2011 Assen MotoGP FP2 Result: Simoncelli Tops Extended Dry Session

Marco Simoncelli has topped the first dry session that MotoGP has had at Assen, ending the 90-minute session - extended to compensate for the loss of yesterday afternoon's session - as fastest. The San Carlo Gresini Honda rider finished nearly two tenths ahead of Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner, and a quarter of a second faster than the factory Yamaha of Ben Spies. Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was a third of a second behind his teammate Spies, while Valentino Rossi's first dry time on the heavily revised Ducati (see separate story here) saw him secure 5th spot on the timesheets, just ahead of the Monster Tech 3 bikes of Cal Crutchlow and Colin Edwards.

The early part of the session saw the curious spectacle of all three Repsol Honda crashing out within two minutes of each other. Casey Stoner was the first rider to go down, suffering a small highside at De Bult. Andrea Dovizioso followed, crashing much more heavily, and lucky not to be hit by Marco Simoncelli, who was right behind Dovizioso. The Italian suffered a minor foot injury, but took to the track later on to complete the session. Almost immediately after Dovizioso's crash, Hiroshi Aoyama went down, sliding off spectacularly at the very fast Ramshoek corner. The crash was put down to cold tires, all three riders out on just their second lap, while all three crashes were also on the left side of the tire, which doesn't heat up as much with so few left handers.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'36.149    
2 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'36.342 0.193 0.193
3 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'36.409 0.260 0.067
4 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'36.745 0.596 0.336
5 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'37.247 1.098 0.502
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'37.332 1.183 0.085
7 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'37.386 1.237 0.054
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'37.661 1.512 0.275
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'37.724 1.575 0.063
10 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'38.276 2.127 0.552
11 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'38.282 2.133 0.006
12 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'38.427 2.278 0.145
13 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'38.929 2.780 0.502
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'39.032 2.883 0.103
15 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'39.197 3.048 0.165
16 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'40.243 4.094 1.046
17 64 Kousuke AKIYOSHI HONDA 1'40.991 4.842 0.748


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Great stuff from Crutchlow riding in pain and supposedly within himself to avoid further injury. Is Capirossi just in it to rack up GP starts now? I cannot believe how far he's fallen since being voted the best rider of 2006 by his peers.

I hope Spies is going to be up front this week end. It was in Assen 09 i realized the guy was really good...

Looks like having a crew who won't help with set-up is a positive for Toni...

The changes in the LCR team seam to work for Toni Elias, he's not last any more. Very strange story.

The gaps in lap times are once again huge (as in Silverstone), Rossi in 5th with 1 sec, Elias as 10th with 2 sec. These are no good signs for tomorrow.

I think these are more of a reflection of worsening on track conditions during the session. If you didn't get a quick time early, you weren't getting one at all.