2011 Estoril MotoGP Race And QP vs Test Times Comparison

Though the raw times themselves from the test provide interesting data, comparing the test times to the times set during the race weekend make for an educational exercise. Comparing the best test time to the times set during free practice and the race, it was Cal Crutchlow who made the biggest improvement, with Marco Simoncelli the rider showing the second-best improvement. Jorge Lorenzo improved almost as much as Simoncelli, with Casey Stoner, Ben Spies, Nicky Hayden and Alvaro Bautista bettering their times by over a second.

Comparison of combined FP1, FP2, FP3 and Race vs Test:

Pos No. Rider Bike Test Time Weekend Improvement
1 35 Cal Crutchlow YAMAHA 1:36.850 1:38.736 1.886
2 58 Marco Simoncelli HONDA 1:36.211 1:37.663 1.452
3 1 Jorge Lorenzo YAMAHA 1:36.316 1:37.724 1.408
4 27 Casey Stoner HONDA 1:36.602 1:37.853 1.251
5 11 Ben Spies YAMAHA 1:37.421 1:38.563 1.142
6 69 Nicky Hayden DUCATI 1:37.463 1:38.596 1.133
7 19 Alvaro Bautista* SUZUKI 1:38.850 1:39.888 1.038
8 4 Andrea Dovizioso HONDA 1:37.460 1:38.263 0.803
9 5 Colin Edwards YAMAHA 1:37.410 1:38.203 0.793
10 46 Valentino Rossi DUCATI 1:37.382 1:38.102 0.720
11 7 Hiroshi Aoyama HONDA 1:38.032 1:38.645 0.613
12 24 Toni Elias HONDA 1:38.412 1:38.912 0.500
13 65 Loris Capirossi DUCATI 1:38.633 1:39.021 0.388
14 17 Karel Abraham DUCATI 1:38.087 1:38.473 0.386
15 26 Dani Pedrosa HONDA 1:37.679 1:37.629 -0.050

 

When comparing qualifying times to the test times, a slightly different picture emerges. Here it was Toni Elias who made the biggest step forward, with Nicky Hayden nearly matching the improvement made by the LCR Honda rider. Cal Crutchlow graces the top of the improvement table once again, while Marco Simoncelli is the final rider to pick up over a second between qualifying and the test. 

QP vs Test times comparison:

Pos No. Rider Bike Test Time Qualifying Improvement
1 24 Toni Elias Honda 1:38.412 1:39.894 1.482
2 69 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1:37.463 1:38.922 1.459
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1:36.850 1:38.189 1.339
4 58 Marco Simoncelli Honda 1:36.211 1:37.294 1.083
5 46 Valentino Rossi Ducati 1:37.382 1:38.271 0.889
6 1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:36.316 1:37.161 0.845
7 27 Casey Stoner Honda 1:36.602 1:37.384 0.782
8 17 Karel Abraham Ducati 1:38.087 1:38.786 0.699
9 5 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1:37.410 1:38.080 0.670
10 4 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1:37.460 1:38.073 0.613
11 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1:38.032 1:38.497 0.465
12 11 Ben Spies Yamaha 1:37.421 1:37.866 0.445
13 19 Alvaro Bautista* Suzuki 1:38.850 1:39.172 0.322
14 65 Loris Capirossi Ducati 1:38.633 1:38.934 0.301
15 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:37.679 1:37.324 -0.355

 

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