2011 Silverstone MotoGP FP3 Result: Simoncelli Closes On Stoner

Casey Stoner topped the timesheets for the third session running at a dry and sunny Silverstone, but his lead is starting to shrink. San Carlo Gresini's Marco Simonelli has cut the gap to the Repsol Honda man to under a quarter of a second, with Yamaha's Ben Spies another two tenths further back.  Jorge Lorenzo was 4th fastest on Saturday morning, the gap to Stoner now a slightly more acceptable six tenths, while Cal Crutchlow continues to impress in 5th, finishing FP3 just ahead of Repsol Honda's Andrea Dovizioso. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 27 Casey STONER HONDA 2'03.487    
2 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 2'03.720 0.233 0.233
3 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 2'03.942 0.455 0.222
4 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 2'04.099 0.612 0.157
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 2'04.314 0.827 0.215
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 2'04.372 0.885 0.058
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 2'05.250 1.763 0.878
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 2'05.496 2.009 0.246
9 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 2'05.570 2.083 0.074
10 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 2'05.589 2.102 0.019
11 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 2'05.780 2.293 0.191
12 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 2'05.872 2.385 0.092
13 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 2'05.980 2.493 0.108
14 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 2'06.436 2.949 0.456
15 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 2'06.727 3.240 0.291
16 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 2'07.375 3.888 0.648

 

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Comments

At the moment only the top six riders seem to be in the same race, what with nearly .9sec between 6th and 7th positions. Normally i do not like wet races, but for this meeting maybe it is a good thing its probable to be a wet race.

Good to see Colin Edwards' shoulder is holding up well so far for a decent time considering, race distance may be to far however...

Wonder how De Puniet, Abraham, Barbera, Elias and Capirossi must feel at the moment.

... I freaking love Simoncelli right now! Maybe it's because he's such a (comparatively) big guy... if he can go fast as a big guy then maybe there's hope for me yet - I'll take up bodybuilding again!