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Reigning World Champion Casey Stoner set the fastest time of the first practice session at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar, with Jorge Lorenzo a close second and Nicky Hayden third as the 2012 season got underway.
Reigning World Champion Casey Stoner was joined by Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, Colin Edwards and Stefan Bradl in the press conference which took place shortly before the first practice at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar.
The Ducati Team riders will get to measure the progress of the Desmosedici GP12 against its competitors in a Grand Prix setting when the first round gets underway in Qatar this Thursday.
The last pre-season MotoGP Test ahead of the 2012 season concluded on Sunday evening, with Casey Stoner posting the best lap of the weekend as final preparations for the start of the campaign were made. Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa were both also inside a tightly matched top three.
he final official MotoGP Test of the pre-season at Jerez got underway on Friday with Casey Stoner laying down the fastest time, as the reigning World Champion shot to the top of the timesheet with his 54th and final lap of the opening day.
Jorge Lorenzo got off to a flying start at the final 2012 pre-season MotoGP Test at Jerez on Friday, laying down the fastest lap by the midway point of the opening day and with Dani Pedrosa, Ben Spies and Casey Stoner all within three-tenths of a second of the Yamaha rider.
The liveries that Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies will run with this season were unveiled at the official Yamaha Factory Racing presentation on Thursday.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday present the final opportunity for the premier class to fine-tune its pre-season preparations at Jerez ahead of the 2012 season opener in Qatar less than two weeks later.
The new colours, the lines, the beauty of the new Ducati Desmosedici GP12 livery.
The second day of testing wrapped up under largely improved weather conditions, especially in the evening, for the five MotoGP riders present at the Aragon circuit. Riders were able to make up for time lost on Thursday due to high winds, with the two Spanish and one British team present and accruing more laps and experience.

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