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Pedrosa Untouchable at Brno MotoGP FP1

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2011 MotoGP

The 11th round of the 2011 MotoGP Championship began at Brno Friday morning with the first of three free practice sessions.

One man was untouchable throughout the first 45-minute session – Dani Pedrosa. The Repsol Honda rider was the only rider to post under the 1:57 mark, Pedrosa piloting his RC212V to a 1:56.328.

Almost a second slower was Pedrosa’s teammate Casey Stoner; the Australian posted a 1:577.294. Only 0.114 of a second behind Stoner was San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli. The Italian also had a crash at turn 13, but walked away unscathed.

Rounding out the top five in the FP1 at Brno MotoGP were Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo and the third Repsol Honda rider, Andrea Dovizioso.

The top American on in FP1 was Lorenzo’s teammate Ben Spies in sixth, who was followed by Wildcard rider John Hopkins, another American who’s piloting a second Rizla Suzuki GSVR. The official Rizla Suzuki rider, Alvaro Bautista was eight.

The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha duo of Cal Crutchlow and Colin Edwards, respectively. As for Valentino Rossi, the Ducati Team rider was 11th quickest, 2.491 seconds behind Pedrosa.

Brno MotoGP continues Friday with Free Practice 2.

2011 Brno MotoGP: Free Practice 1 Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 299.5 1’56.328
2. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 296.7 1’57.294 0.966 / 0.966
3. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 291.5 1’57.408 1.080 / 0.114
4. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 295.0 1’57.587 1.259 / 0.179
5. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 295.2 1’57.776 1.448 / 0.189
6. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 290.8 1’57.903 1.575 / 0.127
7. 21 John HOPKINS USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 293.0 1’58.321 1.993 / 0.418
8. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 294.4 1’58.345 2.017 / 0.024
9. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 292.3 1’58.390 2.062 / 0.045
10. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 292.4 1’58.497 2.169 / 0.107
11. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 292.0 1’58.819 2.491 / 0.322
12. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 291.0 1’58.927 2.599 / 0.108
13. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 297.8 1’58.973 2.645 / 0.046
14. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 290.5 1’58.975 2.647 / 0.002
15. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 296.5 1’59.289 2.961 / 0.314
16. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 293.9 1’59.334 3.006 / 0.045
17. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 290.2 1’59.706 3.378 / 0.372
18. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 294.0 2’00.201 3.873 / 0.495

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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