Germany MotoGP: Simoncelli Tops FP1

2011 Sachsenring MotoGP

The opening practice session for Round 9 of the 2011 MotoGP Championship at Sachsenring, Germany, began with cold and windy conditions Friday morning.

Due to this, many riders crashed, including Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi; the Italian went down at the fastest turn on the Sachsenring circuit, 11. Rossi took a hectic tumble and was transported to the track’s medical center, reportedly not sustaining major injury. Due to not being able to practice long, though, Rossi placed his Ducati Gp11.1 14th.

The man who set the MotoGP pace at FP1 was San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simncelli. The Italian was quickest throughout the entires session, setting a fastest lap of 1:22.823; this was a second slower than the circuit record set by last year’s winner, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa (1:21.882).

Following Simoncelli 0.181 of a second behind was the current MotoGP leader, Reposl Honda Casey Stoner. The Australian also crashed early in the FP1 session, but was able to quickly rejoin the grid.

Rounding out the top five in FP were Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden and Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso.

In other news, Pramac Racing Ducati’s Loris Capirossi returned after missing two races due to injury; he finished 17th fastest in FP1.

The grid will be back on Sachsenring for the second of three MotoGP practices this afternoon.

2011 Sachsenring MotoGP: Free Practice 1 Results

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda277.51’22.823 
2.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda284.41’23.0040.181 / 0.181
3.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha278.61’23.0460.223 / 0.042
4.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati278.21’23.2050.382 / 0.159
5.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda281.11’23.3550.532 / 0.150
6.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati272.11’23.4160.593 / 0.061
7.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati279.31’23.4330.610 / 0.017
8.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati271.41’23.5340.711 / 0.101
9.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha274.61’23.5580.735 / 0.024
10.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha277.11’23.5940.771 / 0.036
11.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda282.71’23.6040.781 / 0.010
12.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki277.81’23.9891.166 / 0.385
13.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha276.51’24.1621.339 / 0.173
14.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati275.21’24.5121.689 / 0.350
15.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda277.61’24.6201.797 / 0.108
16.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda278.91’26.0603.237 / 1.440
17.65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati274.91’26.3343.511 / 0.274