Jorge Lorenzo managed once again to set the fastest time on Friday as he searches for his eighth pole of the season.
Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo set the fastest pace on Friday, as MotoGP action gets underway at the Valencia circuit. The Spaniard rose to the top of the charts with a time of 1’32.690, which bettered Ducati’s Casey Stoner and Tech 3 Yamaha’s Colin Edwwards.
“Today was a good day,” said Lorenzo. “We started strongly from the first moment and I am feeling so confident, plus my bike is working very well here. We need to continue like this tomorrow and make a few small steps forward with our setting. I am so happy to be riding at home again, in front of the Spanish fans here at Cheste as the World Champion. I hope we are strong again tomorrow where I have a very special helmet to show everyone!”
Stoner had the second-fastest pace out of the field, and trailed the 2010 MotoGP World Champion by 0.314 seconds. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards had a solid practice run in third and was almost half a second off Stoner’s pace.
San Carlo Honda’s Marco Simoncelli and Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso ended the day with the fourth-and fifth-quickest times, with Dovizioso running 0.780 seconds off the pace of Lorenzo. Despite dislocating his left ankle recently at Estoril, rookie Ben Spies wrapped up the second session in sixth-place on the timesheets. Behind the American was LCR Honda’s Randy de Puniet, who earned the seventh-best time after
Ducati’s Casey Stoner had the fastest time in the first practice session, but in the afternoon he trailed the World Champion by 0.314 seconds.
putting in a lap of 1’33.535. Simoncelli’s Honda teammate, Marco Melandri, occupied eighth on the charts after experiencing an early run-off during the session.
Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi found himself struggling immensely during the second practice of the day. The Italian finished ninth on the sheets after earning fifth-place in the first session on Friday, and was nearly a second off the pace of Lorenzo. Ducati’s Nicky Hayden completed the top-10 times, and ran 0.994 seconds adrift of the leader.
“This morning was not so bad but the afternoon was not great,” Rossi said. “We weren’t able to improve the setting from the morning and we had a few problems; we have some work to do because at the moment we don’t have enough grip and the bike is difficult to ride. The times are quite close but we are in ninth so we need to find a way to improve tomorrow. We will have a look at the data and see what we can come up with tomorrow because for sure we need to improve the grip if we are going to be competitive this weekend. It’s a very important weekend, the last for me with Yamaha, so of course we want to try to be at the maximum.”
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa finished both sessions on Friday outside the top-10 in 12th. The Spaniard is still struggling after his recent surgery, but made gradual progress throughout the sessions.
2010 MotoGP Valencia Practice Results:
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1’32.690
2. Casey Stoner (Ducati) 1’33.004
Valentino Rossi (middle) found the second practice on Friday difficult after struggling with grip on his M1.
3. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 1’33.466
4. Marco Simoncelli (Honda) 1’33.468
5. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) 1’33.470
6. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 1’33.528
7. Randy de Puniet (Honda) 1’33.535
8. Marco Melandri (Honda) 1’33.568
9. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1’33.661
10. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 1’33.684
11. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 1’33.782
12. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1’33.927
13. Aleix Espargaro (Ducati) 1’33.954
14. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 1’34.154
15. Loris Capirossi (Suzuki) 1’34.248
16. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) 1’34.296
17. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1’34.636
In the Moto 2 field Viessmann Kiefer Racing’s Sefan Bradl set the top time on Friday. Ahead of both Julian Simon and Karel Abraham, Bradl was the quickest in the second session and managed to increase his pace from the first practice by 0.442 seconds. Simon was 0.181 seconds behind Bradl, with Abraham trailing the leader’s time by 0.209 seconds in third.
JiR Moto2’s Alex de Angelis and Marc VDS Racing’s Scott Redding rounded out the top-five times on Friday in fourth and fifth, respectively. Racing Team Germany’s Carmelo Morales secured sixth on the timesheets after being 0.233 seconds adrift of Bradl, while Interwetten Moriwaki Racing’s Thomas Luthi and new World Champion, Toni Elias, were separated by just 0.009 seconds of each other in seventh and eighth respectively. JiR Moto2’s Simone Corsi and Forward Racing’s Claudio Corti rounded out the top-10 times of the session.
Meanwhile, Fimmco Speed Ups’ Andrea Iannone returned to the track following a heavy fall during the morning’s practice session, earning 19th in the afternoon session.
2010 Moto 2 Valencia Practice Results:
Andrea Iannone crashed during the first practice and was carried off the track. The Italian recovered, however, and finished the second session in 19th.
1. Stefan Bradl (Suter) 1’36.666
2. Julian Simon (Suter) 1’36.847
3. Karel Abraham (FTR 1)’36.875
4. Alex de Angelis (Motobi) 1’36.931
5. Scott Redding (Suter) 1’36.948
6. Carmelo Morales (Suter) 1’37.181
7. Thomas Luthi (Moriwaki) 1’37.232
8. Toni Elias (Moriwaki) 1’37.241
9. Simone Corsi (Motobi) 1’37.258
10. Claudio Corti (Suter) 1’37.296
11. Mike di Meglio (Suter) 1’37.309
12. Dominique Aegerter (Suter) 1’37.363
13. Kenan Sofuoglu (Suter) 1’37.408
14. Yuki Takahashi (Tech 3) 1’37.444
15. Yonny Hernandez (BQR-Moto2) 1’37.476