2011 Estoril MotoGP FP2 Result: Simoncelli Leads Second Session In A Row

Marco Simoncelli has shown that his fast time in the morning session at Estoril was no fluke by taking top spot in FP2 for the MotoGP class. The San Carlo Gresini Honda rider just edged Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, who was in turn just three thousandths of a second faster than Repsol Dani Pedrosa. Valentino Rossi ended the session in 4th but with an identical time to Casey Stoner, posted right at the every end of the session, and from directly behind the tail of Stoner's Repsol Honda. Stoner threw a little fuel on the fire at the end of his lap by turning round to Rossi and tapping the tail of his Honda, insinuating that the only reason Rossi set that time was thanks to a tow by the Australian. Rossi's strong times earlier in the session would appear to contradict such an accusation, however.

Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Colin Edwards set the 6th fastest time, finishing ahead of the once again impressive Karel Abraham, the Czech rider putting his Cardion AB Ducati into 7th, ahead of the factory Yamaha of Ben Spies and the factory Ducati of Nicky Hayden. Hector Barbera rounds out the top 10 on the Mapfre Aspar Ducati.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'37.663    
2 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'37.724 0.061 0.061
3 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'37.727 0.064 0.003
4 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'38.102 0.439 0.375
5 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'38.102 0.439 0.000
6 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'38.203 0.540 0.101
7 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'38.473 0.810 0.270
8 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'38.563 0.900 0.090
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'38.596 0.933 0.033
10 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'38.611 0.948 0.015
11 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'38.645 0.982 0.034
12 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'38.658 0.995 0.013
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'38.760 1.097 0.102
14 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'38.912 1.249 0.152
15 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'39.021 1.358 0.109
16 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'39.137 1.474 0.116
17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'40.173 2.510 1.036


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Practice/ qualifying is going to schedule to date. They are still approx. 1.5 secs off qualifying times. To date Rossi has been good up to a point and then doesn't progress when the quick guys start laying the times down. Stoner's got a bee in his bonnet and fair enough too!

who else he can get a tow from, ha ha!

That lap was the result of getting a tow from PD26 and utilizing the slip stream down the long kilometer straight. Earlier in his session he did the same to NH69 on the straight. Case in point, just look at his T4 time. He's P2 and just 5/1000's off Jorenzo. His placings in the other three sectors are T1/P16, T2/P11, T3/P11.

I didn't think he could do it again, but good for him. I don't think Rossi was that close to Stoner on that last lap, it couldn't of helped him.

That was an interesting session.

Top 3 within a tenth of a second.
But looking at the lap times Dani was in de 37's
the most and had a good string of them on I think
his second run!!! Really hope his operation cured
his problems and he can take the fight
too Lorenzo on Sunday!!! As I still think Lorenzo will
be the man to beat this weekend.

Good too see that Stoner and Rossi are still at it. :-P

The teams must be scratching their heads whilst looking to the heavens.
Yesterday it looked as though it would go 'swimmingly' all weekend. Now it looks like a kayak may be a good option for quali,with todays data a good option for Sundays race.
Casey did okay,but needs to drop the mind games and get on with it.
He's not in Rossi's head and Rossi could care less. Rossi looked solid in both sessions.
I don't read too much into todays FP1/2,but the top speeds posted were interesting. Generally,the heavier riders posting the highest speeds throughout the proceedings.
Old argument revisited.Terminal velocity prior to braking point determined by mass over the rear traction available given more or less equal 'twist' available.
In FP1,Valentino had posted about a 9km/hr top speed aggregate over Dani, Casey and George. FP2 and Nick stepped up to the top speed plate.
Let's see what the morrow brings.
Look forward to the press releases.

Why are de Puniet and Capirossi sitting at the bottom end of the time sheets? I was really bummed that de Puniet got bumped from LCR, he was riding pretty damn good last year on that bike. I wonder how long Cecchinello will keep things going with Elias if things don't improve...

Nice work Marco! Definitely proving that he is worthy of a factory bike, hopefully he can emerge from this weekend with a podium or win.

Good session today with some very notable performances especially Simo and Karel. Casey seems to have recuperated least well, from the enforced holiday. It's strangely ironic that Simo is on the same bike as Casey and Karel got some rather uncalled for yap from said Aussie before the season started...
Will be interesting to see how tomorrow pans out if it's wet..

Well those sessions were quite interesting. Stoner stuggling is a great shock. I do not believe he will struggle too long. But it does seem like Rossi is back in his head again watching Stoner tap the back of his bike. I think he just needs a night of sleep like he himself said, to wake up on the right side in the morning. Bet tomorrow in Qualifying Stoner will be back to his best. Rossi seems to be getting a better understanding of the Ducati. His struggles with that bike this year reminds me of when he switched to Bridgestone and started the season slowly building momentum until he started winning again. He may not take a championship......(though you will never get me to count him out), but I bet he wins at least A race.

Marco Simoncelli is showing master skills. The dude is dangerous, normally I would not rank him above Ben Spies, but two sessions at the top in a row. And is it just me or does Ben look a little unfocused? He would slow down in the middle of fast laps a couple of times. I am a big fan of Ben Spies, not ashamed about it, not a groupie b*tch for him but he is the best talent I have seen from America in a long time. Hope he finds that extra step he needs. He seems to find more speed in the middle of the race, but hopefully he is close enough to the front this time to show it.

Cal Crutchlow, impressive. Colin Edwards, doing it well for the old folks. Bring on qualifying.

Spies usually starts the weekend slow and steady, and progresses to a crescendo by the race.

I hope he continues that trend this weekend. He has sure got the "slow start" down. Now he just needs to do the crescendo part.

Sic is really flying and is going to be a force this weekend. Dani is thinking... "umm, I think SimoSic needs to add some ballast to that Honda".

Go Spies!

Listening to Motopod a couple of weeks back it seemed that Estoril was the one track where Spies had setting problems mainly because race day and qualifying conditions were entirely different and he did not have previous track knowledge to use as a basis. Things again this year are in a state of flux weather-wise, so might this be the cause of Spies's slow start.
I hope Spies has a good race, he's got the focus and raw speed to do it and I think someone else on the box this early in the season will really shake things up!

The commenters here shouldn't have too much trouble taking up the slack! More awesome work here guys, especially PIT BULLs analysis.

How about it David? Pick a race that you can get to, and just go enjoy the race with no pressure - lord knows you deserve it - but put up a few placeholders on the site for the usual suspects to school us on proceedings?