Motorcycle Racing News 2011 Assen TT MotoGP: FP1 Results

2011 Assen TT MotoGP: FP1 Results


2011 MotoGP

Just like the Silverstone MotoGP race, the grid experienced a soaked track for the first free practice session at TT Assen Thursday.

And in the wet, nobody could catch San Carlo Gresini Honda’s Marco Simoncelli and Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi.

The Italians Simoncelli and Rossi swapped the lead time throughout FP1, but it was Simoncelli who took the top time. He would lap the Dutch circutit 0.360 of a second ahead or Valentino Rossi, who is competing on the Ducati Team GP11.1, an updated version of his prototype.

Taking the third quickest time at FP1 in Assen was the series leader, Respol Honda’s Casey Stoner. Stoner, who will be chasing his fifth win of the 2011 MotoGP Championship this Saturday, was 0.131 of a second behind Valentino Rossi.

Rounding out the top five fastest times were Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso and the reigning MotoGP Champion, Jorge Lorenzo on the Yamaha Factory Racing M1. Cal Cructhlow, who broke his collarbone two weeks ago at the wet Silverstone race, only competed 13 laps, but was sixth fastest.

The other big news for Assen MotoGP was Hiroshi Aoyama substituting for the recovering Dani Pedrosa, who broke his shoulder in Le Mans; Aoyama was 12th fastest on the Repsol Honda Rc212V.

Riders will be back on the Assen TT circuit this afternoon for FP2, and FP3 and qualifying on Friday. Untypical of normal MotoGP, the race will occur this Saturday instead of Sunday.

2011 Assen MotoGP: Free Practice 1 Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 259.9 1’49.036
2. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 262.0 1’49.396 0.360 / 0.360
3. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 279.3 1’49.527 0.491 / 0.131
4. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 264.3 1’49.640 0.604 / 0.113
5. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 252.4 1’49.995 0.959 / 0.355
6. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 277.6 1’50.386 1.350 / 0.391
7. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 269.1 1’50.413 1.377 / 0.027
8. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 245.7 1’50.968 1.932 / 0.555
9. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 258.4 1’51.277 2.241 / 0.309
10. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 260.4 1’51.590 2.554 / 0.313
11. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 244.5 1’52.646 3.610 / 1.056
12. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Repsol Honda Team Honda 249.3 1’53.132 4.096 / 0.486
13. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 249.6 1’53.164 4.128 / 0.032
14. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 253.5 1’53.323 4.287 / 0.159
15. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 247.1 1’53.348 4.312 / 0.025
16. 64 Kousuke AKIYOSHI JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 243.1 1’53.353 4.317 / 0.005
17. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 250.1 1’53.562 4.526 / 0.209

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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