Brno MotoGP: Stoner Leads Wet FP3

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2011 MotoGP

After posting the second fastest time on Friday, Casey Stoner returned to his usual top spot Saturday, topping the time sheets in the third and final free practice at Brno for the Czech Republic GP, Round 11 of the 2011 MotoGP Championship.

Rain plagued most of the session, and during the wet period Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo was in the lead. But when the sun came out during the final five minutes of FP3, Stoner posted a 2:07.321, edging out Lorenzo for the top time by a mere 0.005 of a second. These times were obviously much slower than Friday’s practice times, when Dani Pedrosa dominated, posting the quickest of a 1:56.328.

As he usually does in the wet, Valentino Rossi found a proper setup aboard the Ducati GP11.1, taking the third FP3 fastest time on Saturday. Rossi’s fastest time on Friday was seventh, as he continued to struggle getting traction on the Ducati.

Pedrosa followed Rossi in fourth, with Nicky Hayden fifth fastest. This was a vast improvement for the American MotoGP pilot, who struggled with rear grip on the GP11 in Friday sessions, only able to post a 14th fastest time.

As for crashes, Stoner had one in the beginning of the wet session, but walked away unharmed.

The America Wildcard Rizla Suzuki rider, John Hopkins, also had a crash, but didn’t walk away unharmed. Hopkins wercked in turn 3 just 15 minutes into the FP3 session. He was transfered to the Clinica Mobile and diagnosed with a fractured finger. He will not be participating in the Brno MotoGP, making for a usual 17-rider field.

2011 Brno 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 289.9 2’07.321
2. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 287.8 2’07.326 0.005 / 0.005
3. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 284.4 2’07.443 0.122 / 0.117
4. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 286.9 2’07.652 0.331 / 0.209
5. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 283.6 2’07.695 0.374 / 0.043
6. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 289.3 2’07.743 0.422 / 0.048
7. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 286.5 2’07.806 0.485 / 0.063
8. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 288.1 2’07.877 0.556 / 0.071
9. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 284.9 2’07.944 0.623 / 0.067
10. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 283.7 2’08.089 0.768 / 0.145
11. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 283.5 2’08.460 1.139 / 0.371
12. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 282.1 2’08.516 1.195 / 0.056
13. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 284.0 2’08.644 1.323 / 0.128
14. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 280.2 2’08.881 1.560 / 0.237
15. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 284.6 2’08.936 1.615 / 0.055
16. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 281.7 2’08.985 1.664 / 0.049
17. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 285.4 2’10.046 2.725 / 1.061
18. 21 John HOPKINS USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 280.5 2’13.479 6.158 / 3.433

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