Indy MotoGP FP2: Stoner Edges Out Spies


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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda319.31’40.724
2.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha312.21’40.9180.194 / 0.194
3.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda317.81’41.2050.481 / 0.287
4.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha313.81’41.4610.737 / 0.256
5.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda320.11’41.5360.812 / 0.075
6.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha313.21’41.6990.975 / 0.163
7.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda316.81’41.7421.018 / 0.043
8.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati316.01’41.7891.065 / 0.047
9.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki317.81’42.2311.507 / 0.442
10.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati310.61’42.3391.615 / 0.108
11.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati316.61’42.4051.681 / 0.066
12.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda318.61’42.6731.949 / 0.268
13.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati321.11’42.9202.196 / 0.247
14.65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati315.11’43.0342.310 / 0.114
15.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha312.91’43.0852.361 / 0.051
16.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda315.81’43.2302.506 / 0.145
17.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati315.21’43.5282.804 / 0.298