2011 Laguna Seca MotoGP FP3 Result: Stoner Edges Pedrosa And Lorenzo

Casey Stoner has topped the final session of free practice at Laguna Seca, but he has Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa and factory Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo hot on his heels. Less than five hundredths of a second separate Stoner from 3rd place man Lorenzo, with Pedrosa 0.017 behind the Australian. Stoner's lap was set early in the session, but Lorenzo's pace was most impressive of all, the Spaniard posting 10 laps in the 1'21s, more than either Stoner or Pedrosa could manage.

But Lorenzo's outstanding performance was marred by a huge crash at the end of the session: the reigning World Champion had come into the pits and then gone out with 1 minute left to go. He then stopped to do a practice start after the session was over, and as he tipped it in to the following corner and gassed it up, the bike spat him off in a big highside, Lorenzo landing heavily, then being hit by the bike as it rolled through the gravel. The Spaniard was transported to the medical center, where he checked out OK and was passed fit to ride, his main injury a nasty knock to his hip from being struck by his M1.

Behind the front three, Marco Simoncelli leads a close group consisting of Ben Spies, Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden, Hayden having elected to dump the GP11.1 in favor of the GP11 with which his is much more familiar. Hayden leads Rossi in 8th, both men half a second closer to the front runners than they were yesterday. Alvaro Bautista is the first rider outside of a second off Stoner, and Hector Barbera rounds out the top 10.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'21.806    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'21.823 0.017 0.017
3 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'21.855 0.049 0.032
4 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'22.222 0.416 0.367
5 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'22.325 0.519 0.103
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'22.356 0.550 0.031
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'22.432 0.626 0.076
8 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'22.647 0.841 0.215
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'22.840 1.034 0.193
10 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'22.877 1.071 0.037
11 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'23.062 1.256 0.185
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'23.080 1.274 0.018
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'23.143 1.337 0.063
14 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'23.513 1.707 0.370
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'23.544 1.738 0.031
16 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'24.038 2.232 0.494
17 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'24.056 2.250 0.018
18 23 Ben BOSTROM HONDA 1'25.934 4.128 1.878

 

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Comments

Bostrom is getting a little quicker each session, but he's only .164 quicker than he is on his Superbike (1'26.098). Bostrom would only be 7th in AMA SBK on the LCR bike after their 1st qual.

Josh Hayes' pole time (1'24.849) in Superbike is within .8 of Elias/Capirossi, 1.1 quicker than Bostrom on the LCR machine, and 3 seconds off Stoner's time.