2011 Jerez MotoGP FP2 Result: Repsols Still Lead, Lorenzo Closer

Dani Pedrosa took his turn at the front in the second session of free practice at Jerez, the Repsol Honda rider finishing a couple of tenths ahead of his teammate Casey Stoner. Jorge Lorenzo ended the session in 3rd, just edging Marco Simoncelli. Valentino Rossi headed up a close group in 5th, the Marlboro Ducati rider ending just a few hundredths ahead of Randy de Puniet, Ben Spies and Nicky Hayden.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'40.101    
2 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'40.289 0.188 0.188
3 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'40.623 0.522 0.334
4 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'40.701 0.600 0.078
5 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'40.956 0.855 0.255
6 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'40.982 0.881 0.026
7 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'41.053 0.952 0.071
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'41.058 0.957 0.005
9 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'41.292 1.191 0.234
10 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'41.304 1.203 0.012
11 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'41.337 1.236 0.033
12 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'41.407 1.306 0.070
13 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'41.665 1.564 0.258
14 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'41.810 1.709 0.145
15 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'41.854 1.753 0.044
16 21 John HOPKINS SUZUKI 1'42.305 2.204 0.451
17 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'42.690 2.589 0.385


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Rossi,de Puniet,Hayden and Abraham all in the top 10 covered by half a second.
For the first time since Valencia testing Ducati have a reason to really smile rather than put on a brave face.
Hope the times they posted are an indication of their race pace.FP2 is always a good indicator.
Does not seem as though anyone can do much about Casey and Dani except George over race distance.
Great to see young Karel's progress.

Though it could be anticipated since they had 5 or 6 days of private test at this this track during the winter. What is "less good news" is that Rossi on the best Ducati is almost 9 tenths from the Repsols.

Only the second session and Hopkins is already faster than Elias. Has there ever been anyone that gave up midseason? He's hopelessly off pace and doesn't appear to be able to adapt.

LCR needs to figure something out for poor Toni. Good to see Hopper back though. Not sure of his experience on the Bridgestones but judging from how close his lap times are he seems to be adapting well.

Very interesting. Tomorrow looks to be a few degrees cooler.
Times should come down.

But there's still a strong chance of rain on Sunday!
Lorenzo used to suffer in the wet, but IIRC he's done well in recent wet races.
Valentino and Nicky both go pretty well in the rain, don't they?
Can they do so on the Ducati?

Who else?

Stoner was good last year during wet practice in Aragon. Has anyone seen Spies on wet tracks?
As for Rossi, a measure of progress will be to keep 0,5 sec difference when times dip into the 1'38s. 2morrow will be cooler and on Sunday the weatherman says rain.
It' ll upset quite a few plans.

Yeah if I remember right he raced one of his first races on a Motogp Bike, (Suzuki, Wildcard Ride in UK) in the Rain. Came in 14th.

...was a wet race; as in hurricane.

The race was shortened, due to increasing winds, but Spies finished 6th and, as usual, was working his way forward.

Rossi, Hayden, Lorenzo, Dovizioso, and Stoner were all in front of him.

David, any idea why the top seven set slower lap times in FP2? In fact, most of the field was slower, with only a few getting faster. Was it colder? Wetter?

I'll write more about it tonight, but the short story was it was windier and the track was a little colder, and the everyone was complaining about a lack of grip.

Are looking unstoppable. Dani has extra inspiration being in Spain so he may give and extra hard fight. Lorenzo looked frustrated in the pit and will probably start a mutiny if Yamaha don't come with an engine with more power soon. Rossi and Depuniet both seem to be getting better riding their Ducati's. Looking forward to Qualifying.

Seems inevitable,a wet race.Ben,I suspect will have no problem with it,given past performances in the wet.
Critical for him is grid slot and start.
Mind you,given the impending rain,the entire weekend is shaping up to be a lottery.
We know Casey is a masterclass in changeable conditions and especially when its a wash out.
Valentino has achieved some remarkable wet race results.
All anticipation and speculation.
More specifically,are Bridgestone equipped for this one ?
It will change tomorrow and even more on Sunday.
Dorna wanted to shift Philip Island based on weather predictions. Predict this !!!
I cant wait to see qualifying selection.
Additionally,I hope Casey and the whole grid do not do a Donington 2009.Fate is something,but here and now come Sunday is everything.