2009 Catalunya MotoGP FP2 Result - Lorenzo Smashes Lap Record And Crushes The Field

Jorge Lorenzo destroyed the competition during the second session of free practice, with a final five minutes in which he smashed the race lap record and put in a run faster than anyone else on track. With nearly 5 minutes left in the session, Lorenzo first took pole from team mate Rossi, taking nearly 0.6 seconds off the Italian, then dropped under 1'42 with a lap of 1'41.899. To put that into perspective, last year, that time would have put the Spaniard in 7th place on the grid, ahead of 12 other riders all using the now abolished super-sticky qualifying tires.

Andrea Dovizioso set the 2nd fastest time, jumping ahead of Valentino Rossi in the final minutes of the session, though the Repsol Honda rider had been quick for much of practice. Rossi was left down in 3rd, just under a second slower than his team mate and now title rival Jorge Lorenzo. Rossi had taken the lead in the second half of the session, and led until usurped by his team mate.

Dani Pedrosa finished in 4th, the Spaniard managing his pain much better than yesterday, when he was well down the order. Pedrosa even led in the first half of practice, until Rossi took the top spot away.

Strange things happening over at Ducati, however. Casey Stoner was a lowly - for Stoner - 7th on the timesheets, and was never a factor, even spending a large part of FP2 outside the top 10. Likewise, Nicky Hayden's gains from yesterday seemed to have disappeared into thin air, languishing down in 17th place until the final minutes, when he leapt up the standings to eventually finish 10th. Hayden was once again not the second fastest Ducati, as Niccolo Canepa found a little something to take him up to 9th spot. The Pramac rider had been pretty fast all session, so it was a clear improvement.

Class new boy Gabor Talmacsi improved his time once again, breaking into the 1'46s, but is still just under 5 seconds off the lead. Still a fairly impressive start for a man who last year was racing 125cc bikes.

The final grid will be determined during this afternoon's official qualifying session.

Result of the FP2 session for the MotoGP class at Barcelona:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'41.899    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'42.573 0.674 0.674
3 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'42.810 0.911 0.237
4 3 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'43.049 1.150 0.239
5 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'43.316 1.417 0.267
6 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'43.409 1.510 0.093
7 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'43.496 1.597 0.087
8 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'43.628 1.729 0.132
9 88 Niccolo CANEPA DUCATI 1'43.635 1.736 0.007
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'43.658 1.759 0.023
11 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'43.682 1.783 0.024
12 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'43.726 1.827 0.044
13 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI HONDA 1'43.772 1.873 0.046
14 59 Sete GIBERNAU DUCATI 1'43.799 1.900 0.027
15 33 Marco MELANDRI KAWASAKI 1'43.840 1.941 0.041
16 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'43.857 1.958 0.017
17 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1'43.969 2.070 0.112
18 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'44.295 2.396 0.326
19 41 Gabor TALMACSI HONDA 1'46.844 4.945 2.549
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