Indy MotoGP FP1: Spies in Fierce Form

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2011 MotoGP

The American Ben Spies has something to prove before his home fans this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Red Bull Grand Prix.

The Texan took his first MotoGP pole position at IMS during his freshman outing last year, and followed that up with his best finish of the season – second.

And Spies began 2011 Indy MotoGP in that fierce form he’s obviously capable at Indy, the Yamaha Factory Racing rider leading the first free practice session; Spies posted a 1:43.260 at the 2.6-mile circuit.

Following 0.292 of a second behind was the current MotoGP points leader, Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner. The Australian, who has won six races in 11 rounds so far, was trailed 0.022 of a second by Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Colin Edwards.

Fourth quickest was San Carlo Gresini Honda’s Marco Simoncelli, who arrives in Indy fresh off his first MotoGP podium at Brno. The third and final American on the 17-rider MotoGP grid, Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, was fifth fastest in FP1; Hayden was the final rider to post within a second of Spies.

As for nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, the Italian was sixth fastest, 1.1 seconds behind Spies.

2011 Indy MotoGP Free Practice 1 Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 313.1 1’43.260
2. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 319.0 1’43.552 0.292 / 0.292
3. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 312.3 1’43.574 0.314 / 0.022
4. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 315.9 1’43.582 0.322 / 0.008
5. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 315.6 1’44.236 0.976 / 0.654
6. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 311.5 1’44.362 1.102 / 0.126
7. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 317.6 1’44.551 1.291 / 0.189
8. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 317.4 1’45.026 1.766 / 0.475
9. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 312.9 1’45.065 1.805 / 0.039
10. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 314.4 1’45.192 1.932 / 0.127
11. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 313.5 1’45.249 1.989 / 0.057
12. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 311.8 1’45.368 2.108 / 0.119
13. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 311.2 1’45.577 2.317 / 0.209
14. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 312.8 1’46.159 2.899 / 0.582
15. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 310.5 1’46.484 3.224 / 0.325
16. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 306.1 1’46.643 3.383 / 0.159
17. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 309.6 1’47.507 4.247 / 0.864