Indy MotoGP FP2: Stoner Edges Out Spies

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2011 MotoGP

For most of the second free practice session for the Red Bull Indy Grand Prix, the American MotoGP pilot Ben Spies was in the lead, dominating like he did throughout FP1.

But during the final minutes of Free Practice 2, Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner returned to his usual self, posting the fastest time of 1:40.724; the Australian beat out Yamaha Factory Racing’s Spies, who had pole in last year’s Indy MotoGP, by 0.194 of a second. Stoner’s lap also became the new MotoGP fastest lap at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Taking the third fastest FP2 time was Stoner’s teammate Dani Pedrosa, who won at Indy last season. The Spaniard RC212V rider was 0.481 of a second slower than Stoner.

Fourth fastest was the reigning MotoGP Champion and last year’s podium finisher, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo. The final two to post within a second of Stoner were his teammate Andrea Dovizioso and America’s Colin Edwards (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha), respectively.

As for the third and final American in the 2011 MotoGP lineup, Nicky Hayden was eighth fastest aboard the Ducati Team GP11.1. His teammate, nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi struggled, posting the 11th fastest time, 1.681 seconds behind Stoner.

The MotoGP boys will be back on the 2.6-mile Indy circuit Saturday for Free Practice 3 at 10:10 a.m. (CDT), which will be followed by qualifying at 1:55 (CDT).

2011 Indy MotoGP: Free Practice 2 Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 319.3 1’40.724
2. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 312.2 1’40.918 0.194 / 0.194
3. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 317.8 1’41.205 0.481 / 0.287
4. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 313.8 1’41.461 0.737 / 0.256
5. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 320.1 1’41.536 0.812 / 0.075
6. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 313.2 1’41.699 0.975 / 0.163
7. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 316.8 1’41.742 1.018 / 0.043
8. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 316.0 1’41.789 1.065 / 0.047
9. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 317.8 1’42.231 1.507 / 0.442
10. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 310.6 1’42.339 1.615 / 0.108
11. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 316.6 1’42.405 1.681 / 0.066
12. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 318.6 1’42.673 1.949 / 0.268
13. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 321.1 1’42.920 2.196 / 0.247
14. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 315.1 1’43.034 2.310 / 0.114
15. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 312.9 1’43.085 2.361 / 0.051
16. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 315.8 1’43.230 2.506 / 0.145
17. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 315.2 1’43.528 2.804 / 0.298