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Assen MotoGP: FP2 Friday Results

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2011 Assen MotoGP

In an extended Free Practice 2 Friday due to the cancellation of the original session scheduled for Thursday, Marco Simoncelli again set the pace ahead of qualifying, the San Carlo Honda Gresini pilot posting a 1:36.149.

Simoncelli, who was fastest in Thursday’s wet FP1 session, just beat out the current MotoGP points’ leader, Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner, by 0.193 of a second. The man who has won four of six races so far in the 2011 MotoGP Championship was followed closely by Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies, who was 0.067 of a second slower than Stoner.

These quick times were set in the first-half of the 1:30-hour session when the track was cold but dry; the later part of Free Practice 2 at Assen was plagued with rain.

Spies’ teammate Jorge Lorenzo was 0.596 of a second slower than Stoner, and the reignign MotoGP Champion was the last to post under the 1:37 mark.

Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, who was second fastest at Assen on Thursday, was the fifth fastest, 0.502 of a second behind his former teammate. Rossi is currently competing on the updated GP11.1.

Unusual, the three Repsol Honda riders – Stoner, Andrea Dovizioso and Hiroshi Aoyama (filling in for Pedrosa) – all had crasehs within three minutes of each other at the start of the dry session. They all re-entered the session, but Dovi would finish eighth finish, Aoyama in 15th.

2011 Assen MotoGP: Free Practice 2 Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 287.5 1’36.149
2. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 294.4 1’36.342 0.193 / 0.193
3. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 287.7 1’36.409 0.260 / 0.067
4. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 298.8 1’36.745 0.596 / 0.336
5. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 292.4 1’37.247 1.098 / 0.502
6. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 289.1 1’37.332 1.183 / 0.085
7. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 296.2 1’37.386 1.237 / 0.054
8. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 289.0 1’37.661 1.512 / 0.275
9. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 290.2 1’37.724 1.575 / 0.063
10. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 284.2 1’38.276 2.127 / 0.552
11. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 296.6 1’38.282 2.133 / 0.006
12. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 282.1 1’38.427 2.278 / 0.145
13. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 283.3 1’38.929 2.780 / 0.502
14. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 284.3 1’39.032 2.883 / 0.103
15. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Repsol Honda Team Honda 275.6 1’39.197 3.048 / 0.165
16. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 285.5 1’40.243 4.094 / 1.046
17. 64 Kousuke AKIYOSHI JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 279.6 1’40.991 4.842 / 0.748


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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