Motorcycle Racing News 2011 Le Mans MotoGP: FP3 Results

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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 287.8 1’33.815
2. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 277.3 1’34.075 0.260 / 0.260
3. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 285.6 1’34.244 0.429 / 0.169
4. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 273.8 1’34.545 0.730 / 0.301
5. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 277.8 1’34.954 1.139 / 0.409
6. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 279.3 1’35.051 1.236 / 0.097
7. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 286.1 1’35.280 1.465 / 0.229
8. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 274.5 1’35.281 1.466 / 0.001
9. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 284.0 1’35.302 1.487 / 0.021
10. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 288.8 1’35.442 1.627 / 0.140
11. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 286.9 1’35.645 1.830 / 0.203
12. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 285.0 1’35.799 1.984 / 0.154
13. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 276.1 1’35.979 2.164 / 0.180
14. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 278.3 1’36.091 2.276 / 0.112
15. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 275.8 1’36.268 2.453 / 0.177
16. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 273.1 1’36.370 2.555 / 0.102
17. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 277.7 1’36.467 2.652 / 0.097

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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