Archive - Race Or Practice Result
Columbian rider Yonny Hernandez topped the timesheets after the second session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Jerez, the BQR rider putting on a spectacular display of sliding his way around the Spanish track. Hernandez finished just ahead of Qatar race winner Shoya Tomizawa on the Technomag CIP Suter, and Tom Luthi on the Interwetten bike. Yesterday's fastest rider Alex Debon finished in 3rd on the FTR, ahead of former MotoGP rider Alex de Angelis.
The session was extremely hectic, the 42 bikes out on the track making finding a spot of clear track extremely difficult. Riders were resorting to almost race tactics, bumping each other out of the way to make some room, the most blatant incident being Ant West stuffing his MZ up the inside of Luthi, forcing both men to back off a fraction and start all over again. Toni Elias - 8th in the session - ended up in the gravel, folding the front wheel at the end of the back straight, after not quite making the corner. Elias was unhurt, luckily for the Gresini rider, as he is still recovering from broken ankles suffered before the start of the season.
Jorge Lorenzo seized control of the MotoGP class during the second session of free practice at Jerez, taking over the lead twenty minutes into the session and then cranking up the pace. The Fiat Yamaha rider had a comfortable lead for most of the session, but put in a blistering lap in the dying seconds to end the session nearly half a second ahead of the competition. That competition came from Dani Pedrosa, the Repsol Honda rider finding a burst of pace at the end of practice to grab 2nd place, not far ahead of Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner, who had led during the early running.
Pedrosa's Repsol teammate Andrea Dovizioso ended the day in 4th, ahead of Valentino Rossi, who is clearly still suffering with his shoulder. Monster Tech 3 rider Ben Spies ended the session in 6th, having improved his time from yesterday by 1.2 seconds, again showing how quickly he learns tracks, this being his first visit to the Andalucian track. Nicky Hayden was quick early on, but had a nasty crash in turn 7, tumbling through the gravel. His bike was pretty badly damaged, but Hayden himself was merely shaken up. After sitting in the pits for 10 minutes or so, he was soon back out on the track.
Pol Espargaro continues to lead the 125cc class, topping this morning's second session of free practice. The Tuenti Derbi rider just edged Marc Marquez, while Aspar's Nico Terol finished in 3rd. The Bancaja Aspar bikes picked up the pace today, with Bradley Smith closing a full second on Espargaro, to finish the session in 4th.
Alex Debon was the fastest rider during the first session of Moto2 free practice, the Spanish FTR rider leading for most of FP1. Another FTR - albeit the heavily modified Speed Up version - ended the day in 2nd, Gabor Talmacsi just pipping American Kenny Noyes on the Jack&Jones bike in the final moments of practice. Tech3's Yuki Takahashi was 4th quickest.
Casey Stoner picked up at Jerez where he left off at Qatar, by grasping the first session of free practice for the MotoGP riders by the scruff of the neck and leading almost from his first lap. The Marlboro Ducati rider remained virtually unchallenged throughout. Stoner's only mistake was losing the front at the Dry Sack corner, sliding out unhurt with just a few minutes of the session left.
But the big lead that Stoner pulled out in the early part of the session did not last. Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo whittled away at it slowly, taking off a tenth here and a tenth there until he ended the session in 2nd spot, just 0.144 seconds off Stoner's time. Nicky Hayden's form from Qatar also continued, setting the 3rd fastest time, four tenths behind his Australian teammate and just ahead of Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa looked a good deal smoother here than at Qatar, the bike bucking and weaving significantly less than three weeks ago. Valentino Rossi's shoulder appears to be slowing the Fiat Yamaha rider down, the Italian ending in 5th place, just over six tenths off Stoner's time.
MotoGP has returned to Jerez , and the bikes are out on track once again. First up on Friday - after the Red Bull Rookies, who are running as a support class here in Jerez - were the 125 class, where Pol Espargaro took first blood on the Tuenti Derbi, just pipping Red Bull Ajo's Marc Marquez in the dying seconds. Espargaro's teammate Efren Vazquez rounded out the top 3, while Sandro Cortese made it a clean sweep for Derbi in the top 4.
The most notable thing about the 125s, however, was the difference in times. The top three are all within a quarter of a second, but Cortese is over a second behind in 4th, and Alberto Moncayo in 8th place is fully 2 seconds behind Espargaro, and just ahead of Bancaja Aspar's Bradley Smith.
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Troy Corser continued in the second session of Free Practice where he left off in QP2, by heading the timesheets on the BMW S1000RR. The Australian once again finished ahead of HANNSpree Ten Kate's Johnny Rea, while Leon Haslam put the Alstare Suzuki in 3rd. BMW's progress continued in the other half of the garage as well, with Ruben Xaus ending the session in 4th, just over three tenths of a second behind Corser.
Troy Corser took provisional pole spot during the second session of qualifying for the World Superbike class, underlining the serious steps forward that BMW have made with the S1000RR. Corser's hot lap displaced Jakub Smrz from provisional pole, and bumping Ten Kate's Johnny Rea down into 3rd. Carlos Checa made a big jump forward to move up into 4th place.
The final starting grid will be settled during Superpole this afternoon.
Eugene Laverty finally broke the stranglehold which the Ten Kate Honda World Supersport team had at Assen, putting his Parkalgar Honda between Kenan Sofuoglu and Michele Pirro. Sofuoglu still has a firm grip on the class, though, leading Laverty by over half a second. Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki's Fabien Foret was 4th fastest in the morning session, run in cool, but sunny and dry conditions.
The Ten Kate World Supersport team are clearly determined to dominate their home round of World Supersport this weekend. After sweeping all opposition before them during the first session of free practice, Kenan Sofuoglu and Michele Pirro continued in the same vein during QP1. Sofuoglu sits on provisional pole, three tenths ahead of his teammate Pirro, but the gap to the rest has been reduced from huge to just dominant. Frenchman Fabien Foret sits in 3rd, half a second behind Sofuoglu, while Parkalgar Honda's Eugene Laverty took the final spot on the provisional front row, three quarters of a second off the pace of the young Turk.