Archive - Race Or Practice Result
October 17th, 2010
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Phillip Island:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Phillip Island:
Results of the 125cc race at Phillip Island:
Results and summary of Moto2 qualifying at Phillip Island:
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Phillip Island:
Results of Qualifying for the 125cc class:
Being last to go out worked in the favor of the Moto2 riders at Phillip Island, as the rain that had lashed the 125cc practice and the start of MotoGP practice had dried up, along with the surface of the Australian track perched on the edge of the Southern Ocean. Alex de Angelis led for a large portion of practice, but the JIR Motobi rider met with a stiff challenge from Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding in the final minutes, the 17-year-old Briton taking over top spot for a few minutes, before De Angelis settled the issue to his advantage, topping the timesheets by just 0.018 seconds ahead of Redding. Spanish rider Fonsi Nieto had a strong outing on the Holiday Gym Moriwaki, finishing 3rd ahead of Mapfre Aspar's Julian Simon, though both men were over four tenths behind De Angelis. Newly crowned Moto2 champion Toni Elias erred on the side of caution in the still tricky conditions, setting just the 15th fastest time nearly two seconds off De Angelis' pace.
After a delay of two hours due to horrific weather and a dirty track at Phillip Island, the first session of free practice got underway on a cold, wet and windy circuit, though the circuit started to dry out as the session progressed. Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest man in the miserable conditions, getting his return to the track after wrapping up the 2010 world title off to a strong start. The Fiat Yamaha man was a third of a second quicker than local boy and the winner of the last races here, Casey Stoner, who in turn was just over a tenth quicker than his Marlboro Ducati teammate Nicky Hayden.
A gaggle of Hondas finished from 4th to 6th, with the San Carlo Gresini bikes of Marco Simoncelli and Marco Melandri ending ahead of the Repsol machine of Andrea Dovizioso, Dovizioso the first rider to be over a second behind Lorenzo. A pair of Yamahas followed the Hondas, Valentino Rossi setting the 7th fastest time, nearly a second and a half behind his Fiat Yamaha teammate, while Colin Edwards was the best part of two seconds slower than Lorenzo on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha.
The Southern Ocean has decided to show its fiercer face this weekend at Phillip Island, and the wind and rain it brought meant that practice was delayed for two hours, while circuit staff worked at clearing the sand and dirt that heavy rain and flooding had left on the circuit overnight. The 125cc class got underway a couple of hours late, and still in filthy conditions, causing plenty of riders to slide off and run into the grass, but in the end, it was Bancaja Aspar's Bradley Smith who emerged from the session as the fastest man on track, ahead of Red Bull Ajo's Marc Marquez.
In 3rd place, a surprise and very impressive result for Danny Kent on the Lambretta. Kent was runner up in the Red Bull Rookies Cup this year, and has far outperformed any of the other riders who have ridden the Lambretta. Sandro Cortese on the second Ajo Derbi was 4th fastest in the session. While Marquez was up front, the other two contenders for the 125cc title were further back. Nico Terol ended the session in 5th, while Pol Espargaro was 7th.