2011 Valencia MotoGP FP2 Result: Bautista Leads Hayden In The Rain

A rain-sodden track which dried as the second session of MotoGP free practice progressed saw Alvaro Bautista come out on top. The Rizla Suzuki rider was fast throughout the session, taking control in the final five minutes from Ducati Marlboro's Nicky Hayden. Hayden was on course to take back top spot from Bautista, but a couple of slides in the second sector slowed the American up.

Pramac Ducati's Randy de Puniet set the 3rd fastest time, with Karel Abraham 4th fastest, though the Cardion AB rider ended the session with a big crash in Turn 1. Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow ended the session in 5th, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, the Repsol Honda man the first Honda rider in the session. Valentino Rossi just edged ahead of Casey Stoner, who was in turn just over a tenth faster than his Repsol teammate Dani Pedrosa. Josh Hayes posted an impressive 10th fastest time, the double AMA Superbike champion assisted by the fact that the MotoGP bikes use steel brakes in the wet, giving him one less thing to have to learn.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'47.975    
2 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'48.316 0.341 0.341
3 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'48.684 0.709 0.368
4 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'49.021 1.046 0.337
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'49.350 1.375 0.329
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'49.422 1.447 0.072
7 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'49.613 1.638 0.191
8 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'49.674 1.699 0.061
9 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'49.820 1.845 0.146
10 41 Josh HAYES YAMAHA 1'50.509 2.534 0.689
11 89 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA YAMAHA 1'51.277 3.302 0.768
12 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'51.838 3.863 0.561
13 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'51.932 3.957 0.094
14 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'52.072 4.097 0.140
15 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'53.286 5.311 1.214
16 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'54.342 6.367 1.056


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Although largely meaningless in such fickle conditions, Hayes performance is nonetheless most impressive being only 2.5 secs away from the top in both sessions. New track, new bike, new tyres. Good on him.

Yeah, he should swap bikes with the guy on Lorenzo's bike...

not often you see a Suzuki in first and 2nd through 4th filled out by Ducatis.

i hope Bautista does well this race. he's been so close to pulling off something impressive recently and it'd be nice for Suzuki to have a little encouragement.

Impressive ride from Mr. Bautista. I hope he shames suzuki's withdraw with a win... if that's even logical.

Mr. Hayes, well played, sir! I hope he shames the factories for putting less then fast retirement home riders in as subs over the last few years whlie so many young and talented riders sit on the bench.

Thank you Loris for finding the gas in fp1. Keep the thought. Win it or bin it, sir. Glory for you and 58. It is now or never.

Let's go out in style! Something tells me it's all down hill from here :(

Is Nakasuga actually older than Hayes? While Hayes is talented, at 36 I don't think he qualifies as "young".

when compared to Edwards or Capirossi!

Is showing his worth on a racing motorcycle. He is going about his business in a calm, professional manner befitting of a champion. I believe once the inevitable happens (full CRT grid) riders like Hayes and many others will get a chance to show their worth on the world stage.

Bautista is showing Suzuki's short sightedness. He has gone above the call, and Suzuki is just not reciprocating the effort at the moment. It's a damn shame...

I worry Alvaro's faith in Suzuki will cost him dearly next season as ride options dry up. I believe he would be a consistent podium contender on a satellite Honda RC213V.

Roll on Valencia. I just wish I could be there in person to listen to all those bikes sing their tribute to the magnanimous Super Sic...

Inevitable indeed Ren-jr (Randy Renfrew jr. ?). Apparently Ezpeleta dropped a bombshell during a radio interview today stating there would be no factory machines on the grid 2013, a control ECU and rev ceiling. What say you to this Mr Honda?

This is a funny looking list, riders not in the order we're used to seeing this year. It's good to see at least Toni Elias is consistent :)