2011 Silverstone MotoGP FP2 Results: Stoner Dominates On Drying Track

Casey Stoner's domination of the MotoGP class continues, the Repsol Honda rider topping the timesheets in difficult, drying conditions. The track started almost completely wet, but dried out as the session went on, the southern half of the track becoming almost completely dry, while the northern section remained fairly wet.

The strange conditions saw Stoner, Marco Simoncelli and Jorge Lorenzo swap the lead as times dropped, Stoner grabbing top spot on his last lap by eight tenths of a second from Simoncelli. Nicky Hayden swept into 3rd spot, six tenths behind Simonceli, whil Cal Crutchlow seized 4th ahead of Jorge Lorenzo.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 27 Casey STONER HONDA 2'15.666    
2 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 2'16.463 0.797 0.797
3 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 2'17.070 1.404 0.607
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 2'18.109 2.443 1.039
5 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 2'18.683 3.017 0.574
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 2'18.783 3.117 0.100
7 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 2'18.820 3.154 0.037
8 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 2'19.009 3.343 0.189
9 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 2'19.435 3.769 0.426
10 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 2'19.612 3.946 0.177
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 2'20.337 4.671 0.725
12 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 2'20.607 4.941 0.270
13 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 2'20.639 4.973 0.032
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 2'20.982 5.316 0.343
15 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 2'21.026 5.360 0.044
16 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 2'24.724 9.058 3.698

 

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Cal Crutchlow! I'd really like to see him rip up the Silverstone race.

What is up with the huge gaps between riders? 2.4 sec usually covers the field: it gets you 4th today. JL and Spies are 3 seconds adrift while Rossi is almost 4 seconds off the pace!
Conditions are tricky but its the same for everyone and even in the dry this morning there were big gaps

Looked like 8 10ths in the last sector, but drying track it was and it's difficult to read too much other than Stoner is quick on the honda.
Gutted for ducati again, still chasing a base set up and improvements and this is the 2nd weekend going with mixed conditions, where I suspect they've had to take huge guesses in the hope that something works. Rossi and crew must be wondering if they are going to get a break..
Great work form Cal, Karel, and Nicky..

ps did anyone see if Simo tapped his seat cowel when Casey followed him in the wet for the first half a dozen laps like a little doggy?? ;-}

Too bad we can't really compare lines in the final section of the track. Stoner in the dry was nearly a half second faster than anyone else then in the rain he doubled it to 8 tenths!!! IN ONE SECTION!!! I'm sure whatever he's doing he wants to do everything he can to keep it to himself

Apart from Stoner and Simoncelli, the rider to impress me the most today was Cal Crutchlow. He was fast in both wet and dry conditions with alot of big names behind him. His Tech 3 Yamaha (last years factory machines i understand) seems a excellent package in wet or dry conditions. Come sunday a top six position could be on the cards for him, as long as he can get a good grid position tomorrow.
Although Hayden did well today Rossi seemed to be struggling with learning the circuit and/or bike set up. Hope he can turn it around by race day like he so often does. Although Rossi seems to stay calm when things go wrong, the Ducati must try even his patience, no wonder Stoner used to throw a wobbler sometimes in the pits!

Judging how this year Yamaha is performing... being on the last year one maybe not that bad :)

Of course this doesn't take a single penny away from Cal who doesn't know the circuit (as Rossi) but performed very well.

I think on BBC last race they were saying that he can be the next Simoncelli and everyone they had interviewed agreed. He is also a nice guy with a very interesting riding style.

I don't think it's ever been too bad to be on a year old Yamaha, depending on the excuses needed at a given moment in time.

As the talent piles up, it makes one really hope for the CRT concept to shake things up so where the limitation on victory is no longer a current year factory machine.

since he qualified on pole and won both world superbike races there last year, collecting the fastest lap of the race in the process.
For sure it was no MotoGP, but Cal knows the track as good as any other MotoGP rider, bar Rossi who still toured for 30 laps on a road-ready 1098 (after 4 laps on the 1198 Superbike before it failed).

Cal is doing wonders as a MotoGP rookie for sure, but he isn't handicapped by machinery in the way Spies & others have been in prior years. As Colin Edwards mentioned this season in a couple interviews, Tech 3 is on 2011 M1 machinery, and in his words they are closer to the Factory M1s than ever before. He mentioned to Sport Rider “I think to be fair and to be honest, our bike and [the factory] bike, there’s not that much difference." "... it’s ten times better package than last year."

This race will be the most uneventful of the calender
we've got 16 riders, HUGE gaps during both practice sessions, Stoner is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else, and the track is so long. This ones not even gonna look like a parade, more like a day of very light traffic
Lets hope not

Do agree with Ducatisti83, so far it does seem the race is building up to be another bore, but it is early days yet.
Can not see the CRT bikes next year improve the excitement much, dont think they will be competitive with the prototypes, maybe if there are enough of them they could have their own championship in the races (like the EVO bikes in BSB)
Going to 1000cc might make for better racing with the prototypes, but i think the real reason for all these processional races is the advanced electronics Motogp bikes use.

I don't find any motogp race boring. I love watching every single practice session. Sure I would like to see the riders mix it up, but I don't even find the warm up laps boring.

Never bored by MotoGP either, whether it is practice or racing, it is all good.

This isn't clubsport; these are the fastest, twitchiest, most amazing bikes on the planet - these bikes are far from boring, especially when ridden by an alien.