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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 277.5 1’22.823  
2. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 284.4 1’23.004 0.181 / 0.181
3. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 278.6 1’23.046 0.223 / 0.042
4. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 278.2 1’23.205 0.382 / 0.159
5. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 281.1 1’23.355 0.532 / 0.150
6. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 272.1 1’23.416 0.593 / 0.061
7. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 279.3 1’23.433 0.610 / 0.017
8. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 271.4 1’23.534 0.711 / 0.101
9. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 274.6 1’23.558 0.735 / 0.024
10. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 277.1 1’23.594 0.771 / 0.036
11. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 282.7 1’23.604 0.781 / 0.010
12. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 277.8 1’23.989 1.166 / 0.385
13. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 276.5 1’24.162 1.339 / 0.173
14. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 275.2 1’24.512 1.689 / 0.350
15. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 277.6 1’24.620 1.797 / 0.108
16. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 278.9 1’26.060 3.237 / 1.440
17. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 274.9 1’26.334 3.511 / 0.274

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