Stoner Wins BMW M Series In Last 09 Test

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Casey Stoner was the winner of the BMW M Award in Sunday’s showdown session at the MotoGP Official Test. The 2007 World Champion was untouchable at the southern Spanish circuit of Jerez, dominating the session onboard his formidable Desmosedici GP9 machine.

Stoner registered a superb 1’38.646s lap in the final ten minutes of the session, even finding time to give a wave to his Ducati Marlboro crew as he flew down the main straight. He was already leading the chase for the car prize at the time, courtesy of an early hot lap. The session was brought to a premature close by rainfall shortly after his final surge, with just over three minutes remaining on the clock. The winner of last year’s BMW M Award in the rain at Jerez, Stoner’s repeat trick added another car to his extensive collection. The reigning World Champion, Valentino Rossi got closest to Stoner with a 1’39.365s time which put him second on the timesheet, 0.719s behind the Australian. Like Stoner, the Fiat Yamaha man is enjoying a good preseason and the pair look like they will push each other hard for the title in 2009. Behind the front two it was Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen who sandwiched fourth-placed Jorge Lorenzo in the top five. Andrea Dovizioso was the 7th fastest, meanwhile a good performance from returning Ducati rider Sete Gibernau, saw him lap eighth quickest on his satellite Desmosedici GP9.

1 27 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 1’38.646 279.214
2 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 1’39.365 284.960 0.719
3 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 1’39.757 283.687 1.111
4 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 1’39.829 284.210 1.183
5 7 Chris VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 1’39.848 281.396 1.202
6 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing Ducati 1’40.149 281.984 1.503
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’40.168 280.010 1.522
8 59 Sete GIBERNAU SPA Grupo Francisco Hernando Ducati 1’40.228 281.250 1.582
9 24 Toni ELIAS SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’40.266 287.539 1.620
10 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’40.305 282.205 1.659
11 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 1’40.401 282.205 1.755
12 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA Hayate Racing Team Kawasaki 1’40.405 282.131 1.759
13 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’40.646 277.777 2.000
14 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN Scot Racing Team MotoGP Honda 1’40.814 278.637 2.168
15 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’40.869 271.971 2.223
16 52 James TOSELAND GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’41.425 279.720 2.779
17 22 Vittoriano GUARESCHI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1’41.485 276.073 2.839
18 88 Niccolo CANEPA ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1’41.551 279.069 2.905
19 64 Kousuke AKIYOSHI JPN Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’42.206 280.665 3.560

Author

Giovanni Balestra

Date

March 30, 2009