Jorge Lorenzo topped the timesheets in Misano, Italy on Friday after beating Casey Stoner by just 0.076 seconds.
Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo pulled the fastest lap at the Misano circuit on Friday. Despite struggling with his bike setup during the morning session, the Spaniard returned in the afternoon to immediately clench the best lap. Lorenzo’s time of 1’33.929 was just 0.076 seconds faster than Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner. Meanwhile Stoner’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa, claimed the third-quickest lap of the day 0.200 seconds behind the Australian.
“I feel much more comfortable on the bike this afternoon with the changes we made,” said Lorenzo. “The setting we made is very similar to the Mugello one and there I won the race. To be honest I didn’t expect so much change because we improved more than one second. We are now quite close to a victory I think. Casey and Dani are still so fast but at least we are there with them.”
San Carlo Honda’s Marco Simoncelli picked up fourth in the order after improving his time by more than half a second.
“I am happy because we have improved quite a lot from this morning and I set a decent rhythm,” Simoncelli said. “We are already quicker than my qualifying lap time from last year but we still need to improve more because Lorenzo and Stoner are three or four tenths quicker than me.”
The Italian was followed by American Ben Spies, who was the only rider that didn’t improve on his morning time and finished 0.540 seconds behind Lorenzo.
“Not bad today, it wasn’t a great second session but we had to try a lot of things,” said Spies. “We’ve been working a little bit on rider position since before Indy and we came up with a good direction for me. We tried to go more in that way this afternoon but it was too much so we lost a bit of the second session on it.”
Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso meanwhile occupied sixth in the charts after crossing the line more than a second behind the leader. Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista suffered engine problems during the day, but managed to switch bikes and snag seventh in the order. Mapfre Aspar’s Hector Barbera recorded eighth 0.088 seconds behind, with San Carlo Honda’s Hiroshi Aoyama and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards rounding out the top-10 times.
Ducati’s Valentino Rossi remained 11th in the timesheets more than 1.4 seconds adrift of Lorenzo. Rossi’s teammate, Nicky Hayden, was also well-off the pace for the day as Ducati is struggling to find a setup at the Italian circuit.
Casey Stoner narrowly missed the top of the charts on Friday but once again was quick on the first day.
Misano MotoGP Practice Results 2011:
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1’33.929
2. Casey Stoner (Honda) 1’34.005
3. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1’34.205
4. Marco Simoncelli (Honda) 1’34.444
5. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 1’34.469
6. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) 1’34.989
7. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) 1’35.023
8. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 1’35.111
9. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 1’35.282
10. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 1’35.301
11. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) 1’35.331
12. Randy de Puniet (Ducati) 1’35.418
13. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 1’35.419
14. Karel Abraham (Ducati) 1’35.423
15. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1’35.622
German rider Stefan Bradl nabbed the fastest lap in the Moto2 field during practice. The Viessmann Kiefer Racing rider outperformed Pons HP 40’s Aleix Espargaro by more than half a second to take the honors on Friday at the Italian circuit. Meanwhile Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Marquez was third-quickest just 0.004 seconds behind Espargaro after improving his time by five-tenths in the afternoon session. Interwetten Paddock Moto2’s Thomas Luthi was fourth in the timesheets, followed by Ioda Racing Project’s Mattia Pasini, NGM Forward Racing’s Jules Cluzel and HP Tuenti Speed Up’s Pol Espargaro.
Misano Moto2 Practice Results 2011:
1. Stefan Bradl (Kalex) 1’38.461
2. Aleix Espargaro (Pons Kalex) 1’39.011
3. Marc Marquez (Suter) 1’39.015
4. Thomas Luthi (Suter) 1’39.045
5. Mattia Pasini (FTR) 1’39.140
6. Simone Corsi (FTR) 1’39.267
7. Pol Espargaro (FTR) 1’39.298
8. Michele Pirro (Moriwaki) 1’39.299
9. Yuki Takahashi (Moriwaki) 1’39.308
10. Scot Redding (Suter) 1’39.412