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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda327.71’48.987 
2.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda326.91’49.0270.040 / 0.040
3.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda330.81’49.0880.101 / 0.061
4.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha325.11’49.2510.264 / 0.163
5.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha324.01’49.3640.377 / 0.113
6.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha322.11’49.8100.823 / 0.446
7.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda324.21’50.1041.117 / 0.294
8.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati325.21’50.2031.216 / 0.099
9.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda324.41’50.6291.642 / 0.426
10.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki325.21’50.6581.671 / 0.029
11.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha320.61’50.6831.696 / 0.025
12.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati321.61’50.7291.742 / 0.046
13.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati324.21’50.7801.793 / 0.051
14.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati327.81’51.1532.166 / 0.373
15.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda325.51’51.8682.881 / 0.715
16.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati322.91’51.8762.889 / 0.008