Lorenzo Leads FP1 at Phillip Island

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Motogp_Lorenzo_phillipisland Jorge Lorenzo just clinched the MotoGP championship, but he is still trying to add some race wins to his already impressive total. Lorenzo set the fastest time today on the Phillip Island track, leading the Ducati duo of Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden during the first free practice session.

FP1 was delayed due to rain, but when the racing started Lorenzo quickly climbed to the top of the time sheets. Lorenzo finished with a 1’41.146 time, beating out Casey Stoner by .33 seconds. Nicky Hayden was the was next across the line, finishing .15 seconds behind his teammate.

Valentino Rossi, who is coming off of a recent victory in Malaysia, finished fifth today behind rookie Marco Simoncelli.

Dani Pedrosa took it easy on the Phillip Island track. Pedrosa is just returning to the MotoGP circuit after rehabbing a fractured collarbone. Pedrosa did 7 laps, and finished more than 10 seconds behind the 2010 MotoGP champ, Lorenzo.

Ben Spies also decided not to risk injury on the wet Phillip Island track. Spies only completed three laps before calling it quits for the day.

MotoGP – Free Practice – Phillip Island

Rider Nation Team Time
Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 1’41.146
Casey STONER AUS Ducati Team 1’41.480
Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team 1’41.631
Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1’41.881
Marco MELANDRI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1’41.982
Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team 1’42.271
Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 1’42.626
Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’43.013
Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 1’43.476
Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1’43.984

Simon Slips by Elias in FP1

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

moto2_simon Julian Simon put in the fastest lap during the free practice session for the Moto2 at Motegi. Simon scored a 1’54.203 time, beating out season leader Toni Elias by a tenth of a second.

Simon took a fall while trying to better his time toward the end of the session, but walked away without incident. Alex de Anglis was another tenth of a second behind Elias.

Scott Redding had a solid showing in fourth. Redding has just agreed to continue with his Marc VDS Racing Team for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and will be looking to prove to VDS that it was a good choice this weekend.

Behind Redding was Yonny Hernandez and Simon Corsi.

Andrea Iannone, who won the Moto2 event at Motegi last year, finished in 27th during the first free practice session.

Here is the report from the MotoGP Free Practice session at Motegi.

Rossi Quickest Off The Mark In Japan

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

If Valentino Rossi’s shoulder is still bothering him, he didn’t show it during the first free practice session. Rossi set the pace with a 1’48.174 time that he set on his final lap. Rossi would finish more than two tenths ahead of second place rider, Andrea Dovizioso.Rossi topping the time sheets is great news for fans of the legendary Italian, who have been waiting for Rossi to get back on top, but the big news today came just five minutes into the session when Dani Pedrosa crashed, and cracked his collarbone.

Pedrosa will miss Sunday’s race, and it is likely that he will miss at least one more.

With Pedrosa off the track, Dovizioso was the sole rider for the Respol Honda team. Dovizioso led the session up until the final moments when he was passed up by Rossi.

Behind Dovizioso came season leader Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo has a substantial lead in the MotoGP series, and now with Pedrosa out, could be looking at an easy five races to claim the title.

Casey Stoner and Ben Spies completed the top five.

Rutter At the Top After FP1

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

bsbkmichael_rutterMichael Rutter started off the weekend at Brands Hatch for the British Superbike in top form. Rutter was able to steal the lead from Ryuichi Kiyonari by just .0002 seconds.

At the beginning of the session, it was James Ellison who led the way. It wasn’t until the 30 minute mark that Rutter took over the top spot. King Kiyo claimed the top spot briefly, but Rutter was right behind, and bested his time by the smallest of margins.

Tom Sykes finished third, followed by Alastair Seeley and Josh Brookes.

James Ellison dropped down to 7th place by the end of the session behind Yukio Kagayama and Michael Laverty. Andrew Pit and Dan Linfoot round out the top ten,  keeping all ten riders within one second of one another.

British Superbike – Brands Hatch – Free Practice 1

  1. Michael Rutter (Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati) 1m:27.103s
  2. Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) +0.002s
  3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki World Superbike) +0.395s
  4. Alastair Seeley (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +0.418s
  5. Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda) +0.428s
  6. Yukio Kagayama (Worx Crescent Suzuki) +0.468s
  7. Michael Laverty (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +0.580s
  8. James Ellison (Swan Honda) +0.714s
  9. Andrew Pitt (Motorpoint Yamaha) +0.979s
  10. Dan Linfoot (Motorpoint Yamaha) +0.993s