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Valencia MotoGP: Friday Practice Results

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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 27 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Team Ducati 308.1 1’32.897
2. 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 306.6 1’33.455 0.558 / 0.558
3. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 308.0 1’33.500 0.603 / 0.045
4. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 300.4 1’33.631 0.734 / 0.131
5. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 302.0 1’33.714 0.817 / 0.083
6. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 306.1 1’33.757 0.860 / 0.043
7. 40 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 311.1 1’33.857 0.960 / 0.100
8. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 302.9 1’33.899 1.002 / 0.042
9. 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 304.5 1’33.929 1.032 / 0.030
10. 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 301.5 1’34.029 1.132 / 0.100
11. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 302.0 1’34.053 1.156 / 0.024
12. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 310.3 1’34.123 1.226 / 0.070
13. 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 307.3 1’34.160 1.263 / 0.037
14. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 307.2 1’34.506 1.609 / 0.346
15. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 300.8 1’34.864 1.967 / 0.358
16. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 308.8 1’34.904 2.007 / 0.040
17. 71 Carlos CHECA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 302.3 1’35.172 2.275 / 0.26

 2010 Valencia MotoGP FP2 Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 302.3 1’32.690
2. 27 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Team Ducati 304.8 1’33.004 0.314 / 0.314
3. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 301.7 1’33.466 0.776 / 0.462
4. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 299.3 1’33.468 0.778 / 0.002
5. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 305.6 1’33.470 0.780 / 0.002
6. 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 303.0 1’33.528 0.838 / 0.058
7. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 301.9 1’33.535 0.845 / 0.007
8. 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 304.7 1’33.568 0.878 / 0.033
9. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 303.3 1’33.661 0.971 / 0.093
10. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 301.2 1’33.684 0.994 / 0.023
11. 40 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 308.0 1’33.782 1.092 / 0.098
12. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 307.5 1’33.927 1.237 / 0.145
13. 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 301.5 1’33.954 1.264 / 0.027
14. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 305.3 1’34.154 1.464 / 0.200
15. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 299.3 1’34.248 1.558 / 0.094
16. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 303.0 1’34.296 1.606 / 0.048
17. 71 Carlos CHECA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 301.2 1’34.636 1.946 / 0.340

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
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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