Archive - Race Or Practice Result
July 26th, 2009
Result of the 250cc qualifying practice at Donington:
Results of the MotoGP qualifying practice session at Donington:
Results of Superpole sessions:
Result and summary for the 125cc qualifying practice at Donington:
Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow finished qualifying for the World Supersport class at Brno exactly as he had finished it: On top of the timesheets. Eugene Laverty managed to close some of the gap to the young Englishman, but his Parkalgar Honda team still have over 8/10ths of a second to find to match Crutchlow's pace. The Kawasakis of Joan Lascorz and Katsuake Fujiwara round out the front row.
Marco Simoncelli was the fastest of the 250 riders in the last of the morning's free practice sessions, beating early leader Hector Barbera towards the end of the session. Barbera headed 3rd place man Alvaro Bautista, who had a nasty crash down Craner Curves in the final minutes of the session, adding to the bruises he collected yesterday. Thomas Luthi rounds out the top four.
Max Biaggi was once again fastest in the second session of qualifying practice, now having topped all three sessions of practice for the Superbike class. Ben Spies was second quickest, ahead of Jakub Smrz on the Guandalini Ducati and Michel Fabrizio on the factory Ducati. Nori Haga continues to suffer, still only 18th fastest in the combined qualifying standings.
Combined results of both qualifying sessions, riders in bold go forward to Superpole:
Dani Pedrosa was once again quickest during the second session of free practice at Donington Park, the Spaniard edging past his compatriot and intense rival Jorge Lorenzo in the last few minutes of the session. The session briefly saw the remarkable spectacle of Pedrosa and Lorenzo sharing the lead, Pedrosa posting an identical time to the Fiat Yamaha man, before the Repsol Honda man posted an even faster time on the next lap to take the top spot ahead of Lorenzo.
Casey Stoner was 3rd fastest, though the Australian got off to a rocky start, crashing his Ducati on the first lap out of the pits at the Melbourne Hairpin. Stoner returned to the track after sitting in the pits for 5 minutes, and improved his times as the session went on. He finished ahead of Valentino Rossi, who had led early on, but was eventually bumped down to 4th place once the rest of the Fantastic Four got up to speed.
The sun is still out, and the forecast is looking good for a dry qualifying session this afternoon.
Julian Simon took a last minute flyer to top the timesheets at Donington Park. The Spaniard leads a veritable bevy of Iberians, with Joan Olive in 2nd, Nicolas Terol in 3rd and Sergio Gadea in 4th.
Cal Crutchlow's domination of the World Supersport class continued during FP2. The Yamaha man ended the second session just under 9/10ths of a second ahead of Joan Lascorz, and nearly 1.2 seconds ahead of title rival Eugene Laverty. The rest of the field has some work to do before this afternoon's qualifying session.
The Spanish veteran Alex Debon topped the free practice session for the 250 class at Donington, setting the fastest time in the final minutes of the session. Marco Simoncelli and Mattia Pasini had made the early running, but as the clock ticked down, a mass of other riders got involved with the race for the top of the timesheets. In the end, Debon beat out Hiroshi Aoyama and Alvaro Bautista, forcing Simoncelli down into 4th. The 250 riders were lucky, though, as they were the only class not to have rain disrupt their session.
Max Biaggi topped the timesheets once again at Brno, the only man to drop under the 2 minute marker during the first session of qualifying. Ducati's Michel Fabrizio improved his position, setting the 2nd fastest time, ahead of Carlos Checa and a remarkable Makoto Tamada on the Kawasaki. Tamada has been very much mid-pack so far this year, but his return from injury appears to have inspired him. Yamaha's Ben Spies was 5th quickest in the session, while Nori Haga improved, but only up to 16th. Qualifying continues tomorrow morning, the top 20 advancing to Superpole.
Cal Crutchlow topped the timesheets in the first session of free practice for the World Supersport class at Brno, completely dominating the field. The young Briton finished over 1.4 seconds ahead of his Yamaha teammate Fabien Foret, no one capable of getting anywhere near him. Behind Foret, the Hondas of Kenan Sofuoglu and Eugene Laverty took 3rd and 4th, just a couple of tenths off Foret's times.