MotoGP » Friday morning practice returns for 2011

Friday morning practice is reinstated for the 2011 MotoGP season, though it will now be a 45 minute session.

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over the moon - Unregistered

January 17, 2011 6:18 PM know-it-all "real" GP fans venting your spleen..

They have actually REDUCED practice duration.
Yes that's right suckers..In a meeting dated December 9th 2010 the GP commission set all sessions at 60 mins, apart from Sunday morning warm-up. Last weekend, they had another meeting and now FP1,2 and 3 will be 45 mins..QP Saturday afternoon will remain at 60 mins.

How silly do you look now..'kin kids?

fan - Unregistered

January 17, 2011 6:23 PM


Please kind sir, do not bring any factual information into a thread that was clearly written to bach on Valentino Rossi.

You should be ashamed of yourself.



January 17, 2011 6:27 PM

Good on you for sniping it @ over the moon.
I guess the GP comission are as keen to get 2011 underway as we are.Shortening the original planned 60 minute sessions just don't bring Sepang 1 any quicker.
Guess the GP comission are as bored as us right now.
Crikey !!! 15 minutes.WOW.

sladge - Unregistered

January 17, 2011 6:31 PM

Richard, you made the point without the sarcasm that I used. I find rider bashing tiresome, don't you? Unless there is humour involved of course.

The extra session will benefit everyone. No doubt some will benefit more than others, for whatever reason.

gg_hh - Unregistered

January 17, 2011 6:33 PM

If they didnt have a testing ban, the factories would test ALL THE TIME and the satellites could never afford to do that and would never be as competitive...not that the 800cc era has seen too many competitive satellite teams, but you get the idea.

over the moon - Unregistered

January 17, 2011 6:40 PM

Well honestly..

Whoever wrote the article for CRASH has illustarted their lack of professionalism and a yawning chasm of knowledge regards MotoGP, as the article is very misleading. It's not the first time and I doubt it'll be the last..still whadya expect from a site run by car enthusiast?
But it also shows that the majority of posters here just haven't got a clue.


January 17, 2011 6:42 PM

i must also add that when poeple are track side they will get 2 sessions on the friday unlike qwhen i was at silvestone last year it was once - (which was crap) - its makes it more of a full days schedule of seeing (in all classes) who is getting to grips with the task ahead - i rekon its great news for all.


January 17, 2011 7:05 PM

Fact is,the winter testing ban does not change a thing viz a viz sattelite teams.If the ban was lifted,the sattelite teams would still have the factory teams input filter through to them,be it in 45 minutes or 60 days,give or take 80 seconds.
The MotoGP competitors are banned from testing GP kit during the 'off' period,but the test riders can carry on as they please. I believe Battaini and Guareschi will be testing the revised GP 11 this week in Jerez.
So,yes,the factory never stops testing,the official riders enjoy an enforced layoff.

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