MotoGP: Pedrosa in Top Form at Brno FP2

2011 MotoGP

Just as he did in the opening practice session (FP1) at Brno, Round 11 of the 2011 MotoGP Championship, Dani Pedrosa continued to set the pace in Free Practice 2.

Although he didn’t match his blistering lap time in FP1 (1:56.328), the Spaniard Pedrosa was in top form in FP2, lapping Brno at 1:56.454.

As Pedrosa stayed on top, one of the riders who made the most improvements from FP1 to FP2 was the current points leader, Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner. The Australian bettered his Brno-FP1 time by almost a half of second in FP2, posting a 1:56.831.

With his time, which was 0.377 of a second slower than Pedrosa, Stoner became the only other rider to break the 1:57 mark.

Only two other riders were able to post within a second of Pedrosa – San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli (1:57.136) and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo (1:57.174).

Fifth and sixth fastest were Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso and the American Ben Spies aboard the other factory Yamaha YZR-M1.

The seventh fastest rider that improved upon his FP1 performance by over a second was Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi; the Italian posted a 1:57.745, bringing him 1.291 of a second behind Pedrosa.

Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista was eighth fastest, followed by Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow and Wildcard entry John Hopkins, the American on the other Suzuki GSVR for Brno MotoGP.

The Czech Grand Prix action continues Saturday with the third and final free-practice session ahead of qualifying for Round 11 of 18 in the 2011 MotoGP Championship.

2011 Brno MotoGP: Free Practice 2 Results

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda301.01’56.454
2.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda299.31’56.8310.377 / 0.377
3.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda295.61’57.1360.682 / 0.305
4.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha296.31’57.1740.720 / 0.038
5.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda297.51’57.5351.081 / 0.361
6.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha290.61’57.6311.177 / 0.096
7.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati296.01’57.7451.291 / 0.114
8.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki295.61’57.8571.403 / 0.112
9.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha293.21’57.8591.405 / 0.002
10.21John HOPKINSUSARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki294.51’57.8801.426 / 0.021
11.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati297.91’58.1201.666 / 0.240
12.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha294.01’58.3131.859 / 0.193
13.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati292.91’58.4542.000 / 0.141
14.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati292.31’58.5682.114 / 0.114
15.65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati294.81’58.5732.119 / 0.005
16.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda300.41’58.6072.153 / 0.034
17.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati293.41’58.9992.545 / 0.392
18.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda296.81’59.1572.703 / 0.158