2009 Sepang MotoGP FP1 Result - Lorenzo Close To Lap Record

Jorge Lorenzo got his weekend off to an ideal start at Sepang, setting the fastest time in the first session of free practice, just a fraction of a second ahead of the Australian Casey Stoner. Valentino Rossi had dominated early on, but as the second half of the session commenced, Casey Stoner took over the running at the front. With 10 minutes to go, Rossi looked like getting back in contention with Stoner, but the Italian was balked in the final corner by Alex de Angelis.

A couple of minutes later, Casey Stoner took a lot of time off his previous best lap. But with 2 minutes to go, Jorge Lorenzo went even faster, setting an impressive time of 2'02.180, just a few hundredths above the current lap record. Stoner was left in 2nd place, just behind Lorenzo, but then half a second separated 3rd place man Dani Pedrosa from Stoner. The improvements by the rest of the Fantastic Four pushed Valentino Rossi down into 4th place.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 2'02.180    
2 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 2'02.244 0.064 0.064
3 3 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 2'02.758 0.578 0.514
4 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 2'02.864 0.684 0.106
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 2'03.142 0.962 0.278
6 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 2'03.253 1.073 0.111
7 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 2'03.294 1.114 0.041
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 2'03.426 1.246 0.132
9 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 2'03.739 1.559 0.313
10 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 2'03.763 1.583 0.024
11 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 2'03.785 1.605 0.022
12 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 2'04.042 1.862 0.257
13 33 Marco MELANDRI KAWASAKI 2'04.274 2.094 0.232
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 2'04.664 2.484 0.390
15 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 2'05.218 3.038 0.554
16 41 Gabor TALMACSI HONDA 2'05.289 3.109 0.071
17 44 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 2'05.336 3.156 0.047
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[ ...but the Italian was balked in the final corner by Alex de Angelis.]

Watching it live, while De Angelis was not on a hot lap, it looked to me like he was taking a VERY wide line around the corner, and Rossi just braked WAY too late, and so ran out wide. Maybe seeing De Angelis threw Rossi off his concentration at a critical point, but from what I saw De Angelis did not hinder him.

I did not mean to imply that it was intentional or due to De Angelis' carelessness. Rossi was just going a lot faster than De Angelis, and De Angelis couldn't get out of Rossi's way. So to my mind, De Angelis balked him, but through no fault of his own.