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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda259.91’49.036
2.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati262.01’49.3960.360 / 0.360
3.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda279.31’49.5270.491 / 0.131
4.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda264.31’49.6400.604 / 0.113
5.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha252.41’49.9950.959 / 0.355
6.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha277.61’50.3861.350 / 0.391
7.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati269.11’50.4131.377 / 0.027
8.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha245.71’50.9681.932 / 0.555
9.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati258.41’51.2772.241 / 0.309
10.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha260.41’51.5902.554 / 0.313
11.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati244.51’52.6463.610 / 1.056
12.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNRepsol Honda TeamHonda249.31’53.1324.096 / 0.486
13.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki249.61’53.1644.128 / 0.032
14.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda253.51’53.3234.287 / 0.159
15.65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati247.11’53.3484.312 / 0.025
16.64Kousuke AKIYOSHIJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda243.11’53.3534.317 / 0.005
17.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati250.11’53.5624.526 / 0.209