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Cal Crutchlow came tantalisingly close to finishing practice for the opening round of the 1000cc MotoGP world championship in Qatar with the fastest time at the floodlit Losail International Circuit tonight.
The British rider headed the timesheets in the final moments with a brilliant lap of 1.55.456. But factory Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo seized top spot with a 1.55.302 to deny former World Supersport champion Crutchlow by just 0.154s.
Lorenzo and Crutchlow ended Casey Stoner’s domination of practice, with the Australian slipping to third in the rankings after he was fastest in the first two sessions.
The reigning world champion ended with a best time of 1.55.674 to finish 0.218s behind Crutchlow’s Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine.
Crutchlow’s team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was fourth quickest with a best time of 1.55.905 with Dani Pedrosa bounced back from his crash earlier in the evening to finish fifth. Pramac Ducati rider Hector Barbera completed the top six.
Nicky Hayden was seventh with a best time of 1.56.402 while factory Ducati team-mate Valentino Rossi moved up from 10th after the first two practice sessions into eighth.
The Italian clocked a best time of 1.56.535. Although that was 1.4s quicker than last night, he was still 1.2s behind Lorenzo’s pace.
Texan Ben Spies didn’t have a session to remember. He had already run off at Turn 1 after missing his braking marker when he crashed out a few minutes later. He walked away unhurt and bounced back to finish in ninth position.
A late crash, which left him limping heavily on his left foot, didn’t stop Randy de Puniet from finishing top CRT rider. A lap of 1.58.261 just edged out the Suter-BMW ridden by experienced American Colin Edwards.
James Ellison continues to make impressive and rapid progress on the Paul Bird Motosport Aprilia ART machine, despite finishing in 21st place.
The 31-year-old was almost three seconds faster tonight than the first evening but he remains over 2.5s away from the best CRT pace.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 329.7 1'55.302
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 329.6 1'55.456 0.154 / 0.154
3 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 336.3 1'55.674 0.372 / 0.218
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 333.4 1'55.905 0.603 / 0.231
5 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 334.9 1'56.114 0.812 / 0.209
6 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 338.3 1'56.163 0.861 / 0.049
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 338.8 1'56.402 1.100 / 0.239
8 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 337.4 1'56.535 1.233 / 0.133
9 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 335.1 1'56.751 1.449 / 0.216
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 334.0 1'56.771 1.469 / 0.020
11 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 327.0 1'57.030 1.728 / 0.259
12 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 335.8 1'57.223 1.921 / 0.193
13 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 312.3 1'58.261 2.959 / 1.038
14 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 316.8 1'58.310 3.008 / 0.049
15 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 313.5 1'58.800 3.498 / 0.490
16 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR-FTR 306.6 1'59.087 3.785 / 0.287
17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 313.1 1'59.169 3.867 / 0.082
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 292.2 1'59.517 4.215 / 0.348
19 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR-FTR 311.4 2'00.035 4.733 / 0.518
20 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 314.5 2'00.226 4.924 / 0.191
21 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 312.2 2'00.563 5.261 / 0.337
 

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TBH i can't believe Rossi finished as high as 8th in practice. Sure that will be put right in Qualifying because he looks out of sorts on that Ducati.

Brilliant stuff from Crutchlow, but can he keep it up for Qualifying? Stefan Bradl and Hector Barbera with good practice sessions also.
 

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Cal put it on the front row in qualifying and Rossi is last of the prototypes, somebody give him his pension book now.

Impressive ride from Stefan Bradl, first season in Moto GP having come from Moto2.
 

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Cal put it on the front row in qualifying and Rossi is last of the prototypes, somebody give him his pension book now.

Impressive ride from Stefan Bradl, first season in Moto GP having come from Moto2.
As i said, Rossi was lucky to finish 8th in practice. 10th is where he should be on that bike.

Bradl had a great ride, shame he just couldn't see that 6th place through. Cal had a great ride also, and i enjoyed the battle for 4th with him and Dovi.

Looks set to be a good season.
 

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Cal put it on the front row in qualifying and Rossi is last of the prototypes, somebody give him his pension book now.

Impressive ride from Stefan Bradl, first season in Moto GP having come from Moto2.
I'm still convinced that Rossi is not finished!! Bradl was amazing in the race but after winning moto2 i was expecting him to put up a good fight in the motogp... Cal i was very impressed with him and Dovi are going to make a very competitive tech 3 team this year as i'm sure Dovi is going to want to show Honda they should not have dropped him.
 

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I'm still convinced that Rossi is not finished!! Bradl was amazing in the race but after winning moto2 i was expecting him to put up a good fight in the motogp... Cal i was very impressed with him and Dovi are going to make a very competitive tech 3 team this year as i'm sure Dovi is going to want to show Honda they should not have dropped him.
What do you personally think that needs to happen in order for Rossi to be challenging again?

I think the bike is so bad, almost un-rideable, which may be due to alot of the changes that Rossi has helped implement (i await the 'Stoner could ride it fine' argument).

I thought with the connection between Rossi and Simoncelli that Gresini might have tried to temp Rossi there. Would personally have loved to have seen that.
 

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I think the bike is so bad, almost un-rideable, which may be due to alot of the changes that Rossi has helped implement
I don't think it's unrideable, I think it's a small team being pulled to pieces by being made to over stretch it's self. I think Rossi/Burgess is pushing Ducati down the wrong alleys. If he was the fastest Ducati rider it would be easier to believe, but he was outpaced the whole weekend and most of last season. The original monocoque can't be that bad, otherwise they would not have put the concept into their latest and possibly greatest bike yet the 1199 Panigale, the 1198 (1098R as the WSBK actually is) has been a very succesful wsbk ride, and that uses a trellis frame the same as the original GP bike did, so to replace proven technology with another piece of GP derived tech and now to throw it away from the GP arena is an engineering travesty in my opinion. Yes the lean angle a GP bike generates has it's own unique issues, but a WSBK is not far behind in those stakes either. Engineering to be the best, needs consistency or genius, and with so many changes made every race it's a nightmare platform to be up against, I would not want to be in that garage, you have no safe base settings as anything you had worked out, has just been chucked away.
 

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What do you personally think that needs to happen in order for Rossi to be challenging again?

I think the bike is so bad, almost un-rideable, which may be due to alot of the changes that Rossi has helped implement (i await the 'Stoner could ride it fine' argument).

I thought with the connection between Rossi and Simoncelli that Gresini might have tried to temp Rossi there. Would personally have loved to have seen that.
He needs his bike to work for him... Hayden is getting on ok but Rossi just can't get it right. Stoner did not ride the same Ducati, but on the other hand although I hate his smugness and arrogance he is an incredible rider!! Rossi will sort it out and then all the pessimists will shut up when he is back on the podium! Sorry don't mean that in an arsy way I've just followed Rossi for a long time and I know he is not finished. I don't think Rossi would have wanted to take place after he died.

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Rossi needs is yamaha M1 back

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