Aragon MotoGP: Stoner Leads Saturday FP

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2011 MotoGP

Due to a power outage Friday at Aragon Motorland, the second free practice session for the 17-rider MotoGP grid was canceled.

To compensate for the missed practice, MotoGP officials allowed the riders a 75-minute practice session Saturday morning (instead of the usual 45).

And when the MotoGP practice session wrapped up Saturday morning under cooler temperatures than Friday, it was the points leader who returned to the top – Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner.

The Australian posted a 1:49.272 on his eighth lap; this time became the new fastest lap at Aragon Motorland, and also 0.249 of a second faster than the lap record set by Dani Pedrosa last year during the track’s debut.

But Pedrosa wasn’t far behind his teammate. The Spaniard, who lead Friday’s only session, was 0.062 of a second slower than Stoner Saturday morning.

Third fastest was an unfamiliar name at top – the lone Frenchman in 2011 MotoGP, Randy de Puniet. The Pramac Racing Ducati rider was 0.731 of a second off Stoner’s time.

Following de Puniet by 0.136 of a second was the third Repsol Honda rider, Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian was followed 0.058 of a second behind by his rival and fellow countryman Marco Simoncelli on the San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V MotoGP machine.

As for nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, the Ducati Team rider was a second quicker than his Friday time; Rossi posted a 1:50 .484 aboard the Ducati GP11.1 with a new aluminum chassis, placing him ninth.

The MotoGP grid will be back on the 3.155-mile Aragon Motorland circuit later for qualifying ahead of Sunday’s MotoGP.

2011 Aragon Motorland MotoGP: Saturday Practice Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 321.2 1’49.272
2. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 323.2 1’49.334 0.062 / 0.062
3. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 316.9 1’50.003 0.731 / 0.669
4. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 318.1 1’50.139 0.867 / 0.136
5. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 316.2 1’50.197 0.925 / 0.058
6. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 315.6 1’50.376 1.104 / 0.179
7. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 319.2 1’50.422 1.150 / 0.046
8. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 315.9 1’50.444 1.172 / 0.022
9. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 317.3 1’50.484 1.212 / 0.040
10. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 317.5 1’50.567 1.295 / 0.083
11. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 320.6 1’50.584 1.312 / 0.017
12. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 313.1 1’50.690 1.418 / 0.106
13. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 322.6 1’50.760 1.488 / 0.070
14. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 314.2 1’50.898 1.626 / 0.138
15. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 318.9 1’51.026 1.754 / 0.128
16. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 317.8 1’51.561 2.289 / 0.535
17. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 319.1 1’51.882 2.610 / 0.321