Casey Stoner tops final MotoGP practice session for Indianapolis Grand Prix
|By Jamie O'Leary||Saturday, August 27th 2011, 15:09 GMT|
Casey Stoner set the fastest two-wheeled lap of the Indianapolis road course as he went quickest in the final free practice session for this weekend's MotoGP race at the US venue.
The Honda rider was knocked off the top spot by the Yamaha of Ben Spies after 25 minutes, but responded just a few seconds later with a lap of 1m39.538s, which broke the outright track record set in qualifying by Dani Pedrosa in 2009.
That time remained undefeated for the remaining 20 minutes of the session, with Spies' time - 0.132s slower - good enough for second overall on a morning that featured far quicker times than the previous day thanks to the new track surface continuing to 'rubber-in'.
Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso were third and fifth, completing a good session for the Honda squad, while Marco Simoncelli split the pair on his Gresini-run RCV212 in fourth.
Colin Edwards was sixth on his Tech 3 Yamaha, one spot ahead of world champion and factory Yamaha man Jorge Lorenzo, who was over a second off championship leader Stoner's best time.
The Ducatis of Valentino Rossi and Randy de Puniet – the latter riding a Pramac-run machine – were next up while Alvaro Bautista snuck his Suzuki into 10th at the end of the session at the expense of Rossi's team-mate Nicky Hayden.
The session was short on incident, although Bautista did endure a trip through the gravel with five minutes remaining – without coming off.
Hiroshi Aoyama went across the grass exiting Turn 3 on his Gresini Honda late on while Karel Abraham was the only rider to crash, the Czech coming off his Cardion AB Ducati at the last corner at the end of the session.
Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap 1. Casey Stoner Honda 1m39.538s 2. Ben Spies Yamaha 1m39.670s + 0.132s 3. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m39.896s + 0.358s 4. Marco Simoncelli Gresini Honda 1m40.301s + 0.763s 5. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1m40.326s + 0.788s 6. Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha 1m40.438s + 0.900s 7. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m40.547s + 1.009s 8. Valentino Rossi Ducati 1m40.698s + 1.160s 9. Randy de Puniet Pramac Ducati 1m40.915s + 1.377s 10. Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 1m40.916s + 1.378s 11. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m41.067s + 1.529s 12. Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 1m41.209s + 1.671s 13. Loris Capirossi Pramac Ducati 1m41.496s + 1.958s 14. Hector Barbera Aspar Ducati 1m41.512s + 1.974s 15. Toni Elias LCR Honda 1m41.676s + 2.138s 16. Karel Abraham Cardion Ducati 1m41.740s + 2.202s 17. Hiroshi Aoyama Gresini Honda 1m41.889s + 2.351s