2010 Motegi MotoGP FP1 Result - Rossi Tops Session, Pedrosa Breaks Collarbone

The first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Motegi got off to a dramatic start, with Dani Pedrosa crashing out on just his third lap, falling heavily and fracturing a collarbone, potentially ending his weekend and his title hopes (see separate story). Despite the Repsol Honda rider's absence, an interesting session unfolded, which saw Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner lead until the final five minutes of practice. A strong lap by Pedrosa's Repsol teammate Andrea Dovizioso took the lead briefly, but a blistering lap by Valentino Rossi saw the Fiat Yamaha man finally bag the top spot.

That Rossi should set the fastest time came as something of a surprise: The reigning world champion has been suffering all year long with the consequences of a shoulder injury, and Rossi was expecting to have a very tough time with the hard braking for Motegi's many right handers. But Rossi ended the day two tenths ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, and three tenths ahead of his teammate, Jorge Lorenzo. Casey Stoner finished the session in 4th, ahead of Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Ben Spies, and a surprisingly strong Hiroshi Aoyama on the Interwetten Honda. Aoyama is under a lot of pressure to perform at Motegi, as the team will lose its sponsor at the end of the season, and badly needs good results to secure funding for next year. Aoyama is hoping that a strong showing at his home Grand Prix will be enough to secure support from Honda for 2011.

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'48.174    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'48.387 0.213 0.213
3 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'48.474 0.300 0.087
4 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'48.481 0.307 0.007
5 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'49.302 1.128 0.821
6 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'49.357 1.183 0.055
7 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'49.377 1.203 0.020
8 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'49.544 1.370 0.167
9 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'49.568 1.394 0.024
10 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'49.581 1.407 0.013
11 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'49.620 1.446 0.039
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'49.644 1.470 0.024
13 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'49.882 1.708 0.238
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'49.957 1.783 0.075
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 1'50.158 1.984 0.201
16 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1'51.105 2.931 0.947
Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'55.746
  26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 2'00.131 11.957 9.026
Round Number: 
14
2010
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Comments

Was it a wet session? Much softer on the brakes if so, which might explain Rossi's injury not coming into play as much? Shame about Dani.

He must have just completely lost his confidence. What a miserable time he must be having.

Hopefully he'll get a good ride in Moto2, and restore his confidence.

It looks like both green/white guys are getting it on their nerves. I guess an uncertain future can pan out two ways: giving it your absolute best or having a major dent in your confidence.

you can still give it your best and not get results. Confidence is EVERYTHING.

Unfortunately, not unlike love, it's either there or it's not. It's not something that can be willed into existence. (It can be portrayed outwardly, but the substance won't be there inside.)

Kallio's said he's not interested in racing in Moto2 because it hasn't settled down yet - no one knows if a certain Moto2 team is competitive or not next season and he really can't afford another bad career choice. Most of the WSBK rides are gone now so we'll see if he has reasonable choices other than quitting.

he has already decided to retire from racing after this season. He's just so far from having any enjoyment out of his current situation that it seems just the thought of racing for a living is sickening for him. He is just discouraged and exhausted.

A little time after the season will hopefully reinvigorate him...

I just listened to a 5 minute interview he gave after Aragon. I don't think it sounded like his number one option to quit. He is very dissappointed with how the season has gone and has thought about that too.

They've been trying to set-up the bike the whole season but he hasn't found the feeling and confidence with the bike no matter what they do to it.

I don't understand why the Pramac guys still haven't been able to try the '09 forks that worked for Stoner.

Kallio had quite similar problems with 2009 forks as well so I think the change wouldn't help him.

On the '09 bike, he was nearly completely dominant, save for being ill half of the season.

This year, whenever he has the '09 forks on the '10 bike, he is near the front (but not necessarily dominant).

Only the factory riders (Rossi and Lorenzo) got the new spec engines. The Tech 3 boys are still using the old spec engine, and probably won't get the new engine.