STONER’S DUCATI TOPS TEST CHARTS
Ducati rider Casey Stoner came up tops as Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo finished 17th on the timesheets on Day 1 of the test season on Malaysia’s Sepang circuit. Stoner, a former Australian double world champion, clocked 1min 59.680 seconds, 0.117 seconds faster than Italian Andrea Divizioso, also on a Ducati. Spaniard Maverick Vinales on a Yamaha logged 2mins 00.129 seconds to be the third quickest. Of the notable names, Valentino Rossi, who is looking for an elusive 10th world title, was eighth fastest with a timing of 2mins 00.694 seconds and Honda’s Marc Marquez was ninth quickest at 2min 00.738 seconds. The 18-race MotoGP season gets under way in Qatar on March 26.