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Saturday 16th July, 2011 - 12:39am

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Simoncelli was the practice pace-setter

Simoncelli was the practice pace-setter

Italian Marco Simoncelli has topped both Friday practice sessions ahead of the German Grand Prix on another difficult day for Valentino Rossi.

Simoncelli countered a late challenge from Yamaha’s Lorge Lorenzo to top Practice 2, with Repsol Honda trio Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso rounding out the top five.

Rossi’s day meanwhile began with a sizeable crash in Practice 1 that saw the nine-time World Champion report to the medical centre with cuts to his arm.

Returning for Practice 2, the Italian’s Ducati suffered mechanical problems, forcing Rossi onto his spare bike. The end result was the 12th fastest time.

The downhill, right hand Turn 11 that caught Rossi out in the morning also saw falls for Stoner, Pedrosa and Toni Ellias. A subsequent crash at Turn 1 required a spare Honda for Ellias.

Loris Capirossi’s return from shoulder and chest injuries on the Pramac Ducati was brief – the veteran Italian pulling out of the event after Practice 1, to be replaced by World Superbike rider Sylvian Guintoli.

See below for the full practice results

Practice 1

Pos.

Rider

Nation

Team

Bike

Time

Gap

1 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’22.823
2 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’23.004 0.181
3 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’23.046 0.223
4 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 1’23.205 0.382
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’23.355 0.532
6 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1’23.416 0.593
7 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 1’23.433 0.610
8 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’23.534 0.711
9 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’23.558 0.735
10 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’23.594 0.771
11 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’23.604 0.781
12 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 1’23.989 1.166
13 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’24.162 1.339
14 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1’24.512 1.689
15 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’24.620 1.797
16 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’26.060 3.237
17 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’26.334 3.511

Practice 2

Pos.

Rider

Nation

Team

Bike

Time

Gap

1 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’22.225
2 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’22.320 0.095
3 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’22.432 0.207
4 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’22.542 0.317
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’22.654 0.429
6 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 1’22.882 0.657
7 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’22.894 0.669
8 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’23.037 0.812
9 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 1’23.261 1.036
10 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1’23.352 1.127
11 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’23.431 1.206
12 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1’23.533 1.308
13 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 1’23.625 1.400
14 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’23.760 1.535
15 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’23.906 1.681
16 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’24.304 2.079
17 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’25.964 3.739

 

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