2011 Brno MotoGP FP1 Results: Pedrosa Dominates Opening Session

Dani Pedrosa was the fastest man during the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Brno, setting a blistering pace from the off. While Marco Simoncelli led during the early part of the session, once Pedrosa got up to speed there was no stopping him. The Spaniard edged ahead of Simoncelli shortly after the halfway mark, then lit the afterburners, getting into the 1'56s and finishing up with a lap of 1'56.328, three tenths inside the existing race lap record, and just a couple of tenths of Valentino Rossi's pole record from 2009.

Casey Stoner ended the session in 2nd, and was the only man inside a second of Pedrosa, finishing 0.966 behind his Repsol Honda teammate, and a tenth ahead of 3rd placed man Simoncelli. Jorge Lorenzo was first of the factory Yamahas, just ahead of the third Repsol Honda of Andrea Dovizioso and Lorenzo's Yamaha teammate Ben Spies. John Hopkins posted an outstanding result on the Rizla Suzuki, the wildcard rider finishing ahead of his teammate Alvaro Bautista, while Cal Crutchlow led his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha teammate Colin Edwards in 9th and 10th respectively. Valentino Rossi was the first of the Ducatis, the Marlboro Ducati man just under two-and-a-half seconds off Pedrosa's time.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'56.328    
2 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'57.294 0.966 0.966
3 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'57.408 1.080 0.114
4 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'57.587 1.259 0.179
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'57.776 1.448 0.189
6 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'57.903 1.575 0.127
7 21 John HOPKINS SUZUKI 1'58.321 1.993 0.418
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'58.345 2.017 0.024
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'58.390 2.062 0.045
10 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'58.497 2.169 0.107
11 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'58.819 2.491 0.322
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'58.927 2.599 0.108
13 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'58.973 2.645 0.046
14 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'58.975 2.647 0.002
15 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'59.289 2.961 0.314
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'59.334 3.006 0.045
17 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'59.706 3.378 0.372
18 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 2'00.201 3.873 0.495


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I know it is only FP1, but still (or especially because it's only FP1...) that's an impressive performance by Hopkins. He may be two seconds off pole, but even that is a very good first go as a wildcard. And just one second off Stoner's second place... And ahead of Bautista, who's not in a bad shape either! Staying off the booze seems to have been a good idea.

Nice to see Hopper and the Suzukis being best of the rest. I hope that it continues throughout the weekend.

The Ducati misery continues however...

Gun lap by Dani, The pricking of Daryl Beatties eyebrows has set off a seismic wave that has reignited the whole Japan GP debate.

Very impressive from Dani, probably the fittest he's been all year but still some way to go, makes you think long and hard about how much influence Simos 'over enthusiasm' has had on this season, Dani would have been fully fit a few races ago ago but for... Hopper also very impressive, great to see him on the factory bike again has been great this season, going well in bsb, having a good showing in WSBK and now 7th first time out(fp1 I know) and all on a suzuki.. yeehaw..
If the ducati was a horse they would have shot it by now.

....that this is exciting stuff! I know its only fp 1 but if hopper can end the weekend infront of the ducatis and the satellite yamahas, he needs to be in MOTOGP. Afterall his competitors are supposed to be among the best in the world right?