Le Mans MotoGP: Stoner on top after FP2

By Liam Marsden -

MotoGP

 18 May 2012 15:05

Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner has ended the first day at Le Mans at the top of the timesheets.

The Aussie - who yesterday announced he is to retire at the end of the season - posted a best time of 1.33'740 to beat his team-mate Dani Pedrosa. Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo set the third fastest time.

Brit Cal Crutchlow was seventh behind team-mate Andrea Dovizioso in sixth.

Chris Vermeulen, replacing the injured Colin Edwards, finished the day in 21st and last as he adapted to the Suter-BMW machine. James Ellison posted the 20th fastest time

1 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 307.6 1'33.740 
2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 308.5 1'34.005 0.265 / 0.265
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 304.1 1'34.136 0.396 / 0.131
4 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 305.3 1'34.437 0.697 / 0.301
5 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 300.3 1'34.467 0.727 / 0.030
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 304.3 1'34.585 0.845 / 0.118
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 304.3 1'34.610 0.870 / 0.025
8 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 309.2 1'35.079 1.339 / 0.469
9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 302.2 1'35.112 1.372 / 0.033
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 301.8 1'35.132 1.392 / 0.020
11 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 303.6 1'35.201 1.461 / 0.069
12 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 305.8 1'35.787 2.047 / 0.586
13 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 287.8 1'36.438 2.698 / 0.651
14 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 287.5 1'36.928 3.188 / 0.490
15 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 286.1 1'37.093 3.353 / 0.165
16 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 286.9 1'37.310 3.570 / 0.217
17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 287.6 1'37.585 3.845 / 0.275
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 273.3 1'38.255 4.515 / 0.670
19 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 286.9 1'38.260 4.520 / 0.005
20 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 284.2 1'38.395 4.655 / 0.135
21 7 Chris VERMEULEN AUS NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 286.8 1'39.383 5.643 / 0.988