Motorcycle Racing News 2011 Le Mans MotoGP: FP2 Results

2011 Le Mans MotoGP: FP2 Results


France MotoGP Free Practice

During the second MotoGP Free Practice session at Le Mans Friday, Casey Stoner again showed domination aboard the Repsol Honda RC212V.

The Australian was four-tenths quicker than his FP1 time, which allowed him to further shatter the Le Mans circuit record set by Valentino Rossi in 2008.

By the time FP2 was complete, Stoner had posted a 1:33.782, which was 0.404 of a second quicker than the second fastest rider, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli.

The Italian Simoncelli also picked up four tenths of a second quicker than his FP1 lap times. Simoncelli was expected to be fast at Le Mans, considering he has finished on the podium twice there while competing in the former 250cc class, and also was quickest at the MotoGP test session two weeks ago at Estoril.

Third fastest in FP2 for Le Mans MotoGP was Stoner’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa. He was the only rider to not improve on his FP1 time, and actually was five-hundredths of a second slower.

The American Nicky Hayden had a late-session charge aboard the Ducati Team GP11, and beat out the reigning MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) for fourth quickest. Lorenzo, who won Le Mans MotoGP the past two years, was half a second quicker than he was in FP1.

As for Rossi, he fell back in time, finishing ninth fastest aboard the Ducati Team GP11.

The MotoGP grid will be back on Le Mans Saturday morning for FP3 and then qualifying before Sunday’s French Grand Prix.

2011 Le Mans MotoGP: Free Practice 2 Results:


Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 288.5 1’33.782
2. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 282.9 1’34.186 0.404 / 0.404
3. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 272.8 1’34.478 0.696 / 0.292
4. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 282.6 1’34.652 0.870 / 0.174
5. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 277.5 1’34.659 0.877 / 0.007
6. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 282.1 1’34.705 0.923 / 0.046
7. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 277.8 1’34.939 1.157 / 0.234
8. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 286.6 1’34.959 1.177 / 0.020
9. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 285.5 1’34.966 1.184 / 0.007
10. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 288.9 1’34.976 1.194 / 0.010
11. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 283.8 1’34.998 1.216 / 0.022
12. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 287.8 1’35.158 1.376 / 0.160
13. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 279.4 1’35.383 1.601 / 0.225
14. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 276.4 1’35.902 2.120 / 0.519
15. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 275.6 1’35.992 2.210 / 0.090
16. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 275.0 1’36.304 2.522 / 0.312
17. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 278.7 1’36.327 2.545 / 0.023



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.

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