2010 Misano MotoGP FP1 Result - Pedrosa Crushes The Field

Dani Pedrosa's outstanding form continues, the Spaniard crossing the Atlantic after winning in Indianapolis, then setting the fastest time in the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Misano. Pedrosa's advantage was sizable, the Repsol Honda rider besting his teammate Andrea Dovizioso by over six tenths of a second. Jorge Lorenzo looked like getting close to Pedrosa's time, but once Pedrosa upped the pace to drop into the 1'34 bracket, Lorenzo could not follow, ending the session in 3rd behind the Repsol Honda pair.

Lorenzo headed up a gaggle of Yamahas, finishing ahead of Fiat Yamaha teammate Rossi by just under a tenth of a second, and the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha pairing of Colin Edwards and Ben Spies. Another pair of teammates finished in 7th and 8th, Nicky Hayden ending ahead of a deflated Casey Stoner, who told the press yesterday that he simply could not get any more out of the current version of the Ducati. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'34.772    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'35.384 0.612 0.612
3 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'35.444 0.672 0.060
4 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'35.539 0.767 0.095
5 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'35.834 1.062 0.295
6 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'35.892 1.120 0.058
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'36.028 1.256 0.136
8 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'36.072 1.300 0.044
9 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'36.126 1.354 0.054
10 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'36.277 1.505 0.151
11 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'36.293 1.521 0.016
12 14 Randy DEPUNIET HONDA 1'36.454 1.682 0.161
13 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'36.533 1.761 0.079
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 1'36.716 1.944 0.183
15 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'37.001 2.229 0.285
16 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1'37.697 2.925 0.696
17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'37.900 3.128 0.203
Round Number: 
12
2010
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Total votes: 34

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I hope Colin keeps his form the whole weekend I'd like to see him finish well

Total votes: 24

What Stoner is saying about the bike must equate to pretty high praise for Hayden, then.

Total votes: 38

Does qualifying high then finishing much lower in the race deserve praise? Sure he's been more consistent in not actually crashing but he's still behind his team mate despite Casey having crashed on two more occasions when compared to Nicky.

Total votes: 31

I realize that I could never race these bikes even at my peak, but Stoner is really beginning to sound like a wanker.

The lady sitting next to me at the Indy MotoGP referred to him as "that Rocky guy"

Total votes: 31

I keep thinking he's going to pull one out of the hat this year..... but tomarrow never comes...

He's great in qualifying and then loses the front or feels he can't push. Perhaps the carbon frame does not transmit the feeling well enough for him to be able to feel the front?

Very talented rider - but I have to agree with the "colorful medifore" you used to discribe him;-) ( Wankr - put a damn big smile on my face - Us american's are easily amused)

Total votes: 27

Hard to believe Ducat are 7th and 8th. Who would have thought that Stoner could go so slow around this place?

I'm not sure exactly what Ducati have done to their GP bike, but they've managed to turn back the clock 5 or 6 years to a time when they were struggling for podiums.

Total votes: 32

good for pendrosa he needs some good results. but it is only practice, I would not put much stock into the times so far, there are only 2 times that matter, pole and race pace. I thought recently ducati was struggling with front end chatter. but its only practice.

Total votes: 31

It does sound like praise for Hayden - but I suspect it was more accidental on Stoner's part. I do not think that he really thought that through.

As for the state of the Ducati's pace this year, I wonder if it is more about the Hondas and Yamahas (bikes and/or riders) picking up their pace?

Mako

Total votes: 30

Something to consider - Hayden, Stoner, Lorenzo, and Spies are all in a bit of an engine situation. Nic and JL have admitted to saving the best slugs for Qualifying and the race. So add .15 or .25 to each of those riders and the standings are a little better. Not that Pedrosa isn't really hauling tail.

Not to forget too the stones work best when well loaded, so add a little more drive out of the corners thus a little more heat then the chatter, and feedback will disappear confidence builds and the times will drop.

This imo is one of the biggest reasons engine restraints should be scrapped at this point in the season FP1 and FP2 are really simply a matter of turning average laps.

Total votes: 39

That is a good point. I just received the engine lists, and there were a lot of people running around on old engines. Tomorrow might turn out different. 

Total votes: 26

David, your article on the engine status was great. Will you update it from time to time? This would be useful to have a better picture of what is happening.

Total votes: 33

I'll do another full update after this weekend. Then at some point during the flyaways. And there'll be a separate story tonight. 

Total votes: 36

Does anyone else find it strange that you never hear of Colin going down this year? Not in the races, practices, anywhere.
The reason I mention it is that I wonder if Colin has lost the drive to ride at 10/10 anymore. He is doing well so far this weekend but I just feel like he will qualify in the bottom third and then have a lackluster race.

Total votes: 35

Colin is not a crasher and never has been. According to him he never crashed much even in his motocross days.

Total votes: 29

Thankyou Mako..
Someone finally made a decent remark...Thats exactly on the money..The Honda's and the Yamaha's have picked up their game and are the fast bikes out there..The Ducati isn't cutting it at the moment..
As usuall all the Anti Stoner crowd come out again because he saide he gave it everything and they were off the pace..That makes him a wanker ?
Fastest wanker i have ever seen...From what i can see he is the only one that tells it like it is and doesn't make "political" statements so he doesn't upset his employer..I think they should throw the screamer engine back in it and watch him catch them back up again..

Total votes: 36

But please don't count me as a Stoner fan as a result. I want to see a good race and as such I want all of them to be competitive.
When it comes to Stoner, there are a lot of reasons to give the guy a hard time ("lactose intolerance", comments that sound a lot like complaining, etc), but I will also agree is awful quick when he has his head on straight.

Mako

Total votes: 32