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Wed 28th Mar '12

Stoner ends Jerez test on top!!

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Reigning MotoGP Champion stamps his authority ahead of the 2012 season!!

Casey Stoner has continued his control of pre-season testing by ending the final winter test at Jerez on top of the timesheets.

 

The reigning champion lapped the Spanish circuit in 1:38.780, logging the time in the final ten minutes of the session to head Factory Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo by 0.173.

Following in third was Stoner's Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, 0.377 behind with Ben Spies in fourth on the second factory YZR-M1.

Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow demonstrated further impressive form by placing the fifth quickest time and ending as the top satellite rider, finishing within a second of Stoner's best and ahead of Valentino Rossi.

Rossi had a fluctuating time at the Jerez test, finishing worryingly over 1.5 seconds adrift of the Australian's best on the opening day. The final day proved to be more positive as the Italian scrapped his new settings for the old on his factory Desmosedici GP12, ending the three days in sixth and .8 from Stoner.

Of the CRT machines, Randy de Puniet was the fastest on the Aspar Aprilia bike with a best time of 1:40.6 in tenth. The Frenchman was 1.8 seconds behind Stoner's best time.

The skeptics of the new class will have additional ammo, as six of the production-based machines lapped slower than the best Moto2 time of 1:41.983, set by Claudio Corti earlier in the week.

MotoGP returns to race action on April 8th at Losail, Qatar. Click here for the 2012 MotoGP calendar.

 

MotoGP Jerez Final test Day 3 results:

 

1 Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Team 1:38.780 (61)
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 1:38.953 +0.173 (84)
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 1:39.157 +0.377 (73)
4 Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing 1:39.495 +0.715 (61)
5 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech3 1:39.585 +0.805 (79)
6 Valentino Rossi Ducati Team 1:39.733 +0.953 (87)
7 Andrea Dovizioso Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:39.860 +1.080 (72)
8 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team 1:39.919 +1.139 (88)
9 Alvaro Bautista San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:40.017 +1.237 (85)
10 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1:40.098 +1.318 (84)
11 Hector Barbera Pramac Racing Team 1:40.287 +1.507 (88)
12 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 1:40.579 +1.799 (87)
13 Randy de Puniet Power Electronics Aspar 1:40.601 +1.821 (71)
14 Aleix Espargaro Power Electronics Aspar 1:41.645 +2.865 (69)
15 Danilo Petrucci Came Iodaracing Project 1:41.926 +3.146 (87)
16 Franco Battaini Ducati Team 1:42.057 +3.277 (85)
17 Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:42.073 +3.293 (58)
18 Mattia Pasini Speed Master 1:42.184 +3.404 (59)
19 Michele Pirro San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:42.212 +3.432 (52)
20 James Ellison Paul Bird Motorsport 1:42.437 +3.657 (82)
21 Ivan Silva Avintia Racing MotoGP 1:42.446 +3.666 (81)
22 Yonny Hernandez Avintia Racing MotoGP 1:42.906 +4.126 (56)

 

 

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