2011 Jerez MotoGP FP3 Result: Pedrosa Dominates Honda Whitewash

Dani Pedrosa may have a problem with his shoulder over the length of a 45 minute race, but it is not impeding the Repsol Honda rider from being fast. Pedrosa scorched to a lap of 1'38.865, three tenths under the race lap record, and about the same distance ahead of his teammate Casey Stoner. Marco Simoncelli completed a Honda clean sweep of the top three, the San Carlo Gresini rider a third of a second quicker than Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo. Randy de Puniet was the best Ducati rider, with Valentino Rossi not far behind in 6th.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'38.864    
2 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'39.171 0.307 0.307
3 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'39.355 0.491 0.184
4 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'39.682 0.818 0.327
5 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'39.695 0.831 0.013
6 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'39.822 0.958 0.127
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'40.163 1.299 0.341
8 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'40.188 1.324 0.025
9 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'40.202 1.338 0.014
10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'40.210 1.346 0.008
11 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'40.335 1.471 0.125
12 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'40.477 1.613 0.142
13 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'40.511 1.647 0.034
14 21 John HOPKINS SUZUKI 1'40.903 2.039 0.392
15 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'41.052 2.188 0.149
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'41.056 2.192 0.004
17 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'41.063 2.199 0.007

 

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A few suprises here, of course Dani at the top, but DePuniet and better yet, Crutchlow put in some good laps. Hopper made a big improvement from yesterday, but whats going on with Spies? I hope he can move up in qualifying.
If Dani can last the whole race, we could be in for some great entertainment. *Go Simoncelli!!*

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I can't help but wonder if Dani didn't go out on a soft tyre - he did just 3 full laps then back into the pits. After that he set some mid to low 1;39's but nowhere near his early lap flyer, and not as fast as Stoner either for that matter. It maybe that he has learned to put a bit of pressure on his opponents this way from being put on the receiving end of it by Stoner for a few years. "I can go very fast, but maybe not for full race distance"could be the thought process. I hope the next operation resolves the shoulder issues and he can get amongst it all year.

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