MotoGP: Free Practice Times Catalunya

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MotoGP FP1

Championship leader, Jorge Lorenzo, took first blood in the stifling heat of Barcelona, topping the timesheet with a time of 1’43.259 at the end of this afternoon’s first MotoGP free practice session ahead of the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya.

With the ambient air temperature topping 37ºC and the track temperature rising to 52ºC during the session, free practice was demanding of riders, bikes and tyres this afternoon but Lorenzo, who is going for a third straight win this weekend in front of his home crowd, still managed to lap the 4.727km Catalunya circuit 0.153s faster than Casey Stoner.

The Ducati Team rider had a run-off early on in the session at Turn 1 but it was a minor event, as he went on to record the second fastest time aboard his Desmosedici GP10 at a track he declared as fun to ride.

Completing the top three was Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa who finished almost four-tenths of the time of his fellow countryman, Lorenzo. Seeking an improvement in the consistency of his results on his RC212V this weekend, Pedrosa started his quest in promising fashion at a track on which he has won races in three different classes.

Teammate Andrea Dovizioso was 0.094s further back in fourth, while Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Ben Spies put in a hot penultimate lap to shoot up from 15th to fifth inside the final minutes of the session, as he set about learning another new track.

Aleix Espargaró’s improvements continued on board the Pramac Ducati as he set the sixth fastest lap of the session, just under nine-tenths off Lorenzo, whilst Randy de Puniet is also on track for another good result at Catalunya having finished seventh and just 0.06s behind Espargaró.

Nicky Hayden made a step up towards the end of the session to move into eighth spot, with Colin Edwards and Marco Simoncelli also posting top-ten lap times.

The only crash of the session occurred 23 minutes in when Álvaro Bautista fell on his tenth lap whilst running fifth fastest, with his team checking to see if a problem with his Rizla Suzuki GSV-R had caused the crash. The rookie was back out shortly after and completed a further ten laps, eventually finishing 12th – one spot behind teammate Loris Capirossi – despite having banged his injured shoulder once again in the crash.

San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Melandri was 14th, a brave ride from the Italian, who looked to be in some pain with the shoulder injury and fractured sternum he sustained in a practice crash at Assen just eight days ago.

Wataru Yoshikawa started his first GP weekend as Valentino Rossi’s substitute on the Fiat Yamaha team and was 17th fastest, just behind Kousuke Akiyoshi who continues to fill in for the injured Hiroshi Aoyama on the Interwetten Honda.

MotoGP – FP1 – Barcelona, Friday, July 02, 2010

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
199Jorge LORENZOSPAFiat
Yamaha Team
Yamaha322.41’43.259
227Casey STONERAUSDucati
Team
Ducati321.81’43.4120.153 /
0.153
326Dani PEDROSASPARepsol
Honda Team
Honda327.21’43.6310.372 /
0.219
44Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol
Honda Team
Honda322.81’43.7250.466 /
0.094
511Ben SPIESUSAMonster
Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha321.11’43.8540.595 /
0.129
641Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPramac
Racing Team
Ducati319.11’44.1360.877 /
0.282
714Randy DE PUNIETFRALCR
Honda MotoGP
Honda321.21’44.1960.937 /
0.060
869Nicky HAYDENUSADucati
Team
Ducati324.91’44.4401.181 /
0.244
95Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster
Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha318.21’44.5511.292 /
0.111
1058Marco SIMONCELLIITASan
Carlo Honda Gresini
Honda321.51’44.6341.375 /
0.083
1165Loris CAPIROSSIITARizla
Suzuki MotoGP
Suzuki323.21’44.6411.382 /
0.007
1219Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla
Suzuki MotoGP
Suzuki319.21’44.6921.433 /
0.051
1336Mika KALLIOFINPramac
Racing Team
Ducati318.61’44.7451.486 /
0.053
1433Marco MELANDRIITASan
Carlo Honda Gresini
Honda324.01’44.8061.547 /
0.061
1540Hector BARBERASPAPaginas
Amarillas Aspar
Ducati321.41’45.0041.745 /
0.198
1664Kousuke AKIYOSHIJPNInterwetten
Honda MotoGP
Honda313.71’47.7574.498 /
2.753
178Wataru
YOSHIKAWA
JPNFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha318.31’48.0154.756 / 0.258

Moto2

Eager to delight a strong home crowd this weekend at Catalunya and with a Championship lead to maintain, Toni Elías made the perfect start by topping the opening practice session with a best lap of 1’48.425. The Gresini Racing Moto2 rider posted his effort on the 23rd of 25 laps, placing him 0.107s clear at the head of the timesheet.

Following him was Sergio Gadea who is looking to return to the scoring positions this weekend after his run of registering points in every race so far was broken at Assen. At just over a tenth off Elías, Gadea was 0.09s faster than Shoya Tomizawa, although it is the Japanese rider who lies second in the Championship standings ahead of Sunday’s race.

Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 rider Tom Luthi continued to impress with the fourth fastest time, just eight-thousandths off Tomizawa. The Swiss rider, who has ridden in the last two races – finishing on the podium in each and currently lying third in the standings – with a damaged collarbone, only had surgery last Saturday after Assen but was again on the pace here in Catalunya. In fifth was Andrea Iannone, who comes into this weekend off the back of his second win of 2010 at Assen.

Completing the top-eight positions were Gabor Talmacsi , Yonny Hernández and Julián Simón, with Jules Cluzel and Scott Redding both within 0.534s of Elías as they registered top-ten times as well.

Vladimir Leonov, Iannone, Redding, Cluzel, Alex de Angelis and Raffaele De Rosa all ran off track, but none were prevented from completing the session as a result.

Moto2 – FP1 – Barcelona, Friday, July 02, 2010

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
124Toni ELIASSPAGresini
Racing Moto2
Moriwaki272.61’48.425
240Sergio GADEASPATenerife
40 Pons
Pons Kalex277.11’48.5320.107 /
0.107
348Shoya TOMIZAWAJPNTechnomag-CIPSuter272.51’48.6220.197 / 0.090
412Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten
Moriwaki Moto2
Moriwaki273.61’48.6300.205 /
0.008
529Andrea IANNONEITAFimmco
Speed Up
Speed Up279.61’48.7430.318 /
0.113
62Gabor TALMACSIHUNFimmco
Speed Up
Speed Up273.61’48.8480.423 /
0.105
768Yonny HERNANDEZCOLBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2268.11’48.8490.424 / 0.001
860Julian SIMONSPAMapfre
Aspar Team
Suter276.61’48.8540.429 /
0.005
916Jules CLUZELFRAForward
Racing
Suter275.41’48.8670.442 /
0.013
1045Scott REDDINGGBRMarc
VDS Racing Team
Suter271.41’48.9590.534 /
0.092
1125Alex BALDOLINIITACaretta
Technology Race Dept
I.C.P.273.01’49.0330.608 /
0.074
1244Roberto ROLFOITAItaltrans
S.T.R.
Suter273.91’49.1990.774 /
0.166
1315Alex DE ANGELISRSMRSM
Team Scot
Force GP210274.91’49.2120.787 /
0.013
1417Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion
AB Motoracing
FTR275.21’49.2160.791 /
0.004
1572Yuki TAKAHASHIJPNTech
3 Racing
Tech 3277.11’49.3650.940 /
0.149
169Kenny NOYESUSAJack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris275.51’49.3720.947 / 0.007
1759Niccolo CANEPAITARSM
Team Scot
Force GP210273.41’49.3910.966 /
0.019
1863Mike DI MEGLIOFRAMapfre
Aspar Team
Suter277.11’49.4150.990 /
0.024
1914Ratthapark
WILAIROT
THAThai Honda PTT Singha SAGBimota274.81’49.5821.157 / 0.167
2071Claudio CORTIITAForward
Racing
Suter274.21’49.5841.159 /
0.002
2131Carmelo MORALESSPATenerife
40 Pons
Pons Kalex269.71’49.6181.193 /
0.034
223Simone CORSIITAJIR
Moto2
Motobi277.51’49.6291.204 /
0.011
2335Raffaele DE
ROSA
ITATech 3 RacingTech 3272.51’49.7681.343 / 0.139
2452Lukas PESEKCZEMatteoni
CP Racing
Moriwaki272.21’49.8661.441 /
0.098
2555Hector FAUBELSPAMarc
VDS Racing Team
Suter272.31’49.9221.497 /
0.056
2677Dominique
AEGERTER
SWITechnomag-CIPSuter274.31’49.9861.561 / 0.064
2719Xavier SIMEONBELHoliday
Gym G22
Moriwaki270.31’50.0411.616 /
0.055
2876Bernat MARTINEZSPAMaquinza-SAG
Team
Bimota265.61’50.0811.656 /
0.040
294Ricard CARDUSSPAViessmann
Kiefer Racing
Suter271.71’50.1641.739 /
0.083
3018Jordi TORRESSPAMR
Griful
Promoharris267.11’50.1971.772 /
0.033
316Alex DEBONSPAAeroport
de Castello – Ajo
FTR272.31’50.2781.853 /
0.081
3261Vladimir IVANOVUKRGresini
Racing Moto2
Moriwaki270.91’50.2971.872 /
0.019
337Dani RIVASSPAMR
Griful
Promoharris270.71’50.3271.902 /
0.030
348Anthony WESTAUSMZ
Racing Team
MZ-RE Honda272.31’50.3321.907 /
0.005
3553Valentin DEBISEFRAWTR
San Marino Team
ADV272.71’50.3721.947 /
0.040
3610Fonsi NIETOSPAHoliday
Gym G22
Moriwaki273.81’50.4292.004 /
0.057
3711Yusuke TESHIMAJPNJIR
Moto2
TSR274.31’50.4992.074 /
0.070
3821Vladimir LEONOVRUSVector
Kiefer Racing
Suter267.11’50.5952.170 /
0.096
3941Arne TODEGERRacing
Team Germany
Suter275.41’50.6192.194 /
0.024
405Joan OLIVESPAJack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris271.41’50.6212.196 / 0.002
4139Robertino PIETRIVENItaltrans
S.T.R.
Suter270.11’51.3822.957 /
0.761
4295Mashel AL NAIMIQATBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2274.71’51.5963.171 / 0.214

125 GP

Marc Márquez matched the scorching weather conditions in Barcelona on Friday afternoon by setting the hottest lap of FP1, topping the opening 125cc session of the weekend with a best time of 1’51.219. The Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider is seeking his fourth straight win of 2010 at his home GP and made his intentions clear during the hour-long practice.

