Brno MotoGP: Stoner Leads Wet FP3


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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda289.92’07.321
2.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha287.82’07.3260.005 / 0.005
3.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati284.42’07.4430.122 / 0.117
4.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda286.92’07.6520.331 / 0.209
5.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati283.62’07.6950.374 / 0.043
6.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda289.32’07.7430.422 / 0.048
7.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha286.52’07.8060.485 / 0.063
8.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda288.12’07.8770.556 / 0.071
9.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda284.92’07.9440.623 / 0.067
10.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha283.72’08.0890.768 / 0.145
11.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati283.52’08.4601.139 / 0.371
12.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha282.12’08.5161.195 / 0.056
13.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki284.02’08.6441.323 / 0.128
14.65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati280.22’08.8811.560 / 0.237
15.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda284.62’08.9361.615 / 0.055
16.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati281.72’08.9851.664 / 0.049
17.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati285.42’10.0462.725 / 1.061
18.21John HOPKINSUSARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki280.52’13.4796.158 / 3.433