2011 Le Mans MotoGP: FP3 Results

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The Honda RC212V continued its domination during the third and final free practice session for the 2011 Le Mans MotoGP race this weekend.

And leading the pack once again was the Australian Casey Stoner on the Repsol Honda, although his Saturday morning FP3 time slowed a tenth of a second from Friday to 1:33.815. Through all three Free Practice sessions, Stoner continually broke the 2008 circuit record set by Valentino Rossi in 2008.

Second was San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli, who stalked Stoner 0.260 of a second behind. Taking the third and fourth quickest times were Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa, respectively.

Honda MotoGP machines have been fast at Le Mans since the start of the 800cc era, taking podium positions every year since 2007: former MotoGP rider Marco Melandri took second in 2007, Pedrosa third in 2009, and Dovizioso third in 2010.

Taking the fifth fastest time was the American Nicky Hayden on the Ducati Team MotoGP machine, followed by the reigning MotoGP Champion, Jorge Lorenzo. The Yamaha Facotry Racing rider Lorenzo has won at Le Mans for the past two seasons.

Valentino Rossi bettered his ninth-fastest overall time on Friday to sixth fastest; the Ducati Team rider Rossi has been on the podium seven times at Le Mans, including three wins.

Next up is qualifying for France MotoGP.

2011 Le Mans MotoGP: Free Practice 3 Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda287.81’33.815
2.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda277.31’34.0750.260 / 0.260
3.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda285.61’34.2440.429 / 0.169
4.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda273.81’34.5450.730 / 0.301
5.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati277.81’34.9541.139 / 0.409
6.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha279.31’35.0511.236 / 0.097
7.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati286.11’35.2801.465 / 0.229
8.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha274.51’35.2811.466 / 0.001
9.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha284.01’35.3021.487 / 0.021
10.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha288.81’35.4421.627 / 0.140
11.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda286.91’35.6451.830 / 0.203
12.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati285.01’35.7991.984 / 0.154
13.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki276.11’35.9792.164 / 0.180
14.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati278.31’36.0912.276 / 0.112
15.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati275.81’36.2682.453 / 0.177
16.65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati273.11’36.3702.555 / 0.102
17.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda277.71’36.4672.652 / 0.097