Stoner has posted the quickest time in first practice. And he's not mucking around, either. Nearly a second under the lap record. I noticed too that the weather forecast for Qatar isn't as hot as I'd thought it was supposed to be, given that it's going to be a night race, ostensibly because it's more comfortable for the racers. http://www.worldweather.org/116/c00221.htm These sorts of temps are what they'll experience regularly throughout the year at the Euro circuits. Obviously it's to capture the daytime television audiences in Europe and possibly the US (I'd have to calc the time diffs). So why crap on about the weather being the reason? Anyway, I'm surprised that Melandri isn't further up the timesheets. Edwards and Toseland aren't doing too bad on their new bikes. Obviously, it's qualifying when it all matters, pre-race.