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DATE News (chronologically)
10/15/10
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Lorenzo tops opening day at Phillip Island  After a delayed start due to wet weather conditions the MotoGP class completed the opening practice of the Iveco Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island on Friday, and newly-crowned World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was the quickest rider around the circuit. Setting the standard with a time of 1’41.146 the Fiat Yamaha rider underlined his pre-stated determination to round off his title-winning 2010 campaign in winning style.

Casey Stoner was next up at 0.334s down on Lorenzo’s time as the Australian, who has won at his home circuit for the past three seasons, brought his factory Desmosedici GP10 home ahead of Ducati team-mate Nicky Hayden. The American was 0.151s off Stoner as the riders began to see a dry line forming towards the end of the hour-long session.

Marco Simoncelli was fourth in the order as the San Carlo Honda Gresini rookie battled rear grip to set a best time of 1’41.881, with his team-mate Marco Melandri fifth and the final rider to get within a second of Lorenzo. Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) completed the top six.

Coming in seventh fastest was Valentino Rossi on his Fiat Yamaha M1, with Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) and Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) all in the top ten.

Back on track for the first time since he fractured his collarbone in Japan exactly two weeks ago Dani Pedrosa completed seven laps, before concluding his session just before the half-hour mark having posted a best time of 1’51.210.

Completing just three laps in the session and opting to avoid any unnecessary risks on a track on which he won a WSBK race last season was Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech 3).

Results

Pos.

Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 1'41.146 0.000 / 0.000
2 27 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Team Ducati 1'41.480 0.334 / 0.334
3 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 1'41.631 0.485 / 0.151
4 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1'41.881 0.735 / 0.250
5 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1'41.982 0.836 / 0.101
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'42.271 1.125 / 0.289
7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 1'42.626 1.480 / 0.355
8 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'43.013 1.867 / 0.387
9 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'43.476 2.330 / 0.463
10 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 1'43.984 2.838 / 0.508
11 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1'44.179 3.033 / 0.195
12 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 1'44.704 3.558 / 0.525
13 40 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 1'45.695 4.549 / 0.991
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 1'46.160 5.014 / 0.465
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1'48.127 6.981 / 1.967
16 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'51.210 10.064 / 3.083
17 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'58.613 17.467 / 7.403

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