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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha313.11’43.260
2.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda319.01’43.5520.292 / 0.292
3.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha312.31’43.5740.314 / 0.022
4.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda315.91’43.5820.322 / 0.008
5.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati315.61’44.2360.976 / 0.654
6.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati311.51’44.3621.102 / 0.126
7.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda317.61’44.5511.291 / 0.189
8.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati317.41’45.0261.766 / 0.475
9.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha312.91’45.0651.805 / 0.039
10.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda314.41’45.1921.932 / 0.127
11.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki313.51’45.2491.989 / 0.057
12.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha311.81’45.3682.108 / 0.119
13.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati311.21’45.5772.317 / 0.209
14.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda312.81’46.1592.899 / 0.582
15.65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati310.51’46.4843.224 / 0.325
16.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati306.11’46.6433.383 / 0.159
17.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda309.61’47.5074.247 / 0.864