Archive - 2009 - Race Or Practice Result
Results and summary for the MotoGP qualifying practice session:
Results and summary of the 125cc qualifying practice session at the Sachsenring:
The rain poured down on the 125cc class during qualifying, making conditions difficult for everyone and adding a few surprise names to the top of the timesheets. The man on pole for tomorrow's 125cc race should be no surprise to anyone. Julian Simon was the fastest for much of the session, sealing his fourth pole of the season. Simon leads his team mate Bradley Smith and the Spanish KTM rider Marc Marquez. The final name on the front row of the grid is a big surprise, German wildcard Marcos Schrotter making the most of local knowledge and wet conditions.
British rider Danny Webb had a tough day, only managing to qualify in 17th spot and crashing heavily in the final minutes of practice. He walked away from the crash, but was clearly in pain.
Karel Abraham was the surprise leader at the end of the second session of free practice for the 250cc class. But the Czech rider's position was largely a result of good timing, Abraham getting out and putting in a fast lap just before the rain came. The rain was so heavy that it left the timesheets largely unchanged, though Marco Simoncelli put in a good string of laps in the wet to climb up to 3rd. The wet weather practice will be very useful to the field, as the rain is expected to continue during qualifying this afternoon.
Results of the 250cc FP2 session:
Jorge Lorenzo led the field during the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at the Sachsenring, crushing the opposition by dipping under the 1'22 barrier, and finishing nearly 4/10ths ahead of Casey Stoner. The Fiat Yamaha rider had struggled yesterday, but was clearly a good deal more comfortable on the second day of practice.
Behind Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa took the 3rd time, ahead of Stoner's Ducati team mate Nicky Hayden in 4th and Valentino Rossi in 5th, while a surprising Marco Melandri was 6th fastest in the session. Hayden's performance is a clear sign of progress, with the American leading the session at one point, and continually featuring in the top echelons. Melandri was similarly impressive, taking full advantage of the fact that horsepower is less of a factor at the tight Sachsenring circuit.
The field is once again very close. Lorenzo's gap to 2nd place man Stoner is the only large gap in the top 6, with less than 0.2 seconds separating Stoner in 2nd from Melandri in 6th. Even more impressive is the fact that the top 11 riders all the way down to Colin Edwards are inside Dani Pedrosa's race lap record from 2007.
Results of the MotoGP FP2 session:
Julian Simon topped another damp session of practice for the 125cc session, the track drying out towards the end, allowing Simon to get ahead of his Bancaja Aspar team mates Sergio Gadea and Bradley Smith.
Results of the 125cc FP2 session:
While both the 125cc and MotoGP sessions were badly affected by the weather, the 250cc riders were able to put in a relatively untroubled session of free practice on Friday. Spaniard Hector Barbera finished the session at the top of the timesheets, beating Gilera's Marco Simoncelli by nearly half a second. Behind Barbera, things were incredibly close, with just over a tenth of a second separating 2nd from 6th. Championship leader Hiroshi Aoyama could only manage the 7th fastest time, but his main rival at the moment, Aspar's Alvaro Bautista, is well down the order in 11th. But the grid won't be settled until tomorrow afternoon, and by that time, the weather is likely to be completely different.
Results of the 250cc FP1 session:
A drying track turned the first session of free practice for the MotoGP riders into a confusing and thrilling chase for times, lap times tumbling throughout. On the damp track, it was the Ducatis of Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner that led the charts, with Marco Melandri and Andrea Dovizioso constantly close. Around the halfway mark the track began to dry properly, and the top spot started swapping hands at a pace almost too fast to follow. At one point even MotoGP rookie Gabor Talmacsi took over 2nd spot, before the rest of the field started catching up.
Once the track was fully dry - with the exception of a small stream running across the track around Turn 1 - it was Casey Stoner who set the fastest time, smashing the existing lap record in the process by over three tenths of a second. The 2nd spot went to Dani Pedrosa, who had been in and out of the top ten all day, but snatched 2nd in the dying seconds, forcing Valentino Rossi down into 3rd. All of the Yamaha men started the day off slowly, languishing in the bottom half of the timesheets, but as the track dried, all four Yamahas improved.
Randy de Puniet took 4th spot, ahead of a surprising Alex de Angelis, who has a history of good results here at the Sachsenring, while Colin Edwards was 6th fastest on the Tech 3 Yamaha. Toni Elias was 7th quickest, just ahead of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso. But with just 0.2 seconds separating places 5 through 11, those positions were taken almost at random.
Hayden was unlucky to have been shuffled down into 8th, as the American put on a very strong show for most of the session, regularly topping the timesheets. Hayden has spoken of feeling more comfortable on the Ducati, and his results are starting to show it.
The weather played a dominant role in the 125cc session of free practice at the Sachsenring on Friday, the session starting out hot and steamy, before the black clouds which had been hovering over the forests of Saxony finally broke, submerging the track under a deluge. The rain meant that the timesheets only reflect the first 25 minutes or so of practice, as the riders who emerged after the worst of the storm had passed were lapping much more slowly round the wet track. In the dry, it had been Julian Simon who was fastest, as he has been all year, leading the way ahead of KTM's Marc Marquez and Bradley Smith. The weather is expected to wet on Saturday, with the first chance of a dry day being race day on Sunday.
Results of 125cc FP1 session:
Results of the Laguna Seca MotoGP race:
Casey Stoner was fastest in this morning's warm up session at Laguna Seca, seemingly unhampered by the injuries he suffered in the highside during yesterday's qualifying practice. Stoner hobbled to his bike, looking very stiff, but once aboard, was flying. He took the fastest time within the first ten minutes of practice, then went back into the pits and did not emerge again.
The other of the walking wounded, Jorge Lorenzo, was clearly much less comfortable than Stoner. Lorenzo had great difficulty walking, but still managed to ride the bike for 13 laps, setting the 5th fastest time in the process, just under 0.6 seconds behind Casey Stoner's time. The question of whether Stoner and Lorenzo will race looks settled, though it remains to be seen whether they can actually last for 32 laps round Laguna's physically exhausting circuit.
Valentino Rossi was 2nd fastest, just 0.08 off Casey Stoner, but that belies the real difference between the two men. Rossi was blistering in the first three sectors, over a tenth faster in each, but losing out big time in the final sector, running through Rainey back to the finish line. Rossi was between a quarter of a second to nearly half a second slower through those final turns, offering an interesting confrontation between the Australian and the Italian once again. Rossi will need some more of Jeremy Burgess' magic to find another tenth or two in T4.
Dani Pedrosa finished the session in 3rd place, ahead of a promising Colin Edwards on the Tech 3 Yamaha. Andrea Dovizioso was 6th fastest, ahead of Nicky Hayden.
The session saw a number of crashes, with Marco Melandri crashing heavily in Turn 6, while Toni Elias took a trip through the gravel at Turn 2.
Results of MotoGP Qualifying Practice at Laguna Seca:
Jorge Lorenzo set the fastest time of the second session of free practice on Saturday morning at Laguna Seca, with a couple of lightning laps in the final seconds of practice. Lorenzo had swapped the lead with Fiat Yamaha team mate Valentino Rossi for the first half of practice, before Casey Stoner barged his way to the top of the timesheets with 25 minutes to go, and cracking into the 1'21 bracket. The pace of practice slackened a little for a while after that, only picking up again in the final 5 minutes or so.
Lorenzo and Stoner were the only men to get into the 1'21s, less than 4/100ths of a second separating the pair. Valentino Rossi is 3rd, but nearly 4/10ths behind his team mate, and not far ahead of Toni Elias. Andrea Dovizioso is 5th quickest, fractionally ahead of his team mate, Dani Pedrosa.
On the day that the US celebrates Independence Day, the Americans had varying fortunes. Nicky Hayden started slowly, then hit a strong patch in the middle of the session, climbing up as high as 5th at one point, before dropping to end the session in 9th, still a better result than he has had since the first session at Barcelona. Colin Edwards highsided early on in the session, and spent a long time in the nether regions of the timesheet, climbing up to finish in 7th spot.
Result of MotoGP FP1:
Valentino Rossi was the fastest man on day 1 of the Red Bull US GP weekend at Laguna Seca, though he didn't secure that spot until the end of the session. As ever, it was Casey Stoner who was fastest in the early running, being the first rider into both the 1'23 and 1'22 bracket, and holding the top spot for most of FP1.
With just over 10 minutes to go, Jorge Lorenzo, who had been closing in on Stoner's time for the past 10 minutes, finally shot ahead of Stoner to take the top spot, but his lead would not stand. As the flag fell, Valentino Rossi crossed the line to set the fastest time, and the only man to crack into the 1'21s.
There is little to choose between Rossi, Lorenzo and Stoner, though. All three men were setting consistently fast times, and lapping within a few hundredths of each other. The only worry is that Stoner's health problems have not gone away: The Ducati rider looked pale and shaky as he got off his bike at the end of the session, clearly still unwell. Stoner is obviously fast enough to match the pace of Rossi and Lorenzo, but at an intensely physical track like Laguna, it is doubtful he will be able to maintain that pace for 32 grueling laps.
Dani Pedrosa is in 4th place, but over 6/10ths behind Rossi, and only just ahead of a rejuvenated Toni Elias, much preferring the 2008 chassis he now has to use on the factory-spec Honda RC212V.
Honorable mentions have to go to Marco Melandri and Gabor Talmacsi. Melandri was 7th fastest, on a bike that has not changed since the start of the season, while Gabor Talmacsi finished the session ahead of Niccolo Canepa at just his third event on a MotoGP bike. As tragic as it is to lose a Japanese rider from the MotoGP series, Yuki Takahashi having been forced out to make way for the Hungarian, Talmacsi's results are starting to back up the financial reasons behind that decision.
Results of MotoGP FP1 at Laguna:
Results and summary of World Superbike race 2 at Donington:
Results of the Superstock 600 race at Donington: