MotoGP »

Stoner sets the pace at Phillip Island

Casey Stoner fastest during Friday practice (2) for the Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island.
Casey Stoner's quest for a fifth consecutive home Australian MotoGP victory began in near faultless fashion as the Repsol Honda rider led both of Friday's free practice sessions at Phillip Island.

Stoner's only error was a small fall this morning, when he went on to finish 0.269sec ahead of title rival Jorge Lorenzo.

The 2007 world champion then extended his advantage to 0.377sec over Marco Simoncelli in FP2, despite lapping slightly slower.

Stoner, who will be 26-years-old on Sunday, can wrap up the 2011 title this weekend, if he scores ten points more than Lorenzo.

Like Stoner, Yamaha star Lorenzo failed to improve on his morning time, but still finished the day in second place (+0.269sec) on combined times.

Honda Gresini rider Simoncelli fell in both sessions, but set his best time of the day in the afternoon for third overall - and was the final rider within one-second of Stoner's best.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Colin Edwards claimed a strong fourth overall, courtesy of his morning time, having been ninth in the afternoon.

Lorenzo's Factory Yamaha team-mate Ben Spies moved in the opposite direction, improving from eighth in the morning to fourth in the afternoon, placing the Texan fifth overall.

The remaining places in the combined top ten were taken by Stoner's team-mates Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa, Simoncelli's team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama, the top Ducati of Nicky Hayden and Pramac Ducati's Randy de Puniet.

Eleventh overall went to Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista, at the GSV-R's toughest track, with rookie Cal Crutchlow twelfth for Tech 3 and Valentino Rossi just 13th for Ducati (+1.539sec).

Australian Damian Cudlin is making his second MotoGP appearance in as many events, this time standing in for Hector Barbera at Aspar Ducati, while Loris Capirossi is returning to action for Pramac Ducati.

Capirossi concluded day one in 14th place, ahead of Karel Abraham (Cardion AB) and Toni Elias (LCR), with Cudlin 3.183sec from Stoner in 17th and last. Reports from Phillip Island suggest that Aspar have been unable to reach an agreement to continue with Ducati machinery next season.

Friday practice (combined):

1. Stoner
2. Lorenzo
3. Simoncelli
4. Edwards
5. Spies
6. Dovizioso
7. Pedrosa
8. Aoyama
9. Hayden
10. de Puniet
11. Bautista
12. Crutchlow
13. Rossi
14. Capirossi
15. Abraham
16. Elias
17. Cudlin

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Stoner, Japanese MotoGP 2011
Rossi and Zarco touch, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi and Zarco touch, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi and Zarco touch, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi and Zarco touch, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi and Zarco touch, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi and Zarco touch, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi and Zarco touch, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi and Zarco touch, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi runs wide before Zarco makes contact, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Crowds, Dutch Moto3 race 2017
Pulkkinen, Dutch Moto3 race 2017
Sasaki, Dutch Moto3 race 2017
Bulega, Dutch Moto3 race 2017
Bendsneyder, Dutch Moto3 race 2017
Bendsneyder, Dutch Moto3 race 2017
Bendsneyder, Dutch Moto3 race 2017
Girls, Dutch Moto3 race 2017

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


October 14, 2011 6:58 AM

Okay if Lorezo is often faster than 3 factory Hondas does that spike the idea that the Honda is a dream machine that anybody can win on? Or is Lorenzo superman? Or are Pedro, Dovi and Simo useless? Oh wait a moment! If you take Casey away then Lorenzo leads the championship and Pedro is second? Kinda like last year right? Hmmmmm what could this tell us if we looked at it without being a rabid stoner hater?

1001 - Unregistered

October 14, 2011 8:32 AM

Ducati has won last 4 races at Philip Island, if Ducati still not win, it's simply, not because Ducati/carbon frame is not competitive but because Rossi is not competitive, this fact can not arguable

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.