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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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 301.0 1’56.454
2. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 299.3 1’56.831 0.377 / 0.377
3. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 295.6 1’57.136 0.682 / 0.305
4. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 296.3 1’57.174 0.720 / 0.038
5. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 297.5 1’57.535 1.081 / 0.361
6. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 290.6 1’57.631 1.177 / 0.096
7. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 296.0 1’57.745 1.291 / 0.114
8. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 295.6 1’57.857 1.403 / 0.112
9. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 293.2 1’57.859 1.405 / 0.002
10. 21 John HOPKINS USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 294.5 1’57.880 1.426 / 0.021
11. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 297.9 1’58.120 1.666 / 0.240
12. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 294.0 1’58.313 1.859 / 0.193
13. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 292.9 1’58.454 2.000 / 0.141
14. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 292.3 1’58.568 2.114 / 0.114
15. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 294.8 1’58.573 2.119 / 0.005
16. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 300.4 1’58.607 2.153 / 0.034
17. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 293.4 1’58.999 2.545 / 0.392
18. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 296.8 1’59.157 2.703 / 0.158

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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