Honda's Casey Stoner set the fastest time by more than half a second at Catalunya.
’s Casey Stoner controlled both practice sessions on Friday at the Catalunya circuit, the Aussie lapping more than half a second faster than San Carlo Honda’s Marco Simoncelli. Stoner’s teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, posted the third-quickest lap aboard his RCV12 just 0.135 seconds behind Simoncelli, with Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo losing a last-minute battle with the Italian to claim the fourth-best time of the day.
"We're quite happy with the day, unfortunately we didn't get a lot of good wet or dry track time so a lot of time was wasted in changeable conditions and not achieving much," said Stoner. "However, in general we got a pretty good feeling with the bike and everything seems to be working well. We would like to improve rear grip and turning on the exit, also some more stability on the brakes, but in general the bike feels good and we're confident we can go faster tomorrow, hopefully in dry conditions and we'll see what we can do."
Rain fell later in the afternoon and led to much slower FP2 times. Many riders called it an early day due to the rain, with Lorenzo only participating in the last quarter of the session when the weather started to clear. In the final 12 minutes Stoner nailed his top time. Simoncelli quickly followed with his best effort in the final five minutes of practice. Overall, both Stoner and Simoncelli were nearly a second faster in the second session.
Yamaha’s Ben Spies snared the fifth-quickest lap right behind his teammate. Ducati’s Valentino Rossi
earned sixth on the charts on Friday, with Cal Crutchlow finishing more than two seconds adrift of Stoner with a best lap of 1'45.136. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards suffered a late crash in the second session, resulting in a broken collarbone for the Texan.
San Carlo Honda’s Hiroshi Aoyama had the eighth-fastest effort but was unable to better his time during the second session. Meanwhile, Ducati’s Nicky Hayden and Suzuki
’s Alvaro Bautista rounded out the top-10 times on Friday in ninth and 10th, respectively.
Catalunya MotoGP Practice Results 2011
1. Casey Stoner (Honda) 1'42.940
Marco Simoncelli continued his fast pace during practice in Spain as he seeks his first win in MotoGP.
2. Marco Simoncelli (Honda) 1'43.468
3. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) 1'43.603
4. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1'43.810
5. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 1'44.859
6. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) 1'44.944
7. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1'45.136
8. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 1'45.666
9. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 1'45.715
10. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) 1'45.751
11. Toni Elias (Honda) 1'45.760
12. Randy de Puniet (Ducati) 1'46.126
13. Karel Abraham (Ducati) 1'46.280
14. Loris Capirossi (Suzuki) 1'46.366
15.Hector Barbera (Ducati) 1'46.501
16. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 1'51.512
Ioda Racing Project’s Simone Corsi swept in during the final seconds of Moto2 practice to steal the top time from Interwetten Paddock Moto2’s Thomas Luthi by just 0.121 seconds. JiR Moto2’s Alex de Angelis rounded out the top-three times with a lap of 1'47.513 – just 0.019 seconds behind Luthi.
Luthi was on course to claim the best time in practice for much of the session, but with just seconds left Corsi pulled the fastest lap of the day to take top honors. Last year’s race winner, Yuki Takahashi, finished fourth in the timesheets followed by Tech 3’s Bradley Smith. Viessmann Kiefer Racing’s Stefan Bradl grabbed sixth on the charts, just 0.012 seconds behind Smith, with Marc VDS Racing’s Mika Kallio taking seventh for the day.
Pons HP 40’s Aleix Espargaro wasn’t able to match his FP1 time, but finished practice with the eighth-best lap ahead of Kallio’s teammate, Scott Redding. Gresini Racing’s Michele Pirro rounded out the top-10 times, 0.484 seconds off the pace of Corsi.
Catalunya Moto2 Practice Results 2011:
1. Simone Corsi (FTR) 1'47.373
2. Thomas Luthi (Suter) 1'47.494
3. Alex de Angelis (Motobi) 1'47.513
4. Yuki Takahashi (Moriwaki) 1'47.549
5. Bradley Smith (Tech 3) 1'47.594
6. Stefan Bradl (Kalex) 1'47.606
7. Mika Kallio (Suter) 1'47.621
8. Aleix Espargaro (Pons Kalex) 1'47.739
9. Scott Redding (Suter) 1'47.786
10. Michele Pirro (Moriwaki) 1'47.843
11. Marc Marquez (Suter) 1'47.857
12. Julian Simon (Suter) 1'47.878
13. Jules Cluzel (Suter) 1'47.942
14. Pol Espargaro (FTR) 1'48.059
15. Randy Krummenacher (Kalex) 1'48.109