Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner finished the first day of practice at the Estoril Grand Prix as the fastest man in track. Damp conditions at the start of the first session gave way to a dry second session that allowed riders and teams to get some valuable track time as they chase dry set-up in anticipation of a clear race day on Sunday.
"We did a few laps this morning to try and understand the bike," said Stoner. "We wanted to see where the wet patches were on the track. Then this afternoon, unfortunately there were still areas of the track that hadn't dried out but we managed to get some good dry time, the bike seems to be working ok at this point and we have a fairly good idea of what we need to do tomorrow."
Casey Stoner (above) remains strong taking the fastest time in Friday's practice sessions. Ben Spies (below) may have broken his streak of bad luck this season finishing second in practice.
Factory Yamaha rider Ben Spies was fast all afternoon as he searches for solutions to his terrible opening round results from Qatar and Spain. The American led the way in FP1 and held the top spot for most of the second session until Stoner got his RC213V dialed in. Pushing Spies on both the timesheets and in life, is fellow Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow. The Monster Tech 3 rider has been impressive in the opening rounds and Crutchlow continues his strong effort but finishing third fastest on opening day.
"The most important thing is I have to thank my crew," said Spies. "They made a huge change to the bike, not only to the front but we also changed some rider position settings that I asked for and the bike seems good."
"This morning was similar to the first session in Jerez and we couldn't really learn anything with the track being so damp in parts," said Crutchlow. "The problem was the patches were really big at the last corner and to be honest it was pretty dangerous."
MotoGP Estoril Practice Results
1. Casey Stoner (Honda) 1’38.396
2. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 1’38.717
3. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1’38.742
4. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1’38.797
5. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1’38.930
6. Alvaro Bautista (Honda) 1’38.959
7. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 1’39.029
8. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 1’39.193
9. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) 1’39.357
10. Andrea Dovisioso (Yamaha) 1’39.615
11. Karel Abraham (Ducati) 1’40.207
12. Stefan Bradl (Honda) 1’40.898
13. Rany De Puniet (ART) 1’41.088
14. Aleix Esparago (ART) 1’41.634
15. Yonny Hernandez (BQR) 1’41.638
16. Mattia Pasini (ART) 1’41.973
17. Michele Pirro (FTR) 1’42.252
18. Colin Edwards (Suter) 1’42.587
19. Ivan Silva (BQR) 1’42.804
20. Dani Petrucci (Ioda) 1’42.984
21. James Ellison (ART) 1’43.665