2010 Phillip Island MotoGP FP1 Result - Lorenzo Takes Charge In The Wet

After a delay of two hours due to horrific weather and a dirty track at Phillip Island, the first session of free practice got underway on a cold, wet and windy circuit, though the circuit started to dry out as the session progressed. Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest man in the miserable conditions, getting his return to the track after wrapping up the 2010 world title off to a strong start. The Fiat Yamaha man was a third of a second quicker than local boy and the winner of the last races here, Casey Stoner, who in turn was just over a tenth quicker than his Marlboro Ducati teammate Nicky Hayden.

A gaggle of Hondas finished from 4th to 6th, with the San Carlo Gresini bikes of Marco Simoncelli and Marco Melandri ending ahead of the Repsol machine of Andrea Dovizioso, Dovizioso the first rider to be over a second behind Lorenzo. A pair of Yamahas followed the Hondas, Valentino Rossi setting the 7th fastest time, nearly a second and a half behind his Fiat Yamaha teammate, while Colin Edwards was the best part of two seconds slower than Lorenzo on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha. 


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'41.146    
2 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'41.480 0.334 0.334
3 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'41.631 0.485 0.151
4 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'41.881 0.735 0.250
5 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'41.982 0.836 0.101
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'42.271 1.125 0.289
7 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'42.626 1.480 0.355
8 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'43.013 1.867 0.387
9 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'43.476 2.330 0.463
10 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'43.984 2.838 0.508
11 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1'44.179 3.033 0.195
12 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'44.704 3.558 0.525
13 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'45.695 4.549 0.991
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'46.160 5.014 0.465
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 1'48.127 6.981 1.967
Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'48.226
  26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'51.210 10.064 3.083
  11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'58.613 17.467 7.403
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"Ben Spies waited 15 minutes to go out, then did only two laps at speed before returning to the pits and changing into his street clothes."

Or at least, that's what The Twitter™ tells me.

Here's what Spies said in the press release:

"There wasn't a lot to be gained out there today. I did a couple of laps and it is not the rain and the cold, but the wind was so unpredictable it was making it quite dangerous. I couldn't really brake on the right line and to gain anything out there this afternoon I'd have to ride so on the limit that it wasn't worth taking any risks. If it was Saturday morning and it was going to be like this all day I'd have stuck in a full session, but I wasn't going to learn much when the conditions are that bad. I didn't want to risk getting hurt or tearing up any equipment and makin g the guys have to build up a new bike for tomorrow just because I made a mistake in less than ideal conditions. Hopefully the weather will be better tomorrow and we can get some serious work done because I love this track and am confident of another strong performance in the race." 

Edwards also called it "some of the worst conditions you'll ever have to ride in" because of the wind.

Just checked weather for the weekend . . . showers in the morning w/possible clearing in the afternoon. The 'cat may be amount the pidgeons' for the race!