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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 262.7 1’22.300  
2. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 260.3 1’22.402 0.102 / 0.102
3. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 261.2 1’22.420 0.120 / 0.018
4. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 259.8 1’22.806 0.506 / 0.386
5. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 260.6 1’22.911 0.611 / 0.105
6. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 256.0 1’23.210 0.910 / 0.299
7. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 260.7 1’23.297 0.997 / 0.087
8. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 259.0 1’23.459 1.159 / 0.162
9. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 259.7 1’23.467 1.167 / 0.008
10. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 257.9 1’23.529 1.229 / 0.062
11. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 257.6 1’23.596 1.296 / 0.067
12. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 247.2 1’23.807 1.507 / 0.211
13. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 252.3 1’24.018 1.718 / 0.211
14. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 257.8 1’24.324 2.024 / 0.306
15. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 255.3 1’24.566 2.266 / 0.242
16. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 248.3 1’24.682 2.382 / 0.116
17. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 237.2 1’25.325 3.025 / 0.643
18. 23 Ben BOSTROM USA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 250.8 1’27.286 4.986 / 1.961

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