MotoGP: Mugello Free Practice 1 Results

2011 MotoGP

Following the live timing at the first free practice session for Mugello, Round 8 of the 2011 MotoGP Championship, it looked as if it’d be another top run from Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner.

But during the last minute of a dry FP1, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli stole the top lap time, posting a 1:48:987. The Italian just beat out Stoner by 0.040 of a second, with Stoner’s teammate Andrea Dovizioso 0.101 back at Mugello.

The crowd favorite, Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, had mechanical failure on his GP11.1, and was assisted by Mugello track marshals as they pushed the bike into the pits.

Following the three Honda RC212Vs was the Yamaha Factory Riding duo of Jorge Lorenzo and last week’s Assen winner, Ben Spies. Lorenzo set a 1:49.252 aboard the M1, with Spies only a tenth of a second behind.

Another Yamaha followed, this one piloted by Spies’ fellow Texan Colin Edwards.. The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider beat out Dani Pedrosa, who returns after a three-race haitus due to the collarbone he broke in the controversial crash with Simoncelli at Le Mans. Last year Pedrosa dominated Mugello, leading every lap from the pole position.

Eight quickest was Rossi’s Ducati MotoGP teammate Nikcy Hayden. Rounding out the top ten were Hiroshi Aoyama, who returns to his San Carlo Honda Gresini after substituting for Pedrosa last week in Assen, and Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista.

Although Pedrosa returns, the grid is still lacking a rider, Pramac Racing Ducati’s Loris Capirossi. The Italian fractured some ribs in an Assen crash.

2011 Mugello MotoGP: Free Practice 1 Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 327.7 1’48.987  
2. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 326.9 1’49.027 0.040 / 0.040
3. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 330.8 1’49.088 0.101 / 0.061
4. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 325.1 1’49.251 0.264 / 0.163
5. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 324.0 1’49.364 0.377 / 0.113
6. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 322.1 1’49.810 0.823 / 0.446
7. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 324.2 1’50.104 1.117 / 0.294
8. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 325.2 1’50.203 1.216 / 0.099
9. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 324.4 1’50.629 1.642 / 0.426
10. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 325.2 1’50.658 1.671 / 0.029
11. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 320.6 1’50.683 1.696 / 0.025
12. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 321.6 1’50.729 1.742 / 0.046
13. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 324.2 1’50.780 1.793 / 0.051
14. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 327.8 1’51.153 2.166 / 0.373
15. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 325.5 1’51.868 2.881 / 0.715
16. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 322.9 1’51.876 2.889 / 0.008