2010 Silverstone MotoGP Warm Up Result - Stoner Heads Lorenzo, Pedrosa Crashes

The Marlboro Ducatis found some speed during the morning warmup for the MotoGP class. Casey Stoner ended the session fastest, with teammate Nicky Hayden in 3rd, and Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo sandwiched between them in 2nd. The cool temperatures combined with the bumpy track to cause a couple of crashes. Dani Pedrosa lost the front on the way in to Club Corner, and slid off, walking away unhurt. Hiroshi Aoyama was less fortunate, being flicked off in a big highside. His injury status is unknown at this time.

UPDATE: Hiroshi Aoyama landed on his back and bruised it heavily. He was in severe pain, and has been taken to hospital for further examination. He will not be racing.

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 2'04.711    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 2'04.820 0.109 0.109
3 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 2'05.019 0.308 0.199
4 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 2'05.267 0.556 0.248
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 2'05.682 0.971 0.415
6 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 2'05.772 1.061 0.090
7 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 2'05.817 1.106 0.045
8 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 2'05.873 1.162 0.056
9 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 2'06.493 1.782 0.620
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 2'06.686 1.975 0.193
11 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 2'06.815 2.104 0.129
12 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 2'07.457 2.746 0.642
13 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 2'07.801 3.090 0.344
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 2'08.336 3.625 0.535
15 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 2'09.565 4.854 1.229
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 2'14.475 9.764 4.910
Round Number: 
5
2010
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Comments

Interesting to note the amount of fairly brutal highsides recently - Rossi, Spies, Aoyama, Bautista and more. Earlier on in the 4 stroke era it was quite rare to see one, this year seems to be the year that highsides are back in. Looks like TC is getting cut back to the point where it has little effect in some cases at least.

I don't think that TC is the issue here. These are the type of highsiders that TC never have saved, or can save. The TC:s main purpose is helping you find the limit and making it more safe and efficient to get on the gas mid-corner and out of it.

The highsiders we see nowadays is more the result of a combination of the extreme grip levels of the modern Bridgestone tyres which give incredible corner speed, the characteristics of them having a very narrow span between grip and no grip, and the demand on tyre temperature to not drastically lower the grip levels.

When a little bit to cold tyre looses its grip at full lean angle, and throw in some gas to go with that, it probably doesn't help at all that a TC system pulls back on the power - the damage is already done.

One thing that I find interesting is this year on board tire temperature sensors have been banned and it seams the top riders have been having difficulty with tires.