2011 Le Mans MotoGP FP3 Result: Stoner Leads Another Honda Whitewash

It is becoming a familiar pattern at Le Mans: the four top spots on the timesheets were taken by Hondas, with Casey Stoner at their head. Stoner once again ruled the roost, only briefly ceding his position to Marco Simoncelli at the end of the session, before taking a third of a second off his best time to take over 1st, over a quarter of a second ahead of Simoncelli. The two remaining Repsol Honda riders ended behind their teammate and the San Carlo Gresini man, Andrea Dovizioso ahead of Dani Pedrosa, though Pedrosa was grimacing with pain in the pits, his shoulder still troubling him after surgery.

Nicky Hayden ended the session in 5th spot, though much to the chagrin of Jorge Lorenzo. The Ducati Marlboro man hitched a ride on the tail of Lorenzo's Yamaha, putting in a final lap to take over 5th, Lorenzo gesticulating at Hayden at the end of the session. Lorenzo ended ahead of Valentino Rossi, the Italian sandwiching his former teammate between his new teammate. Colin Edwards led a fleet of Yamahas behind Rossi, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider in front of fellow Texan and factory Yamaha man Ben Spies, with Monster teammate Cal Crutchlow behind in 10th. Just twenty-two hundredths of a second separated the three Yamahas.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'33.815    
2 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'34.075 0.260 0.260
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'34.244 0.429 0.169
4 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'34.545 0.730 0.301
5 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'34.954 1.139 0.409
6 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'35.051 1.236 0.097
7 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'35.280 1.465 0.229
8 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'35.281 1.466 0.001
9 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'35.302 1.487 0.021
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'35.442 1.627 0.140
11 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'35.645 1.830 0.203
12 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'35.799 1.984 0.154
13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'35.979 2.164 0.180
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'36.091 2.276 0.112
15 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'36.268 2.453 0.177
16 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'36.370 2.555 0.102
17 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'36.467 2.652 0.097

 

2011
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