2011 Le Mans MotoGP FP2 Result: Stoner Blitzes The Field Again

Casey Stoner has once again blitzed the MotoGP field at Le Mans, topping the second session of free practice by four tenths of a second. But Honda's iron grip on the field at Le Mans slipped a little: Repsol's Stoner led, with San Carlo Gresini's Marco Simoncelli in 2nd, and Stoner's teammate Dani Pedrosa in 3rd. But it was a Ducati crashing the party in 4th position, Marlboro rider Nicky Hayden found a burst of speed in the final minutes, leaping up the timesheets to set the 4th fastest time, just ahead of Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, while the third Repsol Honda of Andrea Dovizioso was the last man inside a second of his Australian teammate, just over nine tenths slower than Stoner.

Behind Dovizioso, the gaps were incredibly tight. From Colin Edwards in 7th to Randy de Puniet in 11th, there were 5 riders who set a lap time of 1'34.9, including Hiroshi Aoyama, Valentino Rossi and Ben Spies. Cal Crutchlow was the last rider inside of one-and-a-half seconds of Stoner, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider making it despite a crash in the latter stages of practice.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'33.782    
2 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'34.186 0.404 0.404
3 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'34.478 0.696 0.292
4 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'34.652 0.870 0.174
5 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'34.659 0.877 0.007
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'34.705 0.923 0.046
7 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'34.939 1.157 0.234
8 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'34.959 1.177 0.020
9 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'34.966 1.184 0.007
10 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'34.976 1.194 0.010
11 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'34.998 1.216 0.022
12 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'35.158 1.376 0.160
13 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'35.383 1.601 0.225
14 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'35.902 2.120 0.519
15 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'35.992 2.210 0.090
16 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'36.304 2.522 0.312
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'36.327 2.545 0.023


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things have gone so far. Fingers crossed for no surprises at all until Monday morning, at least.

Stoner blitzes it (yay!), Simoncelli is in his fine form of big, fast & hairy - four riders equal on 1'34.9?!! It's gonna be an action packed weekend!!

Thus far,so good. Dani has a legit complaint,(not fully healed I suspect).
On the other hand the older guard have no recourse. Why the hell did Ducati not cultivate the D16 in the hands of their most prolific racer ?
I never watched proceedings,but followed the timing. Nick,surely used a soft to produce 4th in the dying stages.
Simmo is more and more looking to be the 'real deal'.
Casey was on track longer than usual and I think its a good thing for him to take a tip out of Lorenzo's book.
Oh yes,back to shoulder's, I sincerely hope that this is the last we hear of Valentino's shoulder.
If the thing is unpredictable,take a break until it is,'cos you ain't moving mountains in or on GP11 D16 right now'.
The Ducati is a great bike,but it is appearing more and more apparent that they don't have the riders capable of delivering on it. Trust to luck for them.
Who will crash on Sunday,appears to be what will ultimately transpire into a good race or a bad one for them this weekend.

Hey Pit Bull. You're either an idiot or a genius. Got it all figured out already, do you? Been watching GP racing very long, have you? For those of us not quite ready to kiss Stoners ass just yet well wait till Sunday. How many times has Stoner done this? Come straight out of the box Friday morning and then for whatever reason not win on Sunday. Why dont you join the
MotoGP fantasy league? As good as you are of predictng the future you could win it all.
I tell you, I like most of the dialogue on this site, but bootlickers like you bring it down. Theres some very good anti-Rossi or pro-Stoner Facebook sites you could join. For the rest of us, well sit back and let the rest of the weekend play out. There's some pretty talented people up and down the pitlane who might just give Stoner and Honda a run this weekend. Stay tuned.

Hey PIT BULL, how's the shoulder? jk

Back to the front, "Stoner's blitzes the field yadda yadda".....hasn't he been doing this (in practice) for almost four years now? How many titles in that time?

Marco is the one that makes this interesting and fun to watch!

Ducati will be fine in due time...

I'm a Nicky fan for sure but, if I'm honest, he did sneak that last lap in on the tail of Dovi. To be fair though, it's not like he's the only rider to have done that in the session. I'm just not sure he had the pace to do that lap with a completely clear track. Time will tell, can't wait to see how tomorrow shakes out.

Question... when must a lap have been done for it to count as the lap record? I've seen on the MotoGP site this:

Best Lap: 2008 Dani PEDROSA 1'32.647 162.6 Km/h

Yet it's plastered everywhere that Stoner has smashed the lap record. Is Pedrosa's time ignored possibly due to sticky qualifying tyres or something? Does it have to be in a race? Just something I've never thought about before.

Lap or circuit record is a race lap. But 'Best Lap' or 'Fastest lap' is the fastest overall from a race or qualifying. I think it's just QP that counts towards this as testing doesn't and I'm not sure if FPs do either.

Someone tweet Dr. Raines.

Lap record is set in a race. Best lap is the fastest overall from qualifying or practice, often still set using a soft qualifying tire when they still had them. But basically, a lap set during FP1, 2 or 3 is often comparable to race pace, but they put in a special qualifying setup during QP which lets them go quicker. 

As a rule, if a rider goes faster (and consistently) than the race lap record during free practice, I'll mention it. QP times are different, because of the setup.

Can a 'Fastest Lap' made during a Free Practice count as a record? Some Fastest Lap records are also a Lap record, though most are Pole Records.