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Laguna MotoGP FP3: Stoner Ousts Pedrosa

2011 MotoGP

Just as in the first two practices for Laguna Seca MotoGP, the third and final session got underway with three riders having over four-tenths of a second advantage on the grid – Repsol Honda teammates Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo.

When the 45-minute FP3 session was complete, it was the current MotoGP points leader who was quickest – Stoner. The Australian posted a 1:21.806, which was 0.430 of a second off the circuit record set by Stoner in last year’s MotoGP while competing on the Ducati GP10.

Only a four-hundredths of a second covered these top three riders; Stoner was 0.017 of a second ahead of Pedrosa, and 0.049 of a second ahead of Lorenzo.

Tge reigning MotoGP Champion suffered a huge highside during FP3, but was cleared by Medical Center to return to the track.

Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing M1 MotoGP) says: "That isn’t how I planned to finish the free practice. I am not sure yet why I crashed, I need to take the video from Dorna and study it as I was not going that fast.

"Anyway I am very sore especially in my hip but happy to be uninjured and will still be there to give 100% in qualifying this afternoon. Apart from the crash the morning session was good, the bike still needs more going into the corners but we are getting there."

The next five riders posted within a second of Stoner, lead by San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli, who trailed Stoner by 0.416 of a second. Next was the fastest American in FP3, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies, who was followed by Respol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden.

Valentino Rossi was the final rider within a second of Stoner, the Italian 0.841 of a second behind Stoner aboard the Ducati Team GP11.1

Rounding out the top 10 were Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista and Mapfre Aspar Ducati’s Hector Barbera.

Ben Bostrom, riding as a Wildcard entry for LCR Honda, was again 18th out of 18, posting a time 4.128 seconds slower than Stoner.

The 18-rider MotoGP grid will return onto Laguna Seca for an hour-long qualifying session at 1:55 p.m. (EDT).

2011 Laguna Seca MotoGP: Free Practice 3 Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 263.5 1’21.806  
2. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 260.3 1’21.823 0.017 / 0.017
3. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 260.9 1’21.855 0.049 / 0.032
4. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 258.9 1’22.222 0.416 / 0.367
5. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 258.7 1’22.325 0.519 / 0.103
6. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 260.3 1’22.356 0.550 / 0.031
7. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 260.0 1’22.432 0.626 / 0.076
8. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 263.1 1’22.647 0.841 / 0.215
9. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 259.2 1’22.840 1.034 / 0.193
10. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 260.8 1’22.877 1.071 / 0.037
11. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 257.3 1’23.062 1.256 / 0.185
12. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 256.2 1’23.080 1.274 / 0.018
13. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 257.8 1’23.143 1.337 / 0.063
14. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 255.0 1’23.513 1.707 / 0.370
15. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 256.0 1’23.544 1.738 / 0.031
16. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 250.9 1’24.038 2.232 / 0.494
17. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 255.9 1’24.056 2.250 / 0.018
18. 23 Ben BOSTROM USA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 252.2 1’25.934 4.128 / 1.878

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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