News 3 Sep 2011

Lorenzo tops heated Friday MotoGP practice at Misano, Stoner second

Jorge Lorenzo was fastest in Friday practice in San Marino.

Jorge Lorenzo was fastest in Friday practice in San Marino.

The hot and humid weather on the Adriatic coast produced rain drops in the final minutes of the afternoon session at the Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini on Friday, but the weather had held off long enough for all but one in the MotoGP field to better their times from the morning session.

Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) topped the field with a 1’33.929 on lap ten of 22, bettering his time from the first practice outing by 1.213 seconds and the only rider to break below the 1’34” mark.

Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) made a run for the front with his best lap of 1’34.005, just missing the top spot by 0.076s to rank second for the day. The Australian out paced team mate and last year’s race winner at Misano, Dani Pedrosa, by 0.2s.

Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) posted a 1’34.444 to place him fourth in the order for the day. Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) was the only rider unable to improve his time from the morning session, posting a time one-thousandth of a second slower in the afternoon meet which placed him fifth overall.

Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) took the sixth spot with a time of 1’34.989, ahead of Rizla Suzuki’s Álvaro Bautista who suffered engine problems at the start of the session, but switched bikes and posted a time of 1’35.023.

Héctor Barberá (Mapfre Aspar ) posted the eighth quickest time with a 1’35.111, while Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini) ranked ninth of the day with a 1’35.282 lap time on his penultimate lap.

Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) took the tenth spot of the day in the timings, Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) in 11th with a time of 1’35.331, 0.087s ahead of Randy de Puniet (Pramac Racing).

Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) was 13th, followed by Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing), Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Loris Capirossi (Pramac Racing) and Toni Elías (LCR Honda).

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