Valencia MotoGP: Friday Practice Results

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MotoGP Friday Practice Report

The final round of the 2010 MotoGP Championship got underway on Friday with the first two of three practice sessions for the Valencia Grand Prix.

After being a half-second behind the fastest rider in Free Practice 1, 2010 MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo regained his usual fastest position. The Spaniard posted a 1:32.690 in Free Practice 2, which became the fastest lap on Friday.

Once qualifying begins after Free Practice 3 on Saturday, Lorenzo will be chasing his eight podium of a season; he took victory at the Portugal MotoGP last weekend from the pole.

Jorge Lorenzo says: “Today was a good day. We started strongly from the first moment and I am feeling so confident, plus my bike is working very well here. We need to continue like this tomorrow and make a few small steps forward with our setting.”

“I am so happy to be riding at home again, in front of the Spanish fans here at Cheste as the World Champion. I hope we are strong again tomorrow where I have a very special helmet to show everyone!”

Second fastest out of both sessions combined was Casey Stoner. The Ducati Team GP10 rider was the only one to edge Lorenzo out during FP1. Third fastest out of the combined sessions was Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Colin Edwards.

Following is a breakdown of both 45-minute Friday free practice sessions.

Valencia MotoGP Friday Free Practice 1:

The first practice on Friday was dominated by Stoner. The Australian posted a 1:32.897, and was the only rider to break the 1:33 mark.

Lorenzo trailed Stoner by 0.558 of a second. Very close to Lorenzo’s time was Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso; the Italian posted 1:33.500, only 0.045 of a second behind Lorenzo.

The rookie Marco Simoncelli was fourth fastest on his San Carlo Honda Greisini, beating out nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi.

Ducati Team rider Nicky Hayden was sixth fastest, followed by Hector Barbera riding for Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati satellite team. LCR Honda rider Randy de Puniet was eight fastest.

Although he continues to recovered from dislocating his ankle at last weekend’s sighting lap for Estoril MotoGP, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Ben Spies hustled and was able to post the ninth quickest time.

But this didn’t come without incident; the 2010 Rookie of the Year went down on Turn 6, but was able to get up and walk away from the crash.

Rounding out the top ten was Pramac Racing Ducati rider Aleix Espargaros.

Valencia MotoGP Free Practice 2

After being crushed by Stoner’s times, Lorenzo fought back in FP2 and ousted the Australian. Lorenzo’s lap, 1:32,690, not only became the fastest in FP2, but also the fastest of the day.

Stoner wasn’t far behind, the Ducati GP10 man only 0.314 of a second behind Lorenzo. Both riders were the only ones to post under the 1:33 mark.

The third fastest was Edwards, who posted a 1:33.466. But two MotoGP riders were within 0.004 of Edwards, Simoncelli and Dovizioso, respectively.

After crashing in FP1 and only placing his M1 in ninth, Spies came back at FP2 to post the sixth fastest time. Seventh and eight quickest were de Puniet and Simoncelli’s teammate, Marco Melandri.

Meanwhile, Rossi struggled with grip, and was only ninth fastest. The American Hayden followed in tenth.

2010 Valencia MotoGP FP1 Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.27Casey STONERAUSDucati TeamDucati308.11’32.897
2.99Jorge LORENZOSPAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha306.61’33.4550.558 / 0.558
3.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda308.01’33.5000.603 / 0.045
4.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda300.41’33.6310.734 / 0.131
5.46Valentino ROSSIITAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha302.01’33.7140.817 / 0.083
6.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati306.11’33.7570.860 / 0.043
7.40Hector BARBERASPAPaginas Amarillas AsparDucati311.11’33.8570.960 / 0.100
8.14Randy DE PUNIETFRALCR Honda MotoGPHonda302.91’33.8991.002 / 0.042
9.11Ben SPIESUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha304.51’33.9291.032 / 0.030
10.41Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPramac Racing TeamDucati301.51’34.0291.132 / 0.100
11.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha302.01’34.0531.156 / 0.024
12.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda310.31’34.1231.226 / 0.070
13.33Marco MELANDRIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda307.31’34.1601.263 / 0.037
14.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki307.21’34.5061.609 / 0.346
15.65Loris CAPIROSSIITARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki300.81’34.8641.967 / 0.358
16.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNInterwetten Honda MotoGPHonda308.81’34.9042.007 / 0.040
17.71Carlos CHECASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati302.31’35.1722.275 / 0.26

 2010 Valencia MotoGP FP2 Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.99Jorge LORENZOSPAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha302.31’32.690
2.27Casey STONERAUSDucati TeamDucati304.81’33.0040.314 / 0.314
3.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha301.71’33.4660.776 / 0.462
4.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda299.31’33.4680.778 / 0.002
5.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda305.61’33.4700.780 / 0.002
6.11Ben SPIESUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha303.01’33.5280.838 / 0.058
7.14Randy DE PUNIETFRALCR Honda MotoGPHonda301.91’33.5350.845 / 0.007
8.33Marco MELANDRIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda304.71’33.5680.878 / 0.033
9.46Valentino ROSSIITAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha303.31’33.6610.971 / 0.093
10.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati301.21’33.6840.994 / 0.023
11.40Hector BARBERASPAPaginas Amarillas AsparDucati308.01’33.7821.092 / 0.098
12.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda307.51’33.9271.237 / 0.145
13.41Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPramac Racing TeamDucati301.51’33.9541.264 / 0.027
14.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNInterwetten Honda MotoGPHonda305.31’34.1541.464 / 0.200
15.65Loris CAPIROSSIITARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki299.31’34.2481.558 / 0.094
16.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki303.01’34.2961.606 / 0.048
17.71Carlos CHECASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati301.21’34.6361.946 / 0.340