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MotoGP: Free Practice Times Catalunya

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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat

Yamaha Team

Yamaha 322.4 1’43.259
2 27 Casey STONER AUS Ducati

Team

Ducati 321.8 1’43.412 0.153 /

0.153

3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol

Honda Team

Honda 327.2 1’43.631 0.372 /

0.219

4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol

Honda Team

Honda 322.8 1’43.725 0.466 /

0.094

5 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster

Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha 321.1 1’43.854 0.595 /

0.129

6 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac

Racing Team

Ducati 319.1 1’44.136 0.877 /

0.282

7 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR

Honda MotoGP

Honda 321.2 1’44.196 0.937 /

0.060

8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati

Team

Ducati 324.9 1’44.440 1.181 /

0.244

9 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster

Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha 318.2 1’44.551 1.292 /

0.111

10 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San

Carlo Honda Gresini

Honda 321.5 1’44.634 1.375 /

0.083

11 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla

Suzuki MotoGP

Suzuki 323.2 1’44.641 1.382 /

0.007

12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla

Suzuki MotoGP

Suzuki 319.2 1’44.692 1.433 /

0.051

13 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac

Racing Team

Ducati 318.6 1’44.745 1.486 /

0.053

14 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA San

Carlo Honda Gresini

Honda 324.0 1’44.806 1.547 /

0.061

15 40 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas

Amarillas Aspar

Ducati 321.4 1’45.004 1.745 /

0.198

16 64 Kousuke AKIYOSHI JPN Interwetten

Honda MotoGP

Honda 313.7 1’47.757 4.498 /

2.753

17 8 Wataru

YOSHIKAWA

JPN Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 318.3 1’48.015 4.756 / 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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Gresini

Racing Moto2

Moriwaki 272.6 1’48.425
2 40 Sergio GADEA SPA Tenerife

40 Pons

Pons Kalex 277.1 1’48.532 0.107 /

0.107

3 48 Shoya TOMIZAWA JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 272.5 1’48.622 0.197 / 0.090
4 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten

Moriwaki Moto2

Moriwaki 273.6 1’48.630 0.205 /

0.008

5 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Fimmco

Speed Up

Speed Up 279.6 1’48.743 0.318 /

0.113

6 2 Gabor TALMACSI HUN Fimmco

Speed Up

Speed Up 273.6 1’48.848 0.423 /

0.105

7 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 268.1 1’48.849 0.424 / 0.001
8 60 Julian SIMON SPA Mapfre

Aspar Team

Suter 276.6 1’48.854 0.429 /

0.005

9 16 Jules CLUZEL FRA Forward

Racing

Suter 275.4 1’48.867 0.442 /

0.013

10 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc

VDS Racing Team

Suter 271.4 1’48.959 0.534 /

0.092

11 25 Alex BALDOLINI ITA Caretta

Technology Race Dept

I.C.P. 273.0 1’49.033 0.608 /

0.074

12 44 Roberto ROLFO ITA Italtrans

S.T.R.

Suter 273.9 1’49.199 0.774 /

0.166

13 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM RSM

Team Scot

Force GP210 274.9 1’49.212 0.787 /

0.013

14 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion

AB Motoracing

FTR 275.2 1’49.216 0.791 /

0.004

15 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN Tech

3 Racing

Tech 3 277.1 1’49.365 0.940 /

0.149

16 9 Kenny NOYES USA Jack

& Jones by A.Banderas

Promoharris 275.5 1’49.372 0.947 / 0.007
17 59 Niccolo CANEPA ITA RSM

Team Scot

Force GP210 273.4 1’49.391 0.966 /

0.019

18 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Mapfre

Aspar Team

Suter 277.1 1’49.415 0.990 /

0.024

19 14 Ratthapark

WILAIROT

THA Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG Bimota 274.8 1’49.582 1.157 / 0.167
20 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Forward

Racing

Suter 274.2 1’49.584 1.159 /

0.002

21 31 Carmelo MORALES SPA Tenerife

40 Pons

Pons Kalex 269.7 1’49.618 1.193 /

0.034

22 3 Simone CORSI ITA JIR

Moto2

Motobi 277.5 1’49.629 1.204 /

0.011

23 35 Raffaele DE

ROSA

ITA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 272.5 1’49.768 1.343 / 0.139
24 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Matteoni

CP Racing

Moriwaki 272.2 1’49.866 1.441 /

0.098

25 55 Hector FAUBEL SPA Marc

VDS Racing Team

Suter 272.3 1’49.922 1.497 /

0.056

26 77 Dominique

AEGERTER

SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 274.3 1’49.986 1.561 / 0.064
27 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Holiday

