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
|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|