2010 Le Mans MotoGP FP1 Result - Rossi Draws First Blood In France

Valentino Rossi topped the timesheets in surprisingly tense first session of free practice for the Le Mans MotoGP weekend. The Fiat Yamaha rider deposed Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner on his very last fast lap, beating the Australian by just one tenth of a second. Stoner finished just ahead of Rossi's teammate Jorge Lorenzo, after both men had led during the session.

Andrea Dovizioso pulled out a bit of a surprise by finishing in 4th, over three tenths of a second ahead of his Repsol Honda teammate, Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa led a trio of Americans, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards finishing ahead of Ducati's Nicky Hayden, and Edwards' teammate Ben Spies. Just 1 second covered the top 8, with Pramac Ducati's Aleix Espargaro not far off in 9th.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'34.402    
2 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'34.508 0.106 0.106
3 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'34.542 0.140 0.034
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'34.625 0.223 0.083
5 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'34.989 0.587 0.364
6 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'35.089 0.687 0.100
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'35.223 0.821 0.134
8 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'35.291 0.889 0.068
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 1'35.450 1.048 0.159
10 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'35.643 1.241 0.193
11 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'35.685 1.283 0.042
12 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'35.959 1.557 0.274
13 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'36.009 1.607 0.050
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'36.086 1.684 0.077
15 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1'36.292 1.890 0.206
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'36.798 2.396 0.506
17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'37.525 3.123 0.727
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Good to see Colin running well, and Nicky has to feel good about anything positive at this track. Casey didn't lose the front and Spies comes back strong. Looks like a great weekend!!!

Just saw David's Twitter feed on the "bizarre" occurrences at the track . I can only say "bienvenue en france" . Have a Ricard and enjoy......

Good FP1 by all the top teams and riders. The disparity in top speeds between team mates in many cases are absurd though.
I'm sure we will have a clearer picture tomorrow.

The speed trap is probably located somewhere near the braking point. If you hit the brakes right before the speed trap, you are 10 km/h down... I guess the difference will be reduced when the riders set up the bikes (and the references) properly.

always does well there. In 2008 he got to the podium and was even boating about having a shot at winning before the race itself.

I'd keep my eyes on Pedrosa. These tight tracks suit him and he has enjoyed podiums there. Last year he was flying once the track dried out.

is always on the pace here. in his rookie year as sete's teammate on the gresini team he finished 3rd as well. this race will be a good indicator of how far spies has come along thus far.

And was told that it's Ducati's choice to run with a blank livery at Le Mans. From memory, France does have much stricter tobacco laws than much of the rest of Europe, though. Even Red Bull is banned, which is why Monster is sponsoring the Grand Prix ... 

The Gav and Nick were commenting on the altered font livery for the Rizla squad as well. Must be tight rules.

A motorcycle magazine, Marlboro-Ferrari team on F1 had problems the last few weeks about the barcode with the smoking ban, it was only a matter of time before it hit here.

Looks awesome. Leave the barcode out for the rest of the season please.

..the amount of time Rossi made up in the last sector to grasp top spot..? about a third of a second.
Stoner too had some super fast split times..without putting it all together in one lap.
Impressive from Spies again, without track knowledge.

I was watching those times and it was dramatically different between Stoner and the Fiat Yamahas. Stoner had an over 4 tenths advantage at the end of the 3rd sector but his fast lap was just over a tenth faster to take the top spot temporarily, showing a loss of about 3 tenths in the final bends. Both Rossi and Lorenzo were running behind or only slightly ahead of the top time to then pick up at least 3 tenths in the last sector. It's just day one, and that assessment is just from watching half the session, but if they have something like a 6 tenths differential advantage in one part of the track before heading into the straight it could be a long day for Casey on Sunday.