2011 Estoril MotoGP FP3 Result: Capirossi Tops Damp Session

Loris Capirossi has topped the third session of free practice at the Estoril circuit, and the fact that the man who has so far struggled to tame the Pramac Ducati was the fastest in the session was a sign of how mixed the conditions were. The track slowly dried out throughout the course or practice, but large sections remained slick, with damp patches throughout. Most of the riders chose to remain in the pits for much of the session, with only a few circulating on track.

At the end of the session, it was Loris Capirossi who posted the fastest time, half a second ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, who was in turn faster than the Marlboro Ducatis of Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi. Clouds are hanging in the hills to the northwest of the circuit, and there would seem to be a very good chance of rain during qualifying.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'44.515    
2 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'45.079 0.564 0.564
3 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'45.955 1.440 0.876
4 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'46.481 1.966 0.526
5 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'47.676 3.161 1.195
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'47.849 3.334 0.173
7 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'48.102 3.587 0.253
8 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'48.140 3.625 0.038
9 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'49.117 4.602 0.977
10 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'50.896 6.381 1.779
11 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'51.497 6.982 0.601
12 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'51.611 7.096 0.114
Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'51.831
  11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'52.111 7.596 0.500
  8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'52.704 8.189 0.593
  7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'53.670 9.155 0.966
  35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'53.872 9.357 0.202
  19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI    

 

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I've seen photos on GPone of Capirossi's bike, it seems he has twisted somehow his trademark 65 into a 6.5% figure. Does anyone know what he means ?

The 6.5% is a reference to a wind energy sponsor, Windreich. 6.5% is the guaranteed return on investment in the scheme. They also sponsor Stefan Bradl, whose number is also 65.

Your last sentence reads "Clouds are hanging in the hills to the northwest of the circuit, and there would seem to be a very good chance of during qualifying."
I guess you meant rain, right?

were put up on slick tyres, I'm pretty sure. I think most guys didn't put them on untill the last 8 min. of the session.