2013 Le Mans MotoGP FP1 Practice Result: Pedrosa Edges Lorenzo, Ducatis Show Well

Dani Pedrosa has topped the timesheets in the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Le Mans. The Repsol Honda man was strong throughout practice, and held off a late challenge from Jorge Lorenzo to take first blood in France. Lorenzo was not far off, however: on his final lap, he got to within four hundredths of Pedrosa's time, setting the scene for a very close weekend.

Valentino Rossi also had a strong start, taking third spot behind his Yamaha Factory teammate, three tenths off the time of Pedrosa and ahead of a pair of Ducatis, Nicky Hayden grabbing fourth while Andrea Dovizioso secured fifth. Cal Crutchlow ended the session in sixth place, ahead of Marc Marquez, who is still learning his way around the track on a MotoGP bike. The two satellite Honda riders follow in eighth and ninth, Alvaro Bautista a couple of tenths quicker than Stefan Bradl, while Hector Barbera made his way into the top ten to grab the final spot in the provisional line up for QP2.

The new qualifying format is likely to be important at Le Mans. With rain expected later on Friday and on Saturday, it will be crucial to get fast times in early. This realization had filtered its way through to the teams, as the riders went on a late charge in FP1 to try to put in a 'banker' lap, a lap which will secure them a spot on QP2 if the rain makes the rest of the sessions wet.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'34.645    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'34.685 0.040 0.040
3 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'34.938 0.293 0.253
4 69 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1'34.972 0.327 0.034
5 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'35.072 0.427 0.100
6 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1'35.149 0.504 0.077
7 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'35.170 0.525 0.021
8 19 Alvaro Bautista Honda 1'35.285 0.640 0.115
9 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'35.478 0.833 0.193
10 8 Hector Barbera FTR Kawasaki 1'35.949 1.304 0.471
11 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia ART 1'36.083 1.438 0.134
12 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'36.211 1.566 0.128
13 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'36.607 1.962 0.396
14 14 Randy de Puniet Aprilia ART 1'36.745 2.100 0.138
15 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'36.790 2.145 0.045
16 7 Hiroshi Aoyama FTR Kawasaki 1'36.872 2.227 0.082
17 71 Claudio Corti FTR Kawasaki 1'37.325 2.680 0.453
18 5 Colin Edwards FTR Kawasaki 1'37.431 2.786 0.106
19 68 Yonny Hernandez Aprilia ART 1'37.597 2.952 0.166
20 9 Danilo Petrucci Suter BMW 1'37.620 2.975 0.023
21 17 Karel Abraham Aprilia ART 1'38.209 3.564 0.589
22 67 Bryan Staring FTR Honda 1'38.516 3.871 0.307
23 70 Michael Laverty PBM 1'39.325 4.680 0.809
24 52 Lukas Pesek Suter BMW 1'39.710 5.065 0.385
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as he's not there that often, I'm sure he would appreciate being posted as well as being mentioned in the text!

3 tenths behind......a common number so far this year :O(
Hope he finds a little more...

Being just the forth round, I have no doubt that he will find those.

Honestly, I doubt that will happen. If anything, Rossi and team might just go backwards as the others find more pace. I'm not being critical here, but I suspect that's the pattern we've been seeing.

Good to see them in the mix. Very respectable times. I wonder what's different this round, the gap to the other two would seem as if they're not all "factory" bikes anymore. Lets hope that it positive change for them and not just a fluke.

If Ducati can make improvements like everyone else will (weather permitting) and keep pace then that will be something. If they're a second or more down after Qualifying, then really there's no change to anything.