Assen MotoGP: Rossi Leads Damp WUP

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2011 MotoGP

For the first time in the 2011 MotoGP Championship, Valentino Rossi topped the time sheets.

Although it was only the warm-up practice for today’s Assen TT, Round 7 of the MotoGP Championship, Rossi’s times were impressive in the session that began dry and ended wet; the Italian piloted his Ducati GP11.1, an updated version of his prototype, to a 1:41.263, which was a over four seconds quicker than his former teammate’s time, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo.

Third fastest behind Valentino Rossi, who qualified 11th on the grid, went to Lorenzo’s Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Ben Spies, who will start from second behind pole-sitter Marco Simoncelli. Rounding out the top five were Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda).

MotoGP reports: “A misty drizzle began just after the start of the premier class warm up, which made tire choice and set up a difficult decision, as riders entered and exited the boxes several times for changes to both. With six minutes to go as many as six riders had not completed a full lap. Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda), who start from first and third place in the grid, only appeared on the track at the end of the session to complete a total of three laps each.”

Assen MotoGP Warm Up Practice Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati277.11’41.362
2.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha271.91’45.6224.260 / 4.260
3.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha272.51’49.6758.313 / 4.053
4.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati276.11’50.0118.649 / 0.336
5.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda259.91’50.1548.792 / 0.143
6.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNRepsol Honda TeamHonda262.91’50.3218.959 / 0.167
7.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda260.71’50.5829.220 / 0.261
8.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati265.01’53.09711.735 / 2.515
9.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki268.11’53.99812.636 / 0.901
10.64Kousuke AKIYOSHIJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda261.61’54.66813.306 / 0.670
11.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati270.12’12.71731.355 / 18.049
12.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha285.92’21.24339.881 / 8.526
13.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda236.03’53.6552’12.293 / 1’32.412
14.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda222.410’58.3249’16.962 / 7’04.669
5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha
14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati
65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati