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. 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 1st/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