2010 Estoril MotoGP FP2 Result - Lorenzo Leads Under A Clearing Sky

With skies clearing and the weather surprising everyone by improving radically, the MotoGP riders finally got a chance to put in some serious laps at Estoril in the second session of free practice. The session started out in a light rain and on a sodden track, and Casey Stoner sped to the top of the timesheets, firmly in control for much of practice. But as the sun came out and something approaching a dry line appeared, others started to make inroads on Stoner's position.

At the end of practice, it was Fiat Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo who set the quickest time, ending FP2 just over a tenth ahead of Stoner's Marlboro Ducati teammate Nicky Hayden. Hayden split the Fiat Yamaha teammates, Valentino Rossi over a third of a second behind Lorenzo in 3rd, while Rossi was himself the filling in a Marlboro Ducati sandwich, with Casey Stoner ending up 4th. 

Behind the front four loomed a large gap, with Ben Spies nearly two thirds of a second behind on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, while San Carlo Gresini's Marco Melandri had an outstanding afternoon, ending up 6th, just behind Spies.

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'48.522    
2 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'48.657 0.135 0.135
3 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'48.883 0.361 0.226
4 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'49.061 0.539 0.178
5 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'49.721 1.199 0.660
6 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'49.784 1.262 0.063
7 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'50.043 1.521 0.259
8 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'51.283 2.761 1.240
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'52.294 3.772 1.011
10 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'52.575 4.053 0.281
11 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'53.131 4.609 0.556
12 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'53.510 4.988 0.379
13 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'53.592 5.070 0.082
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 1'53.769 5.247 0.177
15 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'54.389 5.867 0.620
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'54.410 5.888 0.021
17 71 Carlos CHECA DUCATI 1'54.444 5.922 0.034
Round Number: 
17
2010
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Comments

...that RdP and Simoncelli ran the session without stopping!  (Or, is it?)

What kind of tires can do that in the wet?

Tomorrow is supposed to be rainy again but Sunday is forcast for clearing.

I would like to see a wet race just to see how everyone can go in the wet but I'm sure all the racers (except maybe Melandri and DePuniet) would disagree.

Good run by Marco Melandri, he's always been pretty handy on a changing circuit. I have not bothered to check whether Spies has ever ridden this track, but has he not, that FP2 session was awesome.

He has not ridden Estoril, I believe. His experience in Portugal is Portimao only.
Good job on Nicky since his record here isn't that great and there isn't many left handers.

Would love to see a wet race or another crazy bike switch half way through the rece.

Did Carlos bring any of his SBK crew with him?
I wonder if he'll move up the ranks tomorrow.

He brought one of his engineers from Ducati Althea and yes, he will move up the order for sure, which if very impressive when you consider the results achieved by De Angelis during his stint in MotoGP only a few months after leaving the category...