2011 Estoril MotoGP FP1 Result: Simoncelli Takes Charge

Hostilities have been resumed in the MotoGP class at Estoril, and the first session of free practice turned into a much more interesting affair than FP1 usually manages. The lead swapped constantly throughout the session, with San Carlo Gresini's Marco Simoncelli and factory Yamaha man Jorge Lorenzo taking turns at the top, later joined by Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner.

Simoncelli came out on top at the end, setting the fastest lap at the very end of the session, and pushing Stoner down into 2nd, ahead of his Repsol teammate Dani Pedrosa. Jorge Lorenzo ended the session in 4th, ahead of Valentino Rossi, the Italian putting in a very strong showing on the Marlboro Ducati. Andrea Doviziso finished behind Rossi, but ahead of the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha of Colin Edwards and the second factory Yamaha of Ben Spies. Hector Barbera of the Aspar Ducati team and Randy de Puniet on the Pramac Ducati rounded out the top ten.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'38.032    
2 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'38.241 0.209 0.209
3 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'38.259 0.227 0.018
4 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'38.413 0.381 0.154
5 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'38.569 0.537 0.156
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'38.781 0.749 0.212
7 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'38.862 0.830 0.081
8 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'38.895 0.863 0.033
9 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'39.042 1.010 0.147
10 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'39.779 1.747 0.737
11 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'39.848 1.816 0.069
12 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'39.856 1.824 0.008
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'40.129 2.097 0.273
14 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'40.199 2.167 0.070
15 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'40.407 2.375 0.208
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'40.469 2.437 0.062
17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'41.034 3.002 0.565

 

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Good to see him on top, but lets see what happens in the afternoon

Why is Hayden so far off of Rossi's pace? 2+ seconds in FP1?? I'm guessing that because of the lack of testing time, Ducati have him testing new stuff so that Rossi can concentrate all his efforts on getting the best results possible.

The reason Nicky is so far off Rossi's pace ( and Stoners', when he rode the Ducati ) is because he is not the rider those guys are. Nicky belongs in World Superbike. He is big bore, no traction control kind of guy. He may do better next year when Moto GP goes back to 1000cc, but only if they eliminate traction control, which they won't. Since he's been in this class, he has won only three races. Don't get me wrong, I like Nicky, a lot. I wish he could win. But unless it's raining and people are falling down, he will not win again. Look at how many races Rossi, Stoner, and Lorenzo won in their championship winning years. When Nicky won his championship, he won two races. He won through a combination of his consistency and Rossi's inconsistency that year. Until he retires, he will remain a mid pack guy like Colin. I prefer to see him win and that is why I would like to see him in World Superbike.