Gym G22

Moriwaki 270.3 1’50.041 1.616 /

0.055

28 76 Bernat MARTINEZ SPA Maquinza-SAG

Team

Bimota 265.6 1’50.081 1.656 /

0.040

29 4 Ricard CARDUS SPA Viessmann

Kiefer Racing

Suter 271.7 1’50.164 1.739 /

0.083

30 18 Jordi TORRES SPA MR

Griful

Promoharris 267.1 1’50.197 1.772 /

0.033

31 6 Alex DEBON SPA Aeroport

de Castello – Ajo

FTR 272.3 1’50.278 1.853 /

0.081

32 61 Vladimir IVANOV UKR Gresini

Racing Moto2

Moriwaki 270.9 1’50.297 1.872 /

0.019

33 7 Dani RIVAS SPA MR

Griful

Promoharris 270.7 1’50.327 1.902 /

0.030

34 8 Anthony WEST AUS MZ

Racing Team

MZ-RE Honda 272.3 1’50.332 1.907 /

0.005

35 53 Valentin DEBISE FRA WTR

San Marino Team

ADV 272.7 1’50.372 1.947 /

0.040

36 10 Fonsi NIETO SPA Holiday

Gym G22

Moriwaki 273.8 1’50.429 2.004 /

0.057

37 11 Yusuke TESHIMA JPN JIR

Moto2

TSR 274.3 1’50.499 2.074 /

0.070

38 21 Vladimir LEONOV RUS Vector

Kiefer Racing

Suter 267.1 1’50.595 2.170 /

0.096

39 41 Arne TODE GER Racing

Team Germany

Suter 275.4 1’50.619 2.194 /

0.024

40 5 Joan OLIVE SPA Jack

& Jones by A.Banderas

Promoharris 271.4 1’50.621 2.196 / 0.002
41 39 Robertino PIETRI VEN Italtrans

S.T.R.

Suter 270.1 1’51.382 2.957 /

0.761

42 95 Mashel AL NAIMI QAT Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 274.7 1’51.596 3.171 / 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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1

valignt">st/Prev.

1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Red

Bull Ajo Motorsport

Derbi 233.5 1’51.219
2 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Bancaja

Aspar Team

Aprilia 229.9 1’51.465 0.246 /

0.246

3 40 Nicolas TEROL SPA Bancaja

Aspar Team

Aprilia 231.6 1’51.983 0.764 /

0.518

4 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Tuenti

Racing

Derbi 228.8 1’52.002 0.783 /

0.019

5 7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA Tuenti

Racing

Derbi 226.5 1’53.271 2.052 /

1.269

6 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Ongetta

Team

Aprilia 226.7 1’53.450 2.231 /

0.179

7 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Avant

Mitsubishi Ajo

Derbi 223.1 1’53.498 2.279 /

0.048

8 14 Johann ZARCO FRA WTR

San Marino Team

Aprilia 228.5 1’53.513 2.294 /

0.015

9 35 Randy

KRUMMENACHER

SWI Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 229.0 1’53.534 2.315 / 0.021
10 12 Esteve RABAT SPA Blusens-STX Aprilia 224.3 1’53.622 2.403 / 0.088
11 71 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA JPN Racing

Team Germany

Aprilia 223.3 1’53.787 2.568 /

0.165

12 99 Danny WEBB GBR Andalucia

Cajasol

Aprilia 224.6 1’53.796 2.577 /

0.009

13 50 Sturla

FAGERHAUG

NOR AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 225.1 1’53.926 2.707 / 0.130
14 39 Luis SALOM SPA Stipa-Molenaar

Racing GP

Aprilia 227.5 1’53.952 2.733 /

0.026

15 63 Zulfahmi

KHAIRUDDIN

MAL AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 224.4 1’54.432 3.213 / 0.480
16 15 Simone GROTZKYJ ITA Fontana

Racing

Aprilia 229.3 1’54.453 3.234 /

0.021

17 5 Alexis MASBOU FRA Ongetta

Team

Aprilia 225.6 1’54.870 3.651 /

0.417

18 53 Jasper IWEMA NED CBC

Corse

Aprilia 224.5 1’55.165 3.946 /

0.295

19 23 Alberto MONCAYO SPA Andalucia

Cajasol

Aprilia 221.9 1’55.328 4.109 /

0.163

20 26 Adrian MARTIN SPA Aeroport

de Castello – Ajo

Aprilia 225.8 1’55.337 4.118 /

0.009

21 55 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Catalunya

Racing Team

Aprilia 219.6 1’55.351 4.132 /

0.014

22 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Racing

Team Germany

Aprilia 221.2 1’55.757 4.538 /

0.406

23 59 Johnny ROSELL SPA SAG

Castrol

Honda 218.8 1’55.905 4.686 /

0.148

24 78 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Interwetten

Honda 125

Honda 224.3 1’55.935 4.716 /

0.030

25 69 Louis ROSSI FRA CBC

Corse

Aprilia 220.4 1’56.058 4.839 /

0.123

26 58 Joan PERELLO SPA SAG

Castrol

Honda 215.4 1’56.651 5.432 /

0.593

27 60 Michael VAN

DER MARK

NED Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 216.2 1’56.787 5.568 / 0.136
28 87 Luca MARCONI ITA Ongetta

Team

Aprilia 219.6 1’56.835 5.616 /

0.048

29 32 Lorenzo

SAVADORI

ITA Matteoni CP Racing Aprilia 219.1 1’56.962 5.743 / 0.127
30 72 Marco RAVAIOLI ITA Lambretta

Reparto Corse

Lambretta 217.4 1’57.745 6.526 /

0.783

56 Peter SEBESTYEN HUN Right

Guard Racing

Aprilia 209.7 1’59.957 8.738 /

2.212

17 Eduard LOPEZ SPA Catalunya

Racing Team

Aprilia

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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