2011 Misano MotoGP FP1 Result: Stoner Sneaks Ahead Of Spies In Final Seconds

Casey Stoner ended the first session of practice at Misano for the MotoGP class on top of the timesheets, and on course to set lap records, the Australian ending the session with a time 0.160 under the existing race lap record. Though Stoner and his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa had led for much of qualifying, it looked like Ben Spies would end the session ahead of them, the factory Yamaha rider taking the lead in the final minutes of FP1, only to see Stoner blitz his time on the Australian's final flying lap. Spies was demoted to 2nd spot, just ahead of Pedrosa.

Andrea Dovizioso made it three Repsol Hondas in the top four, just sneaking ahead of his rival for HRC's affections Marco Simoncelli on the San Carlo Gresini Honda. The Italians ended the session ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, the defending World Champion getting off to a difficult start at Misano and managing to set only the 6th fastest time nearly a second behind his rival for the 2011 crown Casey Stoner. 

In 7th and first Ducati came the impressive Hector Barbera, the Mapfre Aspar rider improving on the satellite GP11, while Alvaro Bautista finished just under a tenth behind his compatriot on the Rizla Suzuki. Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards - due to announce officially that he will no longer be a Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider this evening - ended the session as 9th fastest, while Cardion AB rider Karel Abraham was 10th. Valentino Rossi got off to an incredibly difficult start at his home race, managing to set just the 11th fastest time over a second-and-a-half behind the man whose seat at Ducati he took, Casey Stoner.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'34.180    
2 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'34.466 0.286 0.286
3 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'34.529 0.349 0.063
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'35.011 0.831 0.482
5 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'35.088 0.908 0.077
6 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'35.142 0.962 0.054
7 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'35.480 1.300 0.338
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'35.579 1.399 0.099
9 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'35.589 1.409 0.010
10 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'35.688 1.508 0.099
11 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'35.745 1.565 0.057
12 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'35.950 1.770 0.205
13 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'35.960 1.780 0.010
14 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'36.067 1.887 0.107
15 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'36.513 2.333 0.446
16 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'36.646 2.466 0.133
17 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'37.308 3.128 0.662


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A quick review of the podiums for the last 6 years:
It shows that of the last 6 remaining races for this season, Lorenzo has only won previously at 2 of them, while Stoner has won at all 6.
In his current form, it will take some serious work from Yamaha to challenge the title race.

The results also show that Capirossi never adjusted to the 800cc machines with only 1 win of his 9 in total coming in that time and no podiums since 2008, a lonely 3rd place on a Suzuki.
His retirement is probably (and sadly) overdue.

Nice expression.

Just wondering, if not HRC, where else could Dovi end? Why don't HRC use him as a test mule for CRT rules?
Yamamoto: "Look, Dovi. You're good and hard working, we appreciate it. But you don't have that last tenth or two, yet. We don't want you to find that last tenth aboard a Yamaha, so let's get it down like this. We offer you our unofficial CRT entry. Think of it like this, wherever they have an advantage, you'll be the one to profit. And we'll continue our relationship. Deal?"

3rd in the championship, 5 podiums out of 12 races, why would he settle for a sub-par CRT bike???
I wish that CRTs can be competitive next year, and I think they can do much better than what's been already shown, but still not worth of a satellite Honda or Yamaha.
If Honda does not want to give him a RC213V next year he 'd better go to Yamaha Tech3 than to ride any CRT bike for sure.
Dovi is a guy was never ranked lower than 6th in MotoGP, including his rookie year on a satellite Honda.
He may not be glamorous, be a fan-favorite or sell tons of t-shirts, but as a competitor he does the job for sure, better than most in MotoGP.