Honda’s Casey Stoner pulled ahead of Marco Simoncelli in the final moments of practice on Friday at Silverstone.
Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner set the pace during both practice sessions on Friday at the Silverstone circuit. The Aussie posted a fastest lap of 2’03.748 in the first 45-minute session as conditions gradually worsened for the second practice in the afternoon.
“I’m pretty happy with how the day has gone after mixed conditions,” said Stoner. “We’ve seen a dry track, a wet track and then a 50/50 track so it’s been interesting to have these variants throughout the day, but in general the bike has worked well.”
San Carlo Honda’s Marco Simoncelli was runner-up on the timesheets 0.659 seconds behind Stoner, with Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo rounding out the third-quickest lap of the day despite being more than a second off the pace.
“I’m not so satisfied with the day,” said Lorenzo. “In the morning I tried to ride the same pace as last year but I was one second slower. In the afternoon I wanted to ride in dry conditions but it started to rain so we had to ride on that. I made so many laps with the rain tire that it was destroyed whereas some of the other riders switched to a fresh tire so were faster than us. I think we have a good set up for wet conditions now. We must focus on improving both myself and the bike, I will try to be on the front row tomorrow.”
Simoncelli had the lead in the charts with less than a minute remaining, but the Aussie pulled one final lap with just seconds remaining to reclaim the honors. Ducati’s Nicky Hayden posted the fourth-best lap with a time of 2’04.778 in the first session, followed by Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso in fifth. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow began his weekend at his home circuit in sixth-place on the timesheets with American Ben Spies 0.123 seconds behind in seventh.
“It was a good first day, very productive,” Spies said. “We were quick in both sessions. I’ve never had a really good feeling with the bike in the rain before but here we didn’t have to push too hard and were up close to the front guys. There is a couple of things we wanted to test in the dry which we didn’t get a chance to do but we still ended up with good, consistent times. We need to be a bit quicker but we’ll get there. We need to be on the first two rows tomorrow to be able to fight for the race.”
Mapfre Aspar’s Hector Barbera claimed eighth in the charts. As rain began to fall during the second session, some of the field retreated to the pits in order to change suspension settings. Frenchman Randy de Puniet rounded out the top-10 times with a lap of 2’06.573 aboard his Pramac Racing Ducati. De Puniet was shadowed by Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham just 0.201 seconds back. Ducati’s Valentino Rossi was one rider who returned to the pits and exchanged bikes in the final moments of FP2, the Italian posting 12th for the day more than 3.3 seconds adrift of Stoner.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards completed only 12 laps during his first return since breaking his collarbone at Le Mans. The American occupied the final position in practice and was more than five and a half seconds off the lead pace.
MotoGP Silverstone Practice Results:
1. Casey Stoner (Honda) 2’03.748
Lorenzo wasn’t satisfied with his performance during practice after being more than a second off the pace of Stoner.
2. Marco Simoncelli (Honda) 2’04.407
3. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 2’04.756
4. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 2’04.778
5. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) 2’04.910
6. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 2’05.007
7. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 2’05.130
8. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 2’06.158
9. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) 2’06.274
10. Randy de Puniet (Ducati) 2’06.573
11. Karel Abraham (Ducati) 2’06.774
12. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) 2’07.075
13. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 2’07.459
14. Toni Elias (Honda) 2’07.616
15. Loris Capirossi (Ducati) 2’08.225
16. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 2’09.310
Marc VDS Racing’s Scott Redding was the fastest man on Friday in combined free practice at Silverstone. The Brit’s lap was more than half a second faster than Viessmann Kiefer Racing’s Stefan Bradl, who has led nearly every pre-race session so far this year. Blusens-STX’s Yonny Hernandez posted the third-fastest lap in Moto2, with Ioda Racing Project’s Simone Corsi taking fourth in the charts just 0.080 seconds behind Hernandez.
Swiss rider Randy Krummenacher of GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing grabbed fifth in practice order with a time of 2’10.733. Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Marquez was sixth after being outpaced by Krummenacher by only 0.017 seconds. Tech 3 Racing’s Bradley Smith was seventh, followed by Alex de Angelis, Jules Cluzel and Xavier Simeon.
Stefan Bradl was more than half a second off the pace of Redding but has captured every pole so far this season.
Moto2 Silverstone Practice Results:
1. Scott Redding (Suter) 2’09.808
2. Stefan Bradl (Kalex) 2’10.399
3. Yonny Hernandez (FTR) 2’10.510
4. Simone Corsi (FTR) 2’10.590
5. Randy Krummenacher (Kalex) 2’10.733
6. Marc Marquez (Suter) 2’10.750
7. Bradley Smith (Tech 3) 2’10.755
8. Alex de Angelis (Motobi) 2’11.426
9. Jules Cluzel (Suter) 2’11.505
10. Xavier Simeon (Tech 3) 2’11.630
11. Claudio Corti (Suter) 2’11.663
12. Kenan Sofuoglu (Suter) 2’11.752
13. Yuki Takahashi (Moriwaki) 2’11.922
14. Mika Kallio (Suter) 2’11.958
15. Max Neukirchner (MZ-RE Honda) 2’11.985