Second on the timesheet and searching for his second podium of the season, Bradley Smith was 0.246s off Márquez with the British rider’s Bancaja Aspar team-mate and current Championship leader Nico Terol in third, over half a second off his colleague’s pace as he made himself the final rider under the 1’52” mark. Pol Espargaró, who crashed without injury during the session, was a further 0.019s back in fourth.

The gap to fifth-placed Efrén Vázquez was far more substantial at 1.269s, just over two seconds off Márquez’s pace at the front. Jonas Folger, Sandro Cortese, Johann Zarco, Randy Krummenacher and Esteve Rabat were separated by less than two-tenths as they completed the top ten. British rider, Danny Webb, was 12th.

As well as Espargaró there were crashes for wildcard rider Peter Sebestyen and Louis Rossi towards the end of the session with none experiencing any lasting effects.

125cc GP – FP1 – Barcelona, Friday, July 02, 2010

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
193Marc MARQUEZSPARed
Bull Ajo Motorsport
Derbi233.51’51.219
238Bradley SMITHGBRBancaja
Aspar Team
Aprilia229.91’51.4650.246 /
0.246
340Nicolas TEROLSPABancaja
Aspar Team
Aprilia231.61’51.9830.764 /
0.518
444Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti
Racing
Derbi228.81’52.0020.783 /
0.019
57Efren VAZQUEZSPATuenti
Racing
Derbi226.51’53.2712.052 /
1.269
694Jonas FOLGERGEROngetta
Team
Aprilia226.71’53.4502.231 /
0.179
711Sandro CORTESEGERAvant
Mitsubishi Ajo
Derbi223.11’53.4982.279 /
0.048
814Johann ZARCOFRAWTR
San Marino Team
Aprilia228.51’53.5132.294 /
0.015
935Randy
KRUMMENACHER
SWIStipa-Molenaar Racing GPAprilia229.01’53.5342.315 / 0.021
1012Esteve RABATSPABlusens-STXAprilia224.31’53.6222.403 / 0.088
1171Tomoyoshi KOYAMAJPNRacing
Team Germany
Aprilia223.31’53.7872.568 /
0.165
1299Danny WEBBGBRAndalucia
Cajasol
Aprilia224.61’53.7962.577 /
0.009
1350Sturla
FAGERHAUG
NORAirAsia – Sepang Int. CircuitAprilia225.11’53.9262.707 / 0.130
1439Luis SALOMSPAStipa-Molenaar
Racing GP
Aprilia227.51’53.9522.733 /
0.026
1563Zulfahmi
KHAIRUDDIN
MALAirAsia – Sepang Int. CircuitAprilia224.41’54.4323.213 / 0.480
1615Simone GROTZKYJITAFontana
Racing
Aprilia229.31’54.4533.234 /
0.021
175Alexis MASBOUFRAOngetta
Team
Aprilia225.61’54.8703.651 /
0.417
1853Jasper IWEMANEDCBC
Corse
Aprilia224.51’55.1653.946 /
0.295
1923Alberto MONCAYOSPAAndalucia
Cajasol
Aprilia221.91’55.3284.109 /
0.163
2026Adrian MARTINSPAAeroport
de Castello – Ajo
Aprilia225.81’55.3374.118 /
0.009
2155Isaac VIÑALESSPACatalunya
Racing Team
Aprilia219.61’55.3514.132 /
0.014
2284Jakub KORNFEILCZERacing
Team Germany
Aprilia221.21’55.7574.538 /
0.406
2359Johnny ROSELLSPASAG
Castrol
Honda218.81’55.9054.686 /
0.148
2478Marcel SCHROTTERGERInterwetten
Honda 125
Honda224.31’55.9354.716 /
0.030
2569Louis ROSSIFRACBC
Corse
Aprilia220.41’56.0584.839 /
0.123
2658Joan PERELLOSPASAG
Castrol
Honda215.41’56.6515.432 /
0.593
2760Michael VAN
DER MARK
NEDLambretta Reparto CorseLambretta216.21’56.7875.568 / 0.136
2887Luca MARCONIITAOngetta
Team
Aprilia219.61’56.8355.616 /
0.048
2932Lorenzo
SAVADORI
ITAMatteoni CP RacingAprilia219.11’56.9625.743 / 0.127
3072Marco RAVAIOLIITALambretta
Reparto Corse
Lambretta217.41’57.7456.526 /
0.783
56Peter SEBESTYENHUNRight
Guard Racing
Aprilia209.71’59.9578.738 /
2.212
17Eduard LOPEZSPACatalunya
Racing Team
Aprilia