Silverstone MotoGP: Stoner Leads FP3

2011 MotoGP

When the third and final practice session was complete, Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner had scored another trifecta.

The Australian swapped the lead time with San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli, but towards the end of FP3 Stoner posted a 2:03.487, which remained the top time.

Simoncelli followed 0.233 of a second behind, with 2010 MotoGP Rookie of the Year Ben Spies in third, 0.455 behind Stoner. This is a vast improvement over the Yamaha Factory Racing rider’s Friday times, the American posting the seventh quickest times in both FP1 and FP2.

His teammate and reigning MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo also improved on Friday’s times, but couldn’t catch the top three. Lorenzo trailed Spies by 0.157 of a second.

Silverstone’s home racer, Cal Crutchlow, was fifth fastest in FP3 aboard the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha. He was followed 0.058 of a second behind by Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso, with Nicky Hayden taking the seventh, the fastest Ducati of the morning.

As for Hayden’s teammate, Valentino Rossi, the nine-time World Champion struggled with the GP11, posting the 14th-fastest time.

Another notable was Cructhlow’s teammate Colin Edwards; the Texan improved on his Friday times by four seconds as he recovers from breaking his shoulder at Catalunya.

The 16-rider MotoGP grid (short Dani Pedrosa) is currently qualifying. Stay clicked to UltimateMotorCycling.com for the results.

2011 Silverstone 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 310.3 2’03.487  
2. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 307.5 2’03.720 0.233 / 0.233
3. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 305.8 2’03.942 0.455 / 0.222
4. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 306.7 2’04.099 0.612 / 0.157
5. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 305.3 2’04.314 0.827 / 0.215
6. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 310.1 2’04.372 0.885 / 0.058
7. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 304.6 2’05.250 1.763 / 0.878
8. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 305.4 2’05.496 2.009 / 0.246
9. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 307.8 2’05.570 2.083 / 0.074
10. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 302.5 2’05.589 2.102 / 0.019
11. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 303.1 2’05.780 2.293 / 0.191
12. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 303.3 2’05.872 2.385 / 0.092
13. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 306.3 2’05.980 2.493 / 0.108
14. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 304.1 2’06.436 2.949 / 0.456
15. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 306.6 2’06.727 3.240 / 0.291
16. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 300.6 2’07.375 3.888 / 0.648

 

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