in Winter Tests

MotoGP's final day of pre-season testing ended in Qatar yesterday, with Honda managing to stay the fastest in winter testing. Casey Stoner was the one responsible for this feat, as the Australian rider set the pace in day two of the testing session at Losail.

Repsol Honda team dominated the two-day test at the Losail Circuit in Qatar, with Stoner managing to arrive ahead of his Spanish teammate Dani Pedrosa in the final session.

“We found a good rider position, which I'm really happy with, having moved my position more towards the rear in Sepang - to try and find more grip. Here we can run a more neutral set-up and everything seems to be working well. We did some more work on electronics tonight and also on the tires, but generally worked in preparation for the weekend," stated the 25-year-old Aussie rider.

Pedrosa, who dominated day one at Losail, was followed by Gresini Honda's Marco Simoncelli in fourth and Repsol's Andrea Dovizioso in fifth place. It was Yamaha newcomer Ben Spies who manage to squeeze between the Honda formation, coming third.

“Today we tried the new front fork; we have continued to work with electronics and have tried both hard and the softer tires. We kept the good feeling we had at Sepang. The test here in Qatar also went well in general and we go to the first race with a competitive bike, but for the Grand Prix we will have to keep working hard because nobody will give away anything,"
Pedrosa said.

The fastest Ducati rider was Pramac’s Randy DePuniet in sixth, just ahead of defending World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, while Tech3 Yamaha’s Colin Edwards was behind the Spaniard in eighth.

Marlboro Ducati's Nicky Hayden ended up ninth, as his teammate Valentino Rossi arrived well down in 13th. However, both Ducati riders crashed during the day, as did MotoGP rookie and Tech3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow.
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