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DATE News (chronologically)
08/12/11
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Pedrosa off to a flying start at Brno  The MotoGP bikes hit the track for the first practice session of round 11, with grey clouds overhead and cool temperatures welcoming the field into the second half of the season. Pedrosa took his Repsol Honda on a flying lap of 1.56’328, substantially faster than the rest of the field and the only rider under the 1.57” mark.

Fresh off the back of a victory at Laguna Seca Stoner, Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) was second in the field, though his lap of 1.57'294 was nearly a second behind the Spaniard. Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team), who topped the timesheets briefly with 30 minutes to go, was 1.080s behind Pedrosa and third fastest of the session. The Italian ended the session with a crash in turn 13 but was unhurt.

Last year’s race winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) posted his best time of 1'57.587, two tenths behind Simoncelli to put him fourth in the standings. Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso was fifth quickest as he took his factory RC212V around in a best time of 1'57.776. That placed the Italian 0.127s ahead of Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing), who was sixth on his Yamaha Factory YZR-M1.

Wild card John Hopkins who is returning for a second race aboard the Rizla Suzuki set an impressive seventh fastest time, followed by the other Rizla Suzuki of Álvaro Bautista. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow and Colin Edwards were ninth and tenth, respectively, with Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) three tenths outside the top ten times.

MotoGP rookie Karel Abraham (Cardion ab Motoracing) debuting as the first Czech rider to compete in the premier class at a home Grand Prix since 1989, was sixteenth in the standings.

Results

Pos.

Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'56.328 0.000 / 0.000
2 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'57.294 0.966 / 0.966
3 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1'57.408 1.080 / 0.114
4 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'57.587 1.259 / 0.179
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'57.776 1.448 / 0.189
6 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'57.903 1.575 / 0.127
7 21 John HOPKINS USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 1'58.321 1.993 / 0.418
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 1'58.345 2.017 / 0.024
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'58.390 2.062 / 0.045
10 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'58.497 2.169 / 0.107
11 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'58.819 2.491 / 0.322
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1'58.927 2.599 / 0.108
13 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 1'58.973 2.645 / 0.046
14 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 1'58.975 2.647 / 0.002
15 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1'59.289 2.961 / 0.314
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1'59.334 3.006 / 0.045
17 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1'59.706 3.378 / 0.372
18 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 2'00.201 3.873 / 0.495

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