Saturday, July 23, 2011

Lorenzo in front in second session

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha, Laguna Seca 2011Jorge Lorenzo was comfortably fastest in Friday afternoon practice at Laguna Seca.

The Yamaha rider set a 1m22.056s on his ninth lap and stayed ahead thereafter, setting a consistently rapid pace and even escaping a wild moment near the end of his final lap without trouble.

Honda had been first and second in the morning, but could not quite match Lorenzo in practice two. Dani Pedrosa was second in the end, 0.141 seconds down on Lorenzo, with his team-mates Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso third and fourth.

It was an all-factory Yamaha and Honda top five as Ben Spies was top American again in fifth, followed by Marco Simoncelli’s Gresini Honda.

Best of the rest this time was Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista in a promising seventh.

Pramac’s Randy de Puniet was Ducati’s quickest rider in eighth, as the factory bikes of Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi were only 10th and 11th, behind Tech 3 Yamaha’s Colin Edwards. Both works Ducati men used the 2012 chassis GP11.1 in this session.

Newcomer Ben Bostrom still trailed the field, but narrowed the gap slightly as he took his LCR Honda round 4.1s off Lorenzo’s pace.

 Pos  Rider             Team/Bike       Time       Gap  1.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha          1m22.056s  2.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda           1m22.197s  + 0.141s  3.  Casey Stoner      Honda           1m22.231s  + 0.175s  4.  Andrea Dovizioso  Honda           1m22.537s  + 0.481s  5.  Ben Spies         Yamaha          1m22.615s  + 0.559s  6.  Marco Simoncelli  Gresini Honda   1m22.803s  + 0.747s  7.  Alvaro Bautista   Suzuki          1m23.056s  + 1.000s  8.  Randy de Puniet   Pramac Ducati   1m23.135s  + 1.079s  9.  Colin Edwards     Tech 3 Yamaha   1m23.183s  + 1.127s 10.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati          1m23.195s  + 1.139s 11.  Valentino Rossi   Ducati          1m23.369s  + 1.313s 12.  Hector Barbera    Aspar Ducati    1m23.424s  + 1.368s 13.  Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha   1m23.707s  + 1.651s 14.  Karel Abraham     Cardion Ducati  1m23.811s  + 1.755s 15.  Toni Elias        LCR Honda       1m23.830s  + 1.774s 16.  Hiroshi Aoyama    Gresini Honda   1m24.590s  + 2.534s 17.  Loris Capirossi   Pramac Ducati   1m24.663s  + 2.607s 18.  Ben Bostrom       LCR Honda       1m26.159s  + 4.103s 

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