2011 Laguna Seca MotoGP FP1 Result: Stoner Holds Off Pedrosa And Lorenzo

Casey Stoner has topped the first session of free practice at Laguna Seca, getting up to speed early and setting a steady pace around the 1'22.3 bracket. Stoner's Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa ended in 2nd, and just a tenth of a second slower than Stoner, despite a low-speed tip over after running on at the Andretti Hairpin. Pedrosa just edged ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, the Yamaha rider twelve hundredths behind the Australian.

Ben Spies set the 4th fastest time, but was half a second off the pace of Stoner, while Andrea Dovizioso ended up in 5th, a tenth behind Spies. Marco Simoncelli was the last rider to get within a second of Stoner, just over nine tenths off the time of the Repsol Honda man.

Nicky Hayden was the fastest Ducati, the two-time winner at the track quick round here. Hayden ran a back-to-back test on the GP11 and the new GP11.1, as currently being used by his teammate Valentino Rossi. Hayden set his best time on the GP11 in the first run, but spent the rest of the session on the GP11.1, making solid progress on the bike. Meanwhile, Valentino Rossi spent the entire session on the GP11.1, the plan to try the GP11 against the GP11.1 seemingly shelved for the moment. Rossi ended the session in 9th, behind both Colin Edwards in 8th and Hayden in 7th. Alvaro Bautista rounded out the top 10 on the Rizla Suzuki.

Cal Crutchlow was the fastest of the Laguna Seca first-timers, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man setting the 13th fastest time, while fellow Laguna rookies Karel Abraham and Hiroshi Aoyama (who missed last year's race through injury) were down in 16th and 17th. Meanwhile, wildcard rider Ben Bostrom ended the session as last, but under 5 seconds off the time of Stoner, and improving on every lap.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'22.300    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'22.402 0.102 0.102
3 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'22.420 0.120 0.018
4 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'22.806 0.506 0.386
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'22.911 0.611 0.105
6 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'23.210 0.910 0.299
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'23.297 0.997 0.087
8 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'23.459 1.159 0.162
9 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'23.467 1.167 0.008
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'23.529 1.229 0.062
11 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'23.596 1.296 0.067
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'23.807 1.507 0.211
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'24.018 1.718 0.211
14 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'24.324 2.024 0.306
15 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'24.566 2.266 0.242
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'24.682 2.382 0.116
17 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'25.325 3.025 0.643
18 23 Ben BOSTROM HONDA 1'27.286 4.986 1.961

 

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on both bikes he was faster with each passing lap. out laps + Rossi/Nicky's 2nd and 3rd laps not included

Hayden GP11:
Best Lap: 1'23.297 - 2 of 4 laps under 1'24
Avg Lap: 1'24.182
Best Top Speed: 254.4kmh
Avg Top Spd: 251.10kmh

Hayden GP11.1:
Best Lap: 1'23.718 - 2 of 5 laps under 1'24
Avg Lap: 1'24.266
Best Top Speed: 257.7
Avg Top Spd: 254.58kmh

Rossi:
Best Lap: 1'23.467 - 10 of 17 laps under 1'24
Avg Lap: 1'24.023
Best Top Speed: 259.7
Avg Top Spd: 256.85kmh

didn't seem like there was too much to gain from this session. I think this afternoon we'll see some more legit laptimes from everyone.
What is Nicky going to pick? He seems close to on pace and I think he'll improve this afternoon as well. It would be so cool to see him get a good result on sunday!
I think Bostrom is going to be much closer to the pack after the 3rd FP and the qualifying.

Normally Ben runs around 7-8th in the first session.

I'm hoping this is a good sign for at least a podium this weekend!