Valencia MotoGP: Bautista Tops Wet FP2

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2011 MotoGP

The second free practice at Valencia occurred under rainy conditions, forcing the MotoGP grid to slow due to extremely slippery conditions.

But when the 45-minute session was up, it was Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista topping FP2, the Spaniard posting a 1:47.975. Although Bautista, who donned a “58” on his helmet as a tribute to the late Marco Simoncelli, was fastest in FP2, he was over two seconds slower than Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner in FP1 (1:45.513).

Following Bautista in the wet conditions was Pramac Racing Ducati’s Randy de Puniet and Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden. De Puniet was 0.341 of a second behind Bautista, with Hayden 0.709 of a second back, and the last to post within a minute of Bautista.

Fourth fastest was Cardion AB Ducati’s Karel Abraham, following by Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow, Reposl Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi.

Eighth fastest in FP2 was the 2011 MotoGP Champion, Stoner, followed by teammate Dani Pedrosa and Colin Edwards’ replacement on the other Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, American Superbike Champion Josh Hayes.

The slippery conditions caused three crashes – LCR Honda’s Toni Elias, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies and the late Marco Simoncelli’s San Carlo Honda Gresini teammate, Hiroshi Aoyama. All three riders walked way unharmed.

But for overall quickest Friday times, the first free practice brought all the fastest times. For the Valencia FP1 MotoGP results, click here.

The 16-rider grid will return to Valencia Saturday morning for the third and final free practice ahead of MotoGP qualifying.

2011 Valencia MotoGP: Free Practice 2 Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 295.2 1’47.975
2. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 291.8 1’48.316 0.341 / 0.341
3. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 293.9 1’48.684 0.709 / 0.368
4. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 289.3 1’49.021 1.046 / 0.337
5. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 295.7 1’49.350 1.375 / 0.329
6. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 299.9 1’49.422 1.447 / 0.072
7. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 295.6 1’49.613 1.638 / 0.191
8. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 298.5 1’49.674 1.699 / 0.061
9. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 299.2 1’49.820 1.845 / 0.146
10. 41 Josh HAYES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 287.9 1’50.509 2.534 / 0.689
11. 89 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA JPN Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 291.5 1’51.277 3.302 / 0.768
12. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 291.9 1’51.838 3.863 / 0.561
13. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 296.3 1’51.932 3.957 / 0.094
14. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 289.4 1’52.072 4.097 / 0.140
15. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 287.5 1’53.286 5.311 / 1.214
16. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 291.8 1’54.342 6.367 / 1.056