2008 Laguna Seca FP1 Times Day 1 - Stoner Smashes Pole Record As Usual

The first session of free practice was very much business as usual at Laguna Seca. Casey Stoner was quickest, though it took him 6 laps to be the fastest man on track this morning, rather than his usual 3. Stoner was running low to mid 1'22s with ease, until he started hitting 1'21s. As a reference: That's nearly 4/10ths of a second faster than the existing pole record, set by Casey Stoner last year at Laguna.

Valentino Rossi was the only man who managed to get close, though every time he got anywhere near, Stoner went back out and took another couple of tenths off his best time, opening the gap up to over a second, before Rossi closed it back down again. Chris Vermeulen's form shows that he is still very good here at Laguna Seca, and will be a factor in the race on Sunday.

Biggest surprises are Shinya Nakano, Marco Melandri and Toni Elias. Melandri obviously gets on well at Laguna Seca, and may yet keep his seat for the rest of the season if he keeps this up. Nakano getting a top three time is outstanding, and very promising, and Elias, though only 8th, is much better than he has been. The top 5 riders are all on Bridgestones, but as it was cool and overcast, that probably favors the Japanese rubber.

Ben Spies suffered a crash at one of the right handers during the session, losing the front, while Dani Pedrosa is not looking well at all. He is managing to limp on and off the bike, but he is having a great deal of difficulty using his left hand. His place at the bottom of the timesheets tells you just how badly he is hurting.

Practice resumes this afternoon.

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Fast Lap Diff Diff Previous
1 1 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'21.915    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'22.679 0.764 0.764
3 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'22.953 1.038 0.274
4 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'23.406 1.491 0.453
5 33 Marco MELANDRI DUCATI 1'23.455 1.540 0.049
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'23.469 1.554 0.014
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'23.696 1.781 0.227
8 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'23.698 1.783 0.002
9 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'23.760 1.845 0.062
10 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'23.896 1.981 0.136
11 11 Ben SPIES SUZUKI 1'23.950 2.035 0.054
12 12 Jamie HACKING KAWASAKI 1'24.050 2.135 0.100
13 48 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'24.317 2.402 0.267
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'24.356 2.441 0.039
15 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'24.392 2.477 0.036
16 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'24.591 2.676 0.199
17 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI DUCATI 1'24.661 2.746 0.070
18 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'24.736 2.821 0.075
19 2 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'25.311 3.396 0.575

Circuit records:

Fastest Lap: 23 Casey STONER 1'21.915 158.652 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2007 Casey STONER 1'22.542 157.447 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2008 Casey STONER 1'21.915 158.652 Km/h

 

 

Round Number: 
11
2008
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