Sachsenring MotoGP: FP2 Results

2011 MotoGP

San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli set the pace in Free Practice 1 Friday morning, and continued on top after Free Practice 2 was complete for Round 9 of the 2011 MotoGP Championship at Sachsenring, Germany.

In FP2, the conditions were much warmer than FP1, allowing the Italian Simoncelli to improve on his earlier MotoGP lap times by nearly a half of second. In FP2, Simoncelli would post a 1:22.225 on his RC212V.

But not far behind was the reigning MotoGP Champion, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo. The Spaniard followed Simoncelli by a mere 0.095 of a second. Lorenzo vastly improved on his morning time also, the Yamaha M1 rider posting a 1:22.320, which was 0.726 of a second quicker than his FP1 time.

Last year’s MotoGP winner, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, was third quickest, posting a 1:22.432, which was over a second faster than his morning time. Following Pedrosa in fourth and fifth were his MotoGP teammates, Casey Stoner (0.110 of a second behind) and Andrea Dovizioso (0.222 of second).

As for Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, the Italian had a rough crash in FP1, and only finished 14th fastest. In FP2, the Italian continued to have troubles, but this time it was electrical problems aboard the Ducati GP11.1. Rossi was 14th fastest.

World Superbike’s Sylvain Guintoli (Effenbert-Liberty Ducati) piloted the Pramac Racing Ducati for Loris Capirossi in FP2; Capirossi continued to suffer from chest and shoulder pain following his crash in Assen.  

The riders will grid up Saturday morning for the third and final practice before qualifying at Sachsenring MotoGP.

2011 Sachsenring MotoGP: Free Practice 2 Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 278.4 1’22.225  
2. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 279.4 1’22.320 0.095 / 0.095
3. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 282.0 1’22.432 0.207 / 0.112
4. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 282.7 1’22.542 0.317 / 0.110
5. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 280.3 1’22.654 0.429 / 0.112
6. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 276.5 1’22.882 0.657 / 0.228
7. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 275.9 1’22.894 0.669 / 0.012
8. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 272.0 1’23.037 0.812 / 0.143
9. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 277.6 1’23.261 1.036 / 0.224
10. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 273.7 1’23.352 1.127 / 0.091
11. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 275.8 1’23.431 1.206 / 0.079
12. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 277.1 1’23.533 1.308 / 0.102
13. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 277.1 1’23.625 1.400 / 0.092
14. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 276.9 1’23.760 1.535 / 0.135
15. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 281.3 1’23.906 1.681 / 0.146
16. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 280.0 1’24.304 2.079 / 0.398
17. 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 271.2 1’25.964 3.739 / 1.660