Casey completes clean sweep with victory in Qatar It was second time lucky for the Qatari night race as the usual desert conditions prevailed for the duration of Monday's running, leaving Casey Stoner and the Ducati Team to ...
Casey completes clean sweep with victory in Qatar
It was second time lucky for the Qatari night race as the usual desert conditions prevailed for the duration of Monday's running, leaving Casey Stoner and the Ducati Team to complete a clean sweep at the top of the timesheets in every one of the weekend's sessions. The Australian was followed home by Valentino Rossi, whilst Jorge Lorenzo finished third to take the second podium spot for Fiat Yamaha.
As they had prepared to do before yesterday's postponement, all riders competed on Bridgestone's medium compound front and rear slicks. Whilst Stoner controlled the lead of the race, there were some close battles in the midfield including some fairing-bashing between Honda stable-mates Alex de Angelis (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and the recovering Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda).
After last night's rain, the track conditions had changed today with the MotoGP machines running on a cleaner surface. Unlike the past three days, there was also very little wind all day to blow sand back onto the tarmac, meaning that the Stoner's fastest race-pace lap was just six tenths of a second shy of his qualifying pole time, set using Bridgestone's soft compound rear to give maximum grip over a short qualifying run.
Whilst the race weekend was extended by one day, no additional Bridgestone tyres were allocated to the riders. Owing to an increased level of grip from the cleaner track and the slightly increased ground temperature, the medium compound slick was clearly the correct choice for today's conditions.
Hiroshi Yamada - Bridgestone Motorsport - Manager Motorcycle Sport Unit
"I would like to congratulate Casey Stoner and Ducati Team for their victory in what has been a very unusual race weekend at Losail. It is very rare that we have a race on Monday! We came here knowing that our tyres faced a challenge as Qatar was one of our most difficult races last year, but I am happy with the level we have delivered this weekend. I am pleased that we have been able to meet the task of providing a consistent control tyre and I am pleased we have completed this weekend with no problems."
Casey Stoner, Ducati Team, Race Winner
"Everyone is on the same tyres now so you don't hear any more things about 'his tyres are better than mine'. The grip is not the best at this track and the bike was moving around a little, but maybe from my dirt-track days I feel more comfortable than maybe other riders do like this. We are all on the same tyres so it is a good feeling to win the first race like this."