2011 Laguna Seca MotoGP FP2 Result: Lorenzo Seizes Control

Jorge Lorenzo has taken charge of proceedings at Laguna Seca, the factory Yamaha rider seizing control of the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class in the early stages and going on to top the timesheets with a lap just outside of the 1'21 bracket. More impressive than Lorenzo's best time - a 1'22.056 - was his string of 1'22.2s which he reeled off effortlessly on each of his runs during the session. The Repsol Hondas follow Lorenzo, but at a bit of a distance. Both Dani Pedrosa in 2nd and Casey Stoner in 3rd are less than two tenths of a second behind Lorenzo, but their pace is further off the Yamaha man's. Stoner, in particular, appeared to struggle with his bike, only improving to get close to Lorenzo at the very end of the session.

Andrea Dovizioso is the 4th fastest man, just under half a second off Lorenzo, with Lorenzo's teammate Ben Spies a few hundredths slower than Dovizioso. Marco Simoncelli ended the day as 6th fastest man, just under three quarters of a second behind Lorenzo, and the last man inside a second. Alvaro Bautista's impressive showing at the Sachsenring has given the Rizla Suzuki rider some encouragement, Bautista finishing the session in 7th exactly a second behind Lorenzo, and just ahead of Pramac Ducati's Randy de Puniet and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards. After deciding to stick with the GP11.1 for the rest of the weekend - and therefore probably the rest of the season - Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi ended the session in 10th and 11th respectively, both having improved their times, but both still well over a second from the front three. The GP11.1 is probably an improvement over the GP11, but it's a long, long way from being a truly competitive motorcycle.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'22.056    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'22.197 0.141 0.141
3 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'22.231 0.175 0.034
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'22.537 0.481 0.306
5 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'22.615 0.559 0.078
6 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'22.803 0.747 0.188
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'23.056 1.000 0.253
8 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'23.135 1.079 0.079
9 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'23.183 1.127 0.048
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'23.195 1.139 0.012
11 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'23.369 1.313 0.174
12 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'23.424 1.368 0.055
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'23.707 1.651 0.283
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'23.811 1.755 0.104
15 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'23.830 1.774 0.019
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'24.590 2.534 0.760
17 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'24.663 2.607 0.073
18 23 Ben BOSTROM HONDA 1'26.159 4.103 1.496


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Watching Nicky and Val struggling on these bikes is sad. First Val takes it on the chin in Mugello, and now It's looking like Nicky is gona get the same in Laguna......

On a positive note Bautista and Suzuki look like they're on to something!!

The way Jorge is running right now Casey could be chasing him again this weekend!!

Bostrom made up a little over a second between FP1 and FP2. Good for him!!

I'm no techie, so maybe this is really dumb, but I wonder if Ducati is considering building a conventional (for them) trellis frame for 2012? Is there anything fundamentally wrong with a trellis approach? I believe they could do that and still achieve the minimum weight without compromising suspension design. This carbon fiber adventure is not working, and Ducati does not have the luxury of more years to make it work, IMO.

They had already considered and rejected it - as they believed Trellis technology was not up to the job of being both strong and light enough for this application.

As for CF per-se being the cause, I'm yet to see anyone outside Ducati produce more than an "I reckon" argument for it being the cause, and I'm fairly sure that Ducati have access to better resources than that.

Wow, Jlo really riding like a champ what a session from him and Dani too must have been quite a blow to Casey.. Great saves from JLo and Casey and again another great session from Alvaro.
Does anyone know when Ducati will fall into the suzuki rulebook of having as many engines as you like?? they can't be far off.

I do think Ducati could acheive better results if they went back to a trellis frame
over the CF frame of present.But they seem determined to make this chassis design work. Like their Desmo valve gear,Ducati like to be different which i am sure helps them sell road bikes.
Like most engineering projects it takes time to develop, but time is not endless before sponsors,riders and fans lose faith in Ducati due to their lack of apparent
But for Ducati,Motogp and the technical interest ,i hope Ducati can succeed in the chassis design they have chosen.