Archive - Race Or Practice Result
April 30th, 2010
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.
Results and summary of the second World Superbike race at Assen:
Results and summary of the World Supersport race at Assen:
Results and summary of World Superbike Race 1 at Assen:
Results of Qualifying for the World Supersport class:
Results of the World Superbikes Superpole, updated as they happen:
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.
Jakub Smrz is on provisional pole for Sunday's World Superbike races, after taking the top spot from Johnny Rea with a few minutes left in the first session of qualifying. The Pata S&G Ducati rider was helped to first spot by Rea himself, after the engine of the HANNSpree Ten Kate rider's Honda CBR1000RR blew up in a very oily mess, causing the session to be red-flagged, while the marshalls cleaned up the mess.
Troy Corser finished the session 3rd, continuing his strong start at Assen on the BMW S1000RR, while Alstare Suzuki rider - and championship leader - Leon Haslam finished in 4th, and rounds out the provisional front row.
Results and summary of the MotoGP race from Qatar: