2011 Phillip Island MotoGP FP2 Result: Stoner Fastest Again

Casey Stoner once again topped the timesheets during the second session of practice for the MotoGP class at Phillip Island, consolidating his position after the first session of practice, and confirming his dominance at his home circuit. Marco Simoncelli took 2nd spot, the San Carlo Gresini man getting within four tenths of Stoner, and the only other rider to get into the 1'30 bracket. Just as he had done in the morning, Simoncelli suffered a low-speed tumble, in almost the identical spot on the exit of MG Corner. Jorge Lorenzo took the 3rd fastest time, six tenths behind his rival for the title, but his pace probably good enough to at least postpone the pain of losing his championship in Australia.

Lorenzo's Yamaha teammate Ben Spies ended the session in 4th, improving over his morning performance, and was the last man to get within a second of Stoner, Stoner's Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa finishing just over a second of the Australian. An impressive showing by Hiroshi Aoyama put the Japanese rider up into 6th, while Randy de Puniet was the first of the Ducatis, the Pramac rider ending the session in 7th. The factory Ducatis were well down the order, Nicky Hayden finishing in 11th, while Valentino Rossi ended FP2 in 13th.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'30.535    
2 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'30.912 0.377 0.377
3 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'31.111 0.576 0.199
4 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'31.495 0.960 0.384
5 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'31.543 1.008 0.048
6 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'31.582 1.047 0.039
7 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'31.670 1.135 0.088
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'31.777 1.242 0.107
9 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'31.805 1.270 0.028
10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'31.825 1.290 0.020
11 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'31.899 1.364 0.074
12 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'31.969 1.434 0.070
13 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'32.014 1.479 0.045
14 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'32.082 1.547 0.068
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'32.360 1.825 0.278
16 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'32.639 2.104 0.279
17 6 Damian CUDLIN DUCATI 1'33.658 3.123 1.019


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Cudlin is quietly going about the business quite well. Certainly not giving what Barbera could do on that bike yet, but not being disgraced by any means.

Looks like Dovi got the "so you signed with Yamaha" setup from Honda...


Are the only 2 non factory Hondas Aoyama and Elias? If so how off factory spec would Hiroshi's bike be? I am just wondering that he may be a little slower to come to terms with Motogp than Sic but if he hasn't quite had the same bike as the factory guys then he certainly hasn't done too badly. It's a bummer there is no ride for him next year in Moto GP as it would be interesting to see him have another year and see if he can move up the grid a little more especially after his injuries.

Ahhh... the Aussies home race. Great to see Stoner up there, will be good to see Cudlin on track Sunday as well.

I for one am also glad to see SuperSic in 2nd spot on the timesheets. Lorenzo and Stoner... championship... what championship? Every man for himself...

I guess Stoner has them all settled now. All he ever knew about winning at PI was with Ducati in GP. Lorenzo as solid as a rock. He knows consistency is the only thing that can keep him in the 2011 hunt and he'll be up for it no doubt.
Ducati,well,sometime soon they will have to consider the rider selection. Fair enough,the high profile rider line up is OK in terms of world wide sales, but GP failure is like RUST year on year for any manufacturer. It never sleeps.