Sachsenring MotoGP: Lorenzo Leads FP3

2011 MotoGP

The reigning MotoGP Champion, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, began on top Saturday in Sachsenring, Germany, the Spaniard leading the third and final free practice session before qualifying.

But it didn’t appear as if Lorenzo would set the pace on Saturday. Earlier in the FP3 session, the Italian who lead the first two practices, Marco Simoncelli, was leading the 17-rider grid.

But the San Carlo Honda Gresini rider had a crash in the fast turn 11 with 15 minutes remaining. Simoncelli was able to rejoin, but couldn’t catch Lorenzo or the second fastest rider in FP3, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa.

Pedrosa, who won last year’s Germany MotoGP round, would finish FP3 0.041 of a second behind Lorenzo, with Simoncelli posting a 1:22.159, 0.047 behind Lorenzo.

The current MotoGP leader, Casey Stoner, placed his Repsol Honda RC212V in the fourth fastest position, 0.274 of a second behind Lorenzo. Stoner’s teammate Andrea Dovizioso was 0.055 of a second further back.

As for nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, the Italian piloted his Ducati Team GP11.1 to a 12th-fastest pace in FP3. Also, Loris Capirossi, who continues to recover from his crash at Assen, didn’t participate in FP3; World Superbike rider Sylvain Guintoli (Effenbert-Liberty Ducati) substituted for Capirossi aboard the Pramac Racing Ducati GP11.

Next up is qualifying before Sunday’s MotoGP at Sachsenring, Germany.

2011 Sachsenring MotoGP: Free Practice 3 Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha280.71’22.112 
2.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda283.91’22.1530.041 / 0.041
3.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda279.41’22.1590.047 / 0.006
4.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda283.91’22.3860.274 / 0.227
5.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda281.61’22.4410.329 / 0.055
6.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati277.31’22.5000.388 / 0.059
7.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki280.41’22.5940.482 / 0.094
8.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha275.21’22.7720.660 / 0.178
9.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati274.21’22.8410.729 / 0.069
10.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha275.51’23.1181.006 / 0.277
11.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati274.01’23.2681.156 / 0.150
12.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati279.21’23.2791.167 / 0.011
13.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha275.01’23.2961.184 / 0.017
14.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda281.51’23.3621.250 / 0.066
15.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati277.81’23.3931.281 / 0.031
16.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda279.61’24.2462.134 / 0.853
17.50Sylvain GUINTOLIFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati272.61’25.9753.863 / 1.729