Simoncelli tops tight Estoril practice

Simoncelli emerged fastest from both practice sessions in Estoril

Simoncelli emerged fastest from both practice sessions in Estoril

Italian wild-man Marco Simoncelli has topped Friday practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix, despite crashing during the afternoon’s second session.

The Gresini Honda rider missed just a few minutes of the session due to the fall, and went on to back up his fastest time from Practice 1 by edging Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) by 0.06s.

Dani Pedrosa, still recovering from a collarbone injury, was the fastest of the factory Repsol Honda riders in third – just 0.003s shy of Lorenzo.

Valentino Rossi (Ducati) and Australian Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) rounded out the top five.

Alvaro Bautista returned to action today for Suzuki, having broken his leg just 41 days ago during practice for the season opener in Qatar. The Spaniard finished the day at the foot of the time sheets.

See below for the full practice result

1 Marco Simoncelli Honda 1m37.663s
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m37.724s 0.061
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m37.727s 0.064
4 Valentino Rossi Ducati 1m38.102s 0.439
5 Casey Stoner Honda 1m38.102s 0.439
6 Colin Edwards Yamaha 1m38.203s 0.540
7 Karel Abraham Ducati 1m38.473s 0.810
8 Ben Spies Yamaha 1m38.563s 0.900
9 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m38.596s 0.933
10 Héctor Barberá Ducati 1m38.611s 0.948
11 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1m38.645s 0.982
12 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1m38.658s 0.995
13 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1m38.760s 1.097
14 Toni Elías Honda 1m38.912s 1.249
15 Loris Capirossi Ducati 1m39.021s 1.358
16 Randy de Puniet Ducati 1m39.137s 1.474
17 Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 1m40.173s 2.510



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