Misano MotoGP: Stoner Leads FP1

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2011 MotoGP

Up until the last few minutes of the first free practice at Misano, Round 13 of the 2011 MotoGP Championship, the top time looked to go to either Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa or Yamaha Factory Racing Ben Spies.

Pedrosa, who won last year at Misano, lead the beginning of the 45-minute session, but was topped by the American Spies.

But the current points leader Casey Stoner put in a fierce last lap, piloting his Repsol Honda RC212V to the top spot; the Australian posted a 1:34.180, which was 0.286 of a second faster than Spies, and 0.349 of a second quicker than Pedrosa.

Fourth quickest in FP1 was the third and final Repsol Honda rider, Andrea Dovizioso; he posted a 1:35.011 at Misano, and was followed 0.077 back by San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli.

Taking the sixth through eighth positions were three Spaniards – Yamaha Facotory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, Mapfre Aspar Ducati’s Hector Barbera and Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista.

The American Colin Edwards was ninth quickest aboard the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1, followed by Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati’s Karel Abraham.

Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi continued struggling with the GP11.1, posting the 11th quickest time; his teammate, the third American on the 2011 MotoGP grid, Nicky Hayden was 13th fastest.

The riders will be back on the 2.6-mile Misano circuit for FP2 this afternoon.

2011 Misano MotoGP Free Practice 1 Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 278.1 1’34.180
2. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 271.6 1’34.466 0.286 / 0.286
3. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 279.4 1’34.529 0.349 / 0.063
4. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 276.2 1’35.011 0.831 / 0.482
5. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 272.4 1’35.088 0.908 / 0.077
6. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 272.5 1’35.142 0.962 / 0.054
7. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 274.5 1’35.480 1.300 / 0.338
8. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 275.3 1’35.579 1.399 / 0.099
9. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 268.3 1’35.589 1.409 / 0.010
10. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 271.1 1’35.688 1.508 / 0.099
11. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 273.4 1’35.745 1.565 / 0.057
12. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 270.3 1’35.950 1.770 / 0.205
13. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 276.6 1’35.960 1.780 / 0.010
14. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 276.1 1’36.067 1.887 / 0.107
15. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 271.4 1’36.513 2.333 / 0.446
16. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 270.0 1’36.646 2.466 / 0.133
17. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 275.6 1’37.308 3.128 / 0.662