Motorcycle Racing News Mugello MotoGP: Rain Slows FP2 Progress

Mugello MotoGP: Rain Slows FP2 Progress

2011 MotoGP

Although the morning session was dry, a light rain plagued the second free practice session for Mugello MotoGP Friday afternoon.

Under slightly wet conditions in FP2 that didn’t warrant rain tires, but was too slippery for fast laps, Andrea Dovizioso posted a fastest time of 1:49.272, which was 0.285 of a second slower than FP1’s fastest rider, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli.

Following Dovi in the FP2 session that didn’t merit positive results were LCR Honda’s Toni Elias and Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi. The Italian Rossi had issues with his Ducati GP11.1 in FP1 at Mugello, but didn’t improve much at FP2; he was a full second and a half slower than his 13th-place lap time in FP1.

Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista and Pramac Racing Ducati’s Randy de Puniet rounded out the top five in FP2.

Many riders refused to participate in the wet FP2 session, including Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, and the reigning MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo on the Yamaha Factory Racing M1.

The 16-rider MotoGP grid (short Pramac Racing Ducati’s Loris Capirossi) will be back on the Italian Mugello circuit Saturday morning for the third and final free practice session before qualifying.

For FP1 Friday results, click here.

2011 Mugello MotoGP: Free Practice 2 Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 326.4 1’49.272  
2. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 322.7 1’51.937 2.665 / 2.665
3. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 323.2 1’52.550 3.278 / 0.613
4. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 320.6 1’54.497 5.225 / 1.947
5. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 318.9 1’55.279 6.007 / 0.782
  17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 313.0 1’58.334 9.062 / 3.055
  8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 321.2 1’58.748 9.476 / 0.414
  35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 315.8 1’59.812 10.540 / 1.064
  69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 307.2 2’06.386 17.114 / 6.574
  7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 298.3 2’09.337 20.065 / 2.951
  5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 303.8 2’10.026 20.754 / 0.689
  11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 110.5 2’26.938 37.666 / 16.912
  1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha      
  26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda      
  27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda      
  58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda  

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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