2011 Le Mans MotoGP: FP1 Results

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France MotoGP Free Practice

Casey Stoner not only set the fastest time during the first Free Practice session of the France Grand Prix Friday, the Repsol Honda MotoGP pilot also broke the lap record set by Valentino Rossi in 2008.

The Australian Stoner posted a best lap of 1:34.133 during the 45-minute FP1 practice session at Le Mans, 0.082 of a second quicker than Rossi’s record. Stoner has been quick all season, although he suffered a DNF at Jerez after the famed crash with Rossi; he won the opening round of MotoGP in Qatar, and placed third in Estoril two weeks ago. Stoner is currently third in the points standings.

But it wasn’t only Stoner’s Repsol Honda that was quick at the opening practice for Le Mans; taking the second and third fastest times were his teammates, Estoril’s winner Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso.

Pedrosa, who trails the MotoGP Championship Leader Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) by four points was 0.298 of a second slower than Stoner.

Posting the fourth fastest time in FP1 was yet another Honda RC212V, this one ridden by San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli. The Italian has suffered two DNFs at the last two rounds in Jerez and Portugal, but posted the quickest time at the MotoGP test the Monday after the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Taking fifth fastest was Lorenzo aboard the Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-M1, followed by the nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi on the Ducati Team GP11.

Free Practice 2 is set for later today, followed by FP3 and Qualifying on Saturday.

2011 Le Mans MotoGP: Free Practice 1 Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 285.8 1’34.133
2. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 271.2 1’34.431 0.298 / 0.298
3. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 279.9 1’34.808 0.675 / 0.377
4. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 276.4 1’35.029 0.896 / 0.221
5. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 276.9 1’35.165 1.032 / 0.136
6. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 282.8 1’35.414 1.281 / 0.249
7. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 277.4 1’35.687 1.554 / 0.273
8. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 278.2 1’35.721 1.588 / 0.034
9. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 283.5 1’35.731 1.598 / 0.010
10. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 286.1 1’35.743 1.610 / 0.012
11. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 271.4 1’35.871 1.738 / 0.128
12. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 269.9 1’36.410 2.277 / 0.539
13. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 280.5 1’36.448 2.315 / 0.038
14. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 279.4 1’36.510 2.377 / 0.062
15. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 270.7 1’36.997 2.864 / 0.487
16. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 262.3 1’37.036 2.903 / 0.039
17. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 279.6 1’37.154 3.021 / 0.118

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