Laguna Seca MotoGP: Stoner Tops FP1

2011 MotoGP

Casey Stoner kicked off the 2011 Red Bull USGP round in top form during Free Practice 1 Friday after piloting his Repsol Honda to a 1:22.300 around the shortest circuit on the MotoGP circuit, Laguna Seca.

Stoner’s time was a second slower than the Laguna Seca circuit record that the Australian set in the 2010 MotoGP Championship (1:21.376).

But a mere 0.102 of a second behind Stoner was his teammate, Dani Pedrosa, who arrives in Laguna after taking his second win of the MotoGP season in Germany last weekend (first win was Jerez).

And only 0.018 of a second behind Pedrosa was the reigning MotoGP Champion, Jorge Lorenzo. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider was victorious last year at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

As these top three riders were in close proximity while they lapped the 2.241-mile circuit, Lorenzo’s teammate Ben Spies was 0.506 of a second behind Stoner. The hightest-placed American in FP1 was followed closely by Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso, who was 0.611 of a second behind Stoner.

San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli was sixth fastest, followed by Ducati Team’s Niky Hayden, who was the last rider to post within a second of Stoner.

Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Colin Edwards was seventh fastest, followed by nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi aboard the Ducati Team GP11.1.

As for Wildcard rider Ben Bostrom, the LCR Honda rider was 18th fastest, 4.986 seconds behind Stoner.

The riders will be back on Laguna for the second and final free practice session of the day at 2:10 p.m. PDT.

2011 Laguna Seca MotoGP: Free Practice 1 Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda262.71’22.300 
2.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda260.31’22.4020.102 / 0.102
3.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha261.21’22.4200.120 / 0.018
4.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha259.81’22.8060.506 / 0.386
5.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda260.61’22.9110.611 / 0.105
6.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda256.01’23.2100.910 / 0.299
7.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati260.71’23.2970.997 / 0.087
8.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha259.01’23.4591.159 / 0.162
9.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati259.71’23.4671.167 / 0.008
10.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki257.91’23.5291.229 / 0.062
11.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati257.61’23.5961.296 / 0.067
12.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati247.21’23.8071.507 / 0.211
13.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha252.31’24.0181.718 / 0.211
14.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda257.81’24.3242.024 / 0.306
15.65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati255.31’24.5662.266 / 0.242
16.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati248.31’24.6822.382 / 0.116
17.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda237.21’25.3253.025 / 0.643
18.23Ben BOSTROMUSALCR Honda MotoGPHonda250.81’27.2864.986 / 1.961