Misano MotoGP: Stoner Leads FP1


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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda278.11’34.180
2.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha271.61’34.4660.286 / 0.286
3.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda279.41’34.5290.349 / 0.063
4.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda276.21’35.0110.831 / 0.482
5.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda272.41’35.0880.908 / 0.077
6.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha272.51’35.1420.962 / 0.054
7.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati274.51’35.4801.300 / 0.338
8.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki275.31’35.5791.399 / 0.099
9.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha268.31’35.5891.409 / 0.010
10.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati271.11’35.6881.508 / 0.099
11.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati273.41’35.7451.565 / 0.057
12.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha270.31’35.9501.770 / 0.205
13.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati276.61’35.9601.780 / 0.010
14.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda276.11’36.0671.887 / 0.107
15.65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati271.41’36.5132.333 / 0.446
16.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati270.01’36.6462.466 / 0.133
17.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda275.61’37.3083.128 / 0.662