MotoGP: Pedrosa Dominates Day One at Brno, Plus Moto2 and 125cc News

August 13, 2011

125cc, Moto2, MotoGP

MotoGP:

The MotoGP class returned to action after a two and a half week break for the opening session of the Cardion ab Grand Prix České republiky, with Dani Pedrosa emerging the fastest man ahead of Casey Stoner and Marco Simoncelli.

The 25 year old Repsol Honda rider set off into the second practice session at a blazing pace after crushing the field in the first outing of the day, though was unable to better his time of 1’56.328 that he achieved in the earlier session.

The rest of the field responded, with team mate Stoner moving into second in the later half of the practice with a time of 1’56.831, an improvement of 0.436s over his FP1 time and the only other rider to break the 1’57” barrier.

Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) was unshaken by his crash at the end of FP1, improving his time by three tenths with a lap of 1’57.136, keeping him third fastest of the day. Last year’s race winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) improved his time by four tenths with a lap of 1’57.174 to place him in fourth in the standings.

Andrea Dovizioso was fifth quickest of the day, posting a best time of 1’57.535 on his Repsol Honda RC212V, ahead of Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) in sixth position by a margin of 0.096s.

Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team), who finished fifth last year at Brno, improved on his FP1 time by over a second with a time of 1’57.745, moving him into seventh, while team mate Nicky Hayden was down in 14th for the day. Álvaro Bautista rode his Rizla Suzuki into eighth place, while wild card John Hopkins, who returns for a second race aboard the Rizla Suzuki, set an impressive tenth fastest time.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow and Colin Edwards were ninth and twelfth, respectively, while Héctor Barberá (Mapfre Aspar) time of 1’58.120 placed him in 11th for the day.

MotoGP rookie Karel Abraham (Cardion ab Motoracing) was down in 17th at his home race, while Randy de Puniet (Pramac Racing), who is riding with injuries from a crash in qualifying at Laguna Seca that put him out of the race, had a fall in the last minutes of the FP2 session.

Moto2:

The Moto2 class got underway on Friday morning at Brno with Stefan Bradl laying down a best lap of 2’03.586 on board his Viessmann Kiefer Racing machine, nearly one second faster than the official circuit record set by Toni Elias in 2010.

The 21 year old then improved on his time in FP2 by four tenths, thus setting himself as the man to beat at the Brno circuit. His time of 2’03.166 was 0.158s ahead of that set by Italian Iannone aboard his Speed Master machine and 0.185s faster than JiR Moto2 rider De Angelis, who were second and third fastest of the opening day.

Marc Márquez  progressed from the his 18th position in FP1 to fourth in FP2, though the lap times set by Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40) and Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) in FP1 were faster than Marquez’s time of 2’03.923, placing the Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol rider sixth for the day behind the other two Spaniards.

Tito Rabat (Blusens-STX) was also unable to improve on his best time of 2’03.999 set in FP1, which placed him seventh for the day, his FP2 time down in 14th. Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing), Mattia Pasini (Ioda Racing Project) and Max Neukirchner (MZ Racing) all improved on their earlier times to make it into the day’s top 10 of the Moto2 field.

125cc:

Nico Terol (Bankia Aspar) had been the pace setter in FP1, but Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) finished top of the timesheets in the afternoon practice with a lap time of 2’08.762 which was three seconds faster than his FP1 time.

Terol was unable to improve on his earlier time and recorded a lap close to one second slower, however he remained the quickest rider on show in the combined practice times, three tenths ahead of Cortese in second.

Skies were darker for the second practice session of the Cardion ab Grand Prix České republiky weekend for the 125cc field, with a light rain beginning to fall halfway through the session, though the majority of the field was able to improve on their times from the earlier session.

Championship challenger Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) was second in FP2 with a time of 2’08.800 after leading much of the session, putting him third for the day, followed by Miguel Oliveira (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) with his best day’s time of 2’09.295 placing him in fourth.

Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) and Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) followed successively in fifth and sixth, improving on their earlier positions, while Alberto Moncayo (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) set a time of 2’09.416 that bumped him down to seventh position and Héctor Faubel’s (Bankia Aspar) moved down to eighth from his earlier sixth with a lap time of 2’09.538.

Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) finished the day ninth, while rookie Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing), who currently sits third in the Championship, ended the day tenth in the field.

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