Silvestone MotoGP: Friday FP Results

2011 MotoGP

Same results, different track. This seems to be the trend in MotoGP Free Practice sessions for one rider, Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner.

Every since he made his move from Ducati to Honda for the 2011 MotoGP Championship, the Australian has been the alpha rider. Stoner won three out of five rounds, and is easily the favorite heading into this weekend’s Silverstone MotoGP.

And although weather conditions were a mixed with both cold temperatures and rain, Stoner solidified his reason for being the favorite; he simply dominated the first two of three free practice sessions Friday.

In FP1, Stoner set the pace with a 2:03.748, followed six-tenths of a second behind by San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli, who was summoned by Race Direction last weekend due to the Le Mans MotoGP crash with Dani Pedrosa. The Spaniard Pedrosa would break his right collarbone in the crash, forcing him to miss last week’s Catalunya and this weekend’s Silverstone event (for a report, click here).

Taking the third fastest time in FP1 was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo. Not far behind was the highest-placed Ducati rider, Nicky Hayden, with Stoner’s teammate Andrea Dovizioso rounding out the top five in Silverstone MotoGP FP1.

Weather conditions worsened for the second free practice, and although Stoner was again fastest, his time was 12 seconds slower than his FP1 times. Again second fastest in the afternoon MotoGP practice session was Simoncelli.

Hayden upped his FP1 position to third, and he was followed by the rookie at his home track in fourth, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow. Rounding out the top five fastest MotoGP times in FP2 at Silverstone was Lorenzo.

As for nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, the Ducati rider again struggled with the Ducati GP11’s setup, and was 12th quickest in FP1, ninth in FP2.

Another notable rider was Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Colin Edwards; the Texan broke his collarbone during a one-man crash while practicing for Catalunya MotoGP, but was cleared to ride this weekend at Silverstone; he finished dead last in both free practice MotoGP sessions, but just as his 141 consecutive GP starts attest, Edwards shows much dedication to the sport.

The 16-rider MotoGP grid (short Dani Pedrosa) will be on the Silverstone Circuit early Saturday for the third Free Practice session before qualifying. Check back with UltimateMotorCycling.com for updates as they become available.

2011 Silverstone MotoGP: FP1 Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 311.4 2’03.748  
2. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 304.6 2’04.407 0.659 / 0.659
3. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 305.3 2’04.756 1.008 / 0.349
4. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 302.3 2’04.778 1.030 / 0.022
5. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 309.0 2’04.910 1.162 / 0.132
6. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 305.1 2’05.007 1.259 / 0.097
7. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 304.6 2’05.130 1.382 / 0.123
8. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 307.9 2’06.158 2.410 / 1.028
9. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 306.7 2’06.274 2.526 / 0.116
10. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 299.1 2’06.573 2.825 / 0.299
11. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 299.5 2’06.774 3.026 / 0.201
12. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 302.0 2’07.075 3.327 / 0.301
13. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 306.9 2’07.459 3.711 / 0.384
14. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 305.5 2’07.616 3.868 / 0.157
15. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 299.6 2’08.225 4.477 / 0.609
16. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 300.5 2’09.310 5.562 / 1.085

2011 Silverstone MotoGP: FP2 Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 304.8 2’15.666  
2. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 298.4 2’16.463 0.797 / 0.797
3. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 296.1 2’17.070 1.404 / 0.607
4. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 298.5 2’18.109 2.443 / 1.039
5. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 299.0 2’18.683 3.017 / 0.574
6. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 300.3 2’18.783 3.117 / 0.100
7. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 296.6 2’18.820 3.154 / 0.037
8. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 294.7 2’19.009 3.343 / 0.189
9. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 293.5 2’19.435 3.769 / 0.426
10. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 293.1 2’19.612 3.946 / 0.177
11. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 298.5 2’20.337 4.671 / 0.725
12. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 290.7 2’20.607 4.941 / 0.270
13. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 296.3 2’20.639 4.973 / 0.032
14. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 291.7 2’20.982 5.316 / 0.343
15. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 304.8 2’21.026 5.360 / 0.044
16. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 271.4 2’24.724 9.058 / 3.698

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