2010 Silverstone MotoGP FP1 Result - Lorenzo Heads Stoner And Dovizioso

Jorge Lorenzo has topped the timesheets during the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class on their return to Silverstone, taking the lead with a quarter of the session to go. The Fiat Yamaha rider finished a little over a tenth ahead of Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner, who, like Lorenzo, took a little while to get up to speed at the track. Andrea Dovizioso ended the session in 3rd, another two tenths behind Stoner.

The early running had been made by LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet, who used the benefit of the experienced he gained on a track day at Silverstone a few weeks ago. But Lorenzo, Stoner, and Dovizioso had matched the Frenchman's pace by the halfway mark, and were ahead of him shortly afterwards. Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Ben Spies did not have the benefit of prior track knowledge, but ended the session in 5th, though over a second and a quarter behind Lorenzo. Spies did finish ahead of Repsol Honda man Dani Pedrosa, who was nearly 1.6 seconds behind his title rival Lorenzo, and only a couple of thousandths ahead of San Carlo Gresini's Marco Melandri.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 2'05.991    
2 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 2'06.133 0.142 0.142
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 2'06.347 0.356 0.214
4 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 2'06.439 0.448 0.092
5 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 2'07.250 1.259 0.811
6 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 2'07.586 1.595 0.336
7 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 2'07.588 1.597 0.002
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 2'07.927 1.936 0.339
9 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 2'07.951 1.960 0.024
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 2'08.300 2.309 0.349
11 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 2'08.452 2.461 0.152
12 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 2'08.525 2.534 0.073
13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 2'08.666 2.675 0.141
14 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 2'09.639 3.648 0.973
15 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 2'09.805 3.814 0.166
16 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 2'10.227 4.236 0.422
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That seems way too slow for a track that was supposed to be the fastest.

Lorenzo is on an average speed of either 168 or 162 km/h, depending on whether you think the length is 5.9km (as per Wikipedia's figure for the "Arena" configuration) or 5.67km (as per this article on motogp.com which dates from well before the track changes were finished). Which seems pretty fast.

According to that article Philip Island is the fastest at 182km/h, so they're already within 20 to 15km/h, on just the first day.

Update: It's 5.9km according to Silverstone's own site. So Lorenzo's 2:05.99 is an average 168km/h.

So they'll need to get into the 1'56"s to be as fast as PI? I don't think they'll find 10 seconds this weekend. Or maybe for a few years.

Yeah, 1:56.6 it seems. Though, with qualifying they've found another 2.7s odd. I wouldn't be surprised if the lap record ends up another 1s down again, given that it looked like no one was setting consistently fast laps on a sector-best basis. And that's assuming they don't have much more to learn of the track.

What's up with Kallio? Seems like he's either very slow or losing the front end and crashing, though had his best MotoGP ride in Jerez.

I've usually been a fan of Kallio but he's really been struggling. He's performed well enough to have a championship under his belt in 125 or 250s. I feel a bit like Moto2 came a year too late for him. Not that he wasn't as ready to ride a MotoGP bike, but that he would have done very well in the class. I'd like to see Moto2 develop so it wasn't a 'feeder' class for MotoGP. Like 125s, other classes have a unique flavor that deserve to be celebrated in their own right more than a stepping stone.

I'm actually glad to see Kallio consistently at the back of the grid. Last year when he came into the class I felt he was somewhat cocky at times, making comments about slower riders when he was only ever able to run mid pack. Crashing into the back of Melandri at Brno last year and blaming him for the incident.

When they get passed. Often riders say things like, 'the other rider changed their lines' or put it diplomatically with, 'they were making some aggressive moves'. It's usually the excuse of why someone qualifies on the 2nd row but is in 12th place on lap 1. My point is that they all feel like it's not their fault that a rider cuts them off, even if it's the rider behind that has the responsibility of stopping.

But he has had more of a sour attitude since his time on the factory bike. I bet it's pretty frustrating to have been loyal to KTM for years, battled on equal terms with Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Stoner, Dovisioso and Simoncelli and won races against them while he ends up struggling with the Pramac team. I have a feeling some of that frustration is creeping into that part between the ears that makes people take the risks to go really fast.

Yeah for sure. Some riders definitely have a misplaced sense of entitlement. Like they own their position on the grid, or their bit of tarmac and shouldn't be contested for it (at least it seems so from some of their comments). Maybe some have an obscure definition of what racing is.

He's got one of those niggling shoulder injuries. Refer V Rossi, N Hodgson. But that is only part of his problem. I too felt he started last year really well and seemed to have the skills to develop into a very good MotoGP rider. Unfortunately that promise has trickled away somewhat. I for one hope he finds what he is looking for and can stick it in amongst those in the second tier.

Motorcycles fall over if you don't go fast - Fred Gassit AMCN