Archive - Race Or Practice Result
May 29th, 2011
The second session of qualifying practice at Miller was run on a very wet track, leaving the order established during yesterday's dry qualifying session unchanged. But the wet weather did see a few different names near the top of the timesheet. Fastest man in the session was Aprilia's Leon Camier, who had been 2nd fastest in the dry. But in 2nd and 3rd came Effenbert Liberty's Jakub Smrz and BMW's Leon Haslam, both scoring better in the wet than in the dry. Fastest man in the dry, Carlos Checa, set the 4th fastest time of the session.
The grid order will be set during Superpole, and given the current state of the weather, the chances are that this will be a pretty wet affair too.
Results of QP2 session:
Carlos Checa dominated the first session of qualifying for the World Superbikes at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, leading the session from his first lap out of the pits and never relinquishing top spot. The Althea Ducati rider ended the day nearly eight tenths ahead of the man in 2nd place, Leon Camier, who was in turn a quarter of a second ahead of his Alitalia Aprilia teammate, Max Biaggi.
The session was run under dry circumstances, though dark clouds had threatened all day. A few drops of rain at the end of the session saw the red and white rain flags get shown with three minutes to go, putting an end to any plans of improvement anyone may have had. With rain forecast for tomorrow, the result of today's qualifying session could determine the pre-selection for Superpole, with several riders, including BMW's Leon Haslam, very lucky to scrape into the top 16.
Results and summary of the incident-packed MotoGP race at Le Mans:
Results and summary of the 125cc race at Le Mans:
Results and summary of the 125cc race at Le Mans:
The normally relatively sedate session that is Warm Up turned positively fiery on Sunday morning at Le Mans. Literally, in the case of Jorge Lorenzo, whose Yamaha M1 caught fire after the reigning World Champion suffered a lowside on cold tires. Worse followed, when a resounding boom and large cloud of black smoke emerged from Lorenzo's Yamaha, strongly suggesting that his engine had just gone boom.
The fireworks continued with Casey Stoner, who had an on-track run-in with Pramac's Randy de Puniet. The Frenchman was trailing around waiting for a tow, and crossed onto the racing line to get a tow from Stoner just as the Australian approached. Stoner was forced to brake and move off line, and he slowed up to issue de Puniet with a punch while both were still riding. The pair were called to Race Direction after Warm Up was over, where Stoner was issued with a 5000 euro fine, and De Puniet warned after accepting that his actions at that point were wrong.
On track, it was once again Stoner who was fastest, by half a second over Marco Simoncelli. The cooler temperatures benefited the Ducatis, with Nicky Hayden 3rd fastest, and Valentino Rossi in 5th, just behind Dani Pedrosa.
Results of Moto2 qualifying practice at Le Mans:
Results and summary of qualifying practice for the MotoGP class at Le Mans:
Results of qualifying practice for the 125cc class at Le Mans:
Simone Corsi has put an end to Stefan Bradl's hegemony in the Moto2 class, the Ioda Racing rider topping the third session of free practice at Le Mans. Corsi was joined by Interwetten's Thom Luthi ahead of Bradl, the Viessmann Kiefer rider ending the session in 3rd spot, though the differences between the top three were just sixty-five hundredths of a second. Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding took 4th, ahead of Aleix Espagaro and Julian Simon.
It is becoming a familiar pattern at Le Mans: the four top spots on the timesheets were taken by Hondas, with Casey Stoner at their head. Stoner once again ruled the roost, only briefly ceding his position to Marco Simoncelli at the end of the session, before taking a third of a second off his best time to take over 1st, over a quarter of a second ahead of Simoncelli. The two remaining Repsol Honda riders ended behind their teammate and the San Carlo Gresini man, Andrea Dovizioso ahead of Dani Pedrosa, though Pedrosa was grimacing with pain in the pits, his shoulder still troubling him after surgery.
Nicky Hayden ended the session in 5th spot, though much to the chagrin of Jorge Lorenzo. The Ducati Marlboro man hitched a ride on the tail of Lorenzo's Yamaha, putting in a final lap to take over 5th, Lorenzo gesticulating at Hayden at the end of the session. Lorenzo ended ahead of Valentino Rossi, the Italian sandwiching his former teammate between his new teammate. Colin Edwards led a fleet of Yamahas behind Rossi, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider in front of fellow Texan and factory Yamaha man Ben Spies, with Monster teammate Cal Crutchlow behind in 10th. Just twenty-two hundredths of a second separated the three Yamahas.
Nico Terol continues to turn 125cc reports into a cliche. The Bankia Aspar rider once again dominated the third session of free practice for the 125cc class, and waited until the latter part of the session to press home his advantage. Frenchman Johann Zarco ended the session 2nd, ahead of the other two Bankia Aspar's of Hector Faubel and an impressive showing from Adrian Martin.