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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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 277.1 1’41.362
2. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 271.9 1’45.622 4.260 / 4.260
3. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 272.5 1’49.675 8.313 / 4.053
4. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 276.1 1’50.011 8.649 / 0.336
5. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 259.9 1’50.154 8.792 / 0.143
6. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Repsol Honda Team Honda 262.9 1’50.321 8.959 / 0.167
7. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 260.7 1’50.582 9.220 / 0.261
8. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 265.0 1’53.097 11.735 / 2.515
9. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 268.1 1’53.998 12.636 / 0.901
10. 64 Kousuke AKIYOSHI JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 261.6 1’54.668 13.306 / 0.670
11. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 270.1 2’12.717 31.355 / 18.049
12. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 285.9 2’21.243 39.881 / 8.526
13. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 236.0 3’53.655 2’12.293 / 1’32.412
14. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 222.4 10’58.324 9’16.962 / 7’04.669
5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati
65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati


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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