Archive - Race Or Practice Result
May 22nd, 2010
Results of 125cc qualifying at Le Mans:
Toni Elias headed up the second session of Moto2 free practice at Le Mans, though he was made to work for it during a very hectic last 10 minutes. The Gresini rider had a comfortable lead for most of FP2, but with 10 to go, Yuki Takahashi, Andrea Iannone and Raffaele De Rosa all took turns at the top of the timesheets. After the flag had fallen and the dust had settled, it was Toni Elias who came out on top, just eight thousandths of a second ahead of Andrea Iannone, and under five hundredths ahead of Tech 3's Yuki Takahashi, while BQR's Yonny Hernandez is a tenth behind Takahashi.
The field in Moto2 is ridiculously tight, as ever. Just over a second covers the first 30 riders, and two tenths can make as much as ten places difference. Qualifying will be very tough indeed.
Casey Stoner was the fastest man on Saturday morning's second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Le Mans, topping the timesheets early and staying there for the rest of the session. Stoner didn't quite have it all his own way, as Jorge Lorenzo put on a late surge to get within fifteen thousandths of the Marlboro Ducati rider. Lorenzo's FIAT Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi ended in 3rd, a quarter of a second behind Stoner, and just five hundredths ahead of Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa.
At first, the big surprise of the session was Pramac Ducati's Aleix Espargaro, who found a burst of speed in the second half of the session, initially being listed as 6th, just behind Andrea Dovizioso, and ahead of Nicky Hayden. His time was later corrected, though, bumping the Spaniard down to 10th.
Pol Espargaro was the fastest man again during this morning's FP2 session for the 125cc class, the Tuenti Derbi rider continuing where he left off from Friday. But the Derbi domination was broken, with the Bancaja Aspar riders Nico Terol and Bradley Smith running 2nd and 3rd fastest, Terol close on Espargaro, Smith half a second back. The Derbi armada was stranded behind the Aspar bikes, Marc Marquez leading Efren Vazquez and Sandro Cortese.
Jules Cluzel gave heart to his home crowd, by setting the fastest time in the first session of practice for the Moto2 class at Le Mans. The Frenchman took the lead in the last quarter of the session, deposing Toni Elias, who had dominated up until that point. Elias was also forced to allow former Gresini teammate Alex de Angelis ahead of him, by just nine hundredths of a second. Sergio Gadea rounds out the provisional front row, finishing just ahead of Fonsi Nieto, who was also fast all session. Yuki Takahashi confirmed his and the Tech 3 bike's form, ending 6th fastest, ahead of Julian Simon, the Mapfre Aspar team having spent a frantic day on Thursday preparing their brand new Suter chassis.
Valentino Rossi topped the timesheets in surprisingly tense first session of free practice for the Le Mans MotoGP weekend. The Fiat Yamaha rider deposed Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner on his very last fast lap, beating the Australian by just one tenth of a second. Stoner finished just ahead of Rossi's teammate Jorge Lorenzo, after both men had led during the session.
Andrea Dovizioso pulled out a bit of a surprise by finishing in 4th, over three tenths of a second ahead of his Repsol Honda teammate, Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa led a trio of Americans, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards finishing ahead of Ducati's Nicky Hayden, and Edwards' teammate Ben Spies. Just 1 second covered the top 8, with Pramac Ducati's Aleix Espargaro not far off in 9th.
The Derbis continued their domination of the 125cc class in 2010, with Pol Espargaro of the Tuenti team setting the fastest time in the first session of practice by a whopping half a second. Espargaro finished the day ahead of Red Bull's Marc Marquez and Marquez Ajo teammate Sandro Cortese. Aprilia's opposition was headed by Nico Terol of the Aspar team, but the Spaniard was nearly 1.2 seconds off the pace of Espargaro. Terol's teammate, Bradley Smith, had a difficult start to the weekend, suffering technical problems early on and missing most of the session, ending the day in lowly 18th position.
Results and summary of World Superbike race 2 at Kyalami:
Results and summary of the World Supersport race at Kyalami:
Results and summary of World Superbike race 1 at Kyalami:
Results and summary of Superpole at Kyalami:
The four cylinder bikes struck back during the final session of free practice at Kyalami, with Cal Crutchlow and Leon Haslam setting the fastest times of the session, less than five hundredths apart. The Sterilgarda Yamaha and Alstare Suzuki lead a bevy of Ducatis, though, with Michel Fabrizio ahead of Carlos Checa and Jakub Smrz.
The Czech rider Jakub Smrz sits on provisional pole before this afternoon's Superpole session at Kyalami, the Pata S&G rider taking over the lead from Xerox Ducati's Michel Fabrizio in the last few minutes of QP2. Fabrizio, who did not improve his time from yesterday, finished the two qualifying practice sessions as second fastest, ahead of Sterilgarda Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow, who also did not improve his time, and HANNSpree Ten Kate's Johnny Rea, who did better his time from yesterday, but only but a few hundredths. Championship leader Leon Haslam was 5th fastest, while his closest contender, Max Biaggi, was down in 8th.
Eugene Laverty continues to top the timesheets at Kyalami, the Parkalgar Honda rider again fastest during the second session of free practice for the World Supersport class. But while Laverty's margin in previous sessions was negligible, the Irishman took charge in Saturday morning, beating the next man - HANNSpree Ten Kate's Kenan Sofuoglu - by over eight tenths of a second. Sofuoglu was himself three tenths faster than his teammate Michele Pirro, with ParkinGO Triumph's Matthieu Lagrive once again rounding out the top four.