Archive - 2009 - Race Or Practice Result
Result and summary of Qualifying Practice for the 125cc class at Misano:
Local boy Mattia Pasini was fastest in the second session of free practice for the 250cc class at Misano. The Team Toth Aprilia rider took an early lead and never gave it up, despite strong and sustained challenges from Pepe World's Hector Barbera. Metis Gilera's Marco Simoncelli was 3rd fastest in the session, getting ahead of the championship leader Hiroshi Aoyama on the Scot Honda in the final third of the session. Aoyama finished ahead of his main title rival Alvaro Bautista, who could manage only the 5th fastest time.
If Ben Spies had struggled in yesterday's soaking conditions, he had no such trouble during this morning's dry second qualifying session. The Sterilgarda Yamaha rider went straight to the top of the timesheets during the session, only relinquishing top spot after Noriyuki Haga hustled his Xerox Ducati around to a top time on his final lap. Spies is now the meat in a Ducati sandwich, with Michel Fabrizio in 3rd, ahead of Ten Kate Honda's Johnny Rea. Spies team mate Tom Sykes continued his run of good form, taking 5th place in the dry, ahead of fellow Englishman Shane Byrne.
The final starting order will be settled this afternoon, during Superpole.
The intense rivalry between Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo continues apace, the next instalment taking place on Saturday morning during the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class. After Rossi took first blood yesterday, Jorge Lorenzo set about extracting revenge, but that would be no easy task. Rossi and Lorenzo swapped the lead multiple times during the session, with Dani Pedrosa getting involved early on, before the two Fiat Yamaha men cracked into the 1'34s and left the Repsol Honda rider behind.
Lorenzo looked like clinching the session with a blistering final lap, but Rossi had crossed the line with a couple of seconds on the clock, and another shot at a lap. He made it count, destroying the race lap record and besting Lorenzo's time by two tenths of a second. Pedrosa ended up in 3rd, comfortably ahead of the LCR Honda of Randy de Puniet and Pedrosa's Repsol Honda team mate Andrea Dovizioso. Ducati's Nicky Hayden finished the session in 6th, continuing to improve, while Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards was 7th.
With the rain gone and the Nurburgring circuit now dry, if a little cold, conditions for motorcycle racing have improved immensely in Germany's Eifel mountains. Those conditions are irrelevant to Cal Crutchlow, however, as the young Briton continues to dominate whatever the weather. In the dry, Crutchlow extended his advantage to almost 2 seconds over the rest of the field, a prospect which must strike terror into the hearts of those who must try and stop him. Joan Lascorz came closest, a "mere" 1.8 seconds off the Yamaha rider, ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and Eugene Laverty. The competition has a lot of work to do before this afternoon's one and only qualifying session.
At the end of a closely contested FP2 session at Misano, it was Bradley Smith who ended at the top of the timesheets. The lead swapped places numerous times during the session, including 5 lead changes in the final minute. As the last rider to cross the line, Smith had no one else who could beat his time, putting him ahead of Pol Espargaro and Julian Simon, with Andrea Iannone a little way off.
While Smith dominated, the other British and American riders had much less luck. Scott Redding was fast early on, but got swamped later in the session, ending up 14th. Danny Webb continues to struggle, managing just the 22nd fastest time, while American Cameron Beaubier is down in 30th.
Ten Kate Honda's Johnny Rea is on provisional pole after the first session of qualifying for the World Superbike class at the Nurburgring, in conditions that were a little kinder than the downpour of the early afternoon. Rea was fastest for most of the session, taking over provisional pole from Leon Haslam who had made the early running. But while Haslam slipped down the order, it was a Yamaha R1 that stepped up to Rea's Ten Kate Honda challenge, the surprise being that it was Tom Sykes rather than Ben Spies who was the faster of the two. Sykes took 2nd fastest, ahead of BMW's Troy Corser and Ducati's Michel Fabrizio, with championship leader Noriyuki Haga heading up the provisional second row in 5th. Haga's main challenger Ben Spies got off to a slow start, managing only the 13th fastest time, ahead of Aprilia's Max Biaggi.
Pepe World Aprilia's Hector Barbera dominated the first session of free practice at Misano today, walking away with the fastest time of the day and a lead of nearly half a second back to 2nd place man Team Toth's Mattia Pasini. The lead changed hands several times during the session, but it was always Barbera who kept taking it back, and taking it back in style.
Championship leader Hiroshi Aoyama was 3rd quickest in the session, leaping up the order in the final moments, just ahead of Alvaro Bautista, who also improved on the last lap. Marco Simoncelli, the final man in the title race, could only manage the 7th fastest time of the session.
With the Nurburgring track starting to dry out a little during practice for the World Supersport class, Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow was back with a bang after the extended summer break. The Briton led from the start and encountered only brief opposition from Ten Kate's Kenan Sofuoglu, setting the fastest time by three tenths of a second. Sofuoglu was the only man capable of getting close to Crutchlow in the tricky conditions, the rest of the field being nearly 2 seconds back. The competition for 3rd was tough, with Triumph's Garry McCoy coming out on top, ahead of Michele Pirro and Mark Aitchison. Eugene Laverty, the only real threat to Crutchlow's title hopes, could manage only the 9th fastest time, over three and a quarter seconds off Crutchlow's time.
Valentino Rossi has struck the first blow at Misano, edging ahead of Fiat Yamaha team mate Jorge Lorenzo, with 10 minutes to go, then taking another tenth of a second off his best time to hold onto provisional pole. Lorenzo had dominated the session up until that point, only briefly ceding the lead to Dani Pedrosa, and hammering a whole sequence of laps in the 1'35s, over half a second faster than the rest of the field for most of practice. Lorenzo even looked like taking back provisional pole from Rossi, but the Spaniard ran into traffic on two fast laps in succession, leaving him stuck in 2nd. His fastest lap may have been slower than Rossi's, but his race pace was a good deal faster than anyone else could match.
Dani Pedrosa rounds out the provisional front row, to nobody's surprise, the Spaniard developing a bizarre problem with his Repsol Honda at the end of the session, fluid spraying either from a loose clutch reservoir or front fork, forcing a furious Pedrosa to ditch the bike and take a trip back to the pits on a scooter. Pedrosa's misfortune allowed Alex de Angelis to close right in on him, the man from San Marino - just a few kilometers from the circuit - getting to within 0.016 of Pedrosa's time, and finishing ahead of Pedrosa's team mate Andrea Dovizioso and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards. Dovizioso has switched to Ohlins this weekend, and his first run out was fairly successful, the Repsol Honda rider finishing pretty close to where he might have been expected to end up if he had stuck with the Showa suspension Pedrosa is still using.
Most striking of all, however, is the gap between the Fiat Yamahas and the rest of the field. Pedrosa is over six tenths behind Lorenzo, and three quarters of a second behind Rossi, while a second covers 3rd to 12th places. The Fiat Yamahas appear to be in a league of their own. Again.
Rain lashed the beautiful surroundings of the Eifel mountains in Germany, making conditions difficult for the riders at the Nurburgring. Unsurprisingly perhaps the session was dominated by the large British contingent that packs the World Superbike paddock, with Johnny Rea, Leon Haslam and Shane Byrne leading early on. But with 15 minutes of the session left, it was Noriyuki Haga that took the lead, ending the first session of practice ahead of Ten Kate Honda's Johnny Rea. Troy Corser booked a solid result for BMW in their home round, taking 3rd spot ahead of Jakub Smrz, with Shane Byrne, Leon Haslam, Karl Muggeridge and Matthieu Lagrive filling out the provisional second row.
The weather did not suit everybody, however, as both championship contender Ben Spies and race winner Max Biaggi finished well down the order, in 19th and 20th place respectively. Whether that is still the case after this afternoon's session of qualifying remains to be seen.
Bradley Smith led the first session of free practice at Misano, the British Aspar rider having been fast throughout the session. Smith received a little help from Czech rider Lukas Sembera, who balked Smith's Aspar team mate Julian Simon on a fast lap, leaving the Spaniard to settle for 2nd. Local hero Andrea Iannone set the 3rd fastest time, while Stefan Bradl took 4th place.
Smith's British compatriates Scott Redding and Danny Webb finished the session down the field in 15th and 16th, while American Cameron Beaubier ended up 29th.
Results and summary of Indianapolis MotoGP race:
Result and summary of the 250cc race at Indianapolis:
Results and summary of the 125cc race at Indianapolis: