Stoner leads Catalunya first free practice

 Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner went quickest in the first practice session of the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya ahead of his teammate Dani Pedrosa.Stoner, who won at the Catalan track in dominant fashion last year, set the quickest time of 1.42’775, just narrowly ousting his local teammate Pedrosa by a tenth. As the Repsol Hondas dominated, it was championship leader Jorge Lorenzo who was third fastest on-board his Yamaha Factory Racing machine. Fresh off the back of his dominant wet weather win, Lorenzo will be looking to get one over on the Hondas once again to extend his lead at the top.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow, who is now running with the same spec brakes as his teammate Andrea Dovizioso, was fourth quickest, with Yamaha Factory’s Ben Spies closely in tow. Spies will be looking for a solid weekend, after much discussion about his below-par form this season. In sixth place, LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl continues to impress with his satellite machine, as he was just over four tenths off the top, despite a small crash early in the session.

Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden was the fastest of the Ducatis as he finished within the same hundredth as Bradl. Cardion AB Racing’s Karel Abraham looked to have regained some confidence after coming in just behind Hayden in eighth. Crutchlow’s teammate Dovizioso was ninth quickest, with San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista rounding out the top ten. Ducati’s Valentino Rossi finished in 11th.

Apart from Bradl’s crash, there were only minor incidents in the session, as Bautista’s teammate Michele Pirro and Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy De Puniet ran off track briefly, while Avintia Blusens’ Yonny Hernandez had to switch bikes after a mechanical issue.

1 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 335.3 1'42.775  2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 335.1 1'42.875 0.100 / 0.100 3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 332.9 1'43.008 0.233 / 0.133 4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 333.2 1'43.182 0.407 / 0.174 5 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 334.2 1'43.191 0.416 / 0.009 6 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 334.9 1'43.245 0.470 / 0.054 7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 335.1 1'43.246 0.471 / 0.001 8 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 331.8 1'43.315 0.540 / 0.069 9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 335.4 1'43.371 0.596 / 0.056 10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 333.4 1'43.493 0.718 / 0.122 11 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 337.2 1'43.537 0.762 / 0.044 12 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 329.1 1'43.624 0.849 / 0.087 13 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 318.7 1'44.915 2.140 / 1.291 14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 313.9 1'45.281 2.506 / 0.366 15 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 313.0 1'45.939 3.164 / 0.658 16 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 315.4 1'46.234 3.459 / 0.295 17 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 308.9 1'46.748 3.973 / 0.514 18 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 316.4 1'46.848 4.073 / 0.100 19 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 312.3 1'46.908 4.133 / 0.060 20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 299.7 1'47.149 4.374 / 0.241 21 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 313.8 1'47.181 4.406 / 0.032


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