2010 Catalunya MotoGP FP1 Result - Lorenzo Puts On Another Display

Jorge Lorenzo has started the Catalunya Grand Prix in inimitable and indomitable style, setting the fastest lap of the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class in a long string of punishingly fast laps. Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner is not far off the Fiat Yamaha man's pace, while Dani Pedrosa leads Repsol Honda teammate Andrea Dovizioso in 3rd and 4th, and nothing to choose between them. 

Behind the usual suspects in the top 4, Ben Spies really picked up the pace in the final minutes of the session, dropping his lap time by over 1.3 seconds to end the day in 5th, and just under six tenths off the pace of Lorenzo, an impressive feat at a track he is visiting for the first time. Spies finished ahead of Pramac Ducati's Aleix Espargaro.

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'43.259    
2 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'43.412 0.153 0.153
3 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'43.631 0.372 0.219
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'43.725 0.466 0.094
5 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'43.854 0.595 0.129
6 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 1'44.136 0.877 0.282
7 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'44.196 0.937 0.060
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'44.440 1.181 0.244
9 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'44.551 1.292 0.111
10 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'44.634 1.375 0.083
11 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'44.641 1.382 0.007
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'44.692 1.433 0.051
13 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1'44.745 1.486 0.053
14 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'44.806 1.547 0.061
15 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'45.004 1.745 0.198
16 64 Kousuke AKIYOSHI HONDA 1'47.757 4.498 2.753
17 8 Wataru YOSHIKAWA YAMAHA 1'48.015 4.756 0.258
Round Number: 
7
2010
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Comments

I think as long as Pedrosa doesn't hold him up in th beginning maybe he could ACTUALLY challenge Lorenzo for the win. But Pedrosa will get his good start as always. It would be nice to see a race where 1st place isn't guaranteed after the first few laps...