2011 Misano MotoGP FP2 Result: Lorenzo Seizes The Momentum

After a very mediocre FP1 this morning, Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo grabbed the afternoon session of practice for the MotoGP class at Misano by the throat and set a scorching pace, taking another couple of tenths off Casey Stoner's time from this morning and breaking into the 1'33s with a lap of 1'33.929. Stoner pushed hard to respond, taking a tenth off his own best time from this morning, but only managing the 2nd fastest time just outside the 1'33s, while his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa ended the session in 3rd after leading through the early stages.

San Carlo Gresini Honda's Marco Simoncelli also improved his time from by half a second, sneaking ahead of Yamaha's Ben Spies and the third Repsol man Andrea Dovizioso. Alvaro Bautista's impressive run also continues, the Rizla Suzuki rider finishing the session in 7th just over a second behind Lorenzo, and ahead of his former 250cc rival Hector Barbera on the Mapfre Aspar Ducati. Hiroshi Aoyama ended FP2 in 9th, ahead of Monster Tech 3's Colin Edwards, while Valentino Rossi finished the session in 11th, 1.4 seconds slower than his former teammate. Rossi's improvement came right at the very end of the session, the Italian languishing near the bottom of the timesheets for most of FP2.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'33.929    
2 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'34.005 0.076 0.076
3 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'34.205 0.276 0.200
4 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'34.444 0.515 0.239
5 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'34.469 0.540 0.025
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'34.989 1.060 0.520
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'35.023 1.094 0.034
8 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'35.111 1.182 0.088
9 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'35.282 1.353 0.171
10 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'35.301 1.372 0.019
11 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'35.331 1.402 0.030
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'35.418 1.489 0.087
13 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'35.419 1.490 0.001
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'35.423 1.494 0.004
15 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'35.622 1.693 0.199
16 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'35.826 1.897 0.204
17 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'36.196 2.267 0.370


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What is the deal with Cal?
We know the Ducatis are having issues, Tony can't heat the tyres and Loris is older than all of the 125 riders combined, but Cal is on a good bike and his very old team mate is third of a second quicker !?!?!
Back to superbikes next season? Harsh but fair

Poncharal was unhappy with him lately but he is under a 2 years contract so he will be at Tech3 in 2012.
The hot topic is: who is gonna be his teammate?
So far it could be Smith, Bradl, Laverty, Dovi, RdP or Bautista!

de Puniet showed he has the ability with the LCR Honda. Hopefully he can get on a good bike and fight in the top 6 like before. With Dovi out there it could go to him as well... tough choices for some of these teams.