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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda285.81’34.133
2.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda271.21’34.4310.298 / 0.298
3.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda279.91’34.8080.675 / 0.377
4.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda276.41’35.0290.896 / 0.221
5.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha276.91’35.1651.032 / 0.136
6.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati282.81’35.4141.281 / 0.249
7.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati277.41’35.6871.554 / 0.273
8.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati278.21’35.7211.588 / 0.034
9.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha283.51’35.7311.598 / 0.010
10.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha286.11’35.7431.610 / 0.012
11.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha271.41’35.8711.738 / 0.128
12.65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati269.91’36.4102.277 / 0.539
13.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda280.51’36.4482.315 / 0.038
14.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki279.41’36.5102.377 / 0.062
15.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda270.71’36.9972.864 / 0.487
16.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati262.31’37.0362.903 / 0.039
17.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati279.61’37.1543.021 / 0.118