Repsol Honda press release
World Champion Casey Stoner will start the Grand Prix of Qatar from the front row of the grid in second place, with team mate Dani Pedosa on the third row in seventh.
It was a frustrating session for Casey who was once again plagued with chatter issues on his RC213V. He led for the majority of the session but in the end took second place with a 1'54.855 just 0.2 seconds off Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.
Dani also experienced issues during the one hour session. In his first stop in the garage to swap bikes, the second one failed to start and disrupted his session and momentum. He finished 7th with a time of 1'55.905.
The Grand Prix of Qatar, the first race of the season will take place tomorrow at 22h00 local time, 21h00 CET.
CASEY STONER 2nd 1'54.855
"I'm not really happy with how qualifying went for us, it should have been a lot better especially on the soft tyre which we hadn't used all weekend. Last night we were happy with what we had improved and with the set up in general. Then tonight we tried to improve that set up and we just made it worse and worse. In the end we did a full circle and came back to what we had on Thursday night and we have huge chattering problems again. Now we have a lot of work to do to understand what's gone wrong and where the problem is before tomorrow. If we can make a big step forward in warm up then we can challenge for a podium and maybe fight for the win, but if the bike remains as it is at the moment, then we were going to be in for a long hard race".
DANI PEDROSA 7th 1'55.905
"We solved a little the issues we had yesterday with the electronics, but we had other problems today. I stopped in the garage to change the bike and it didn't start, twice. I lost a lot of time there and I had to take the other bike which I didn't feel comfortable with either. It's a shame. The team couldn't do any better and nor me; from this point I lost the concentration a little and we couldn't get a better position. Seventh on the grid is not a good place to start the race, but I hope that we don't have any issues tomorrow and I can have a good race".