The Repsol Honda team has started strongly in the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, placing its riders in the top four positions of the time sheets at the end of the first day of free practice at the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Dani Pedrosa set a fast lap of 1'22.197 to finish overall second today, just one tenth off the provisional pole position for Jorge Lorenzo, while Casey Stoner was third, thirty four thousandths off Dani, and Andrea Dovizioso, fourth, very close to his team mates.
The riders were able to test the Bridgestone soft tyre compound in the morning due to the cold temperatures, and the harder tyre in the afternoon, with the track temperature 15 degrees higher, and both performed reasonably well even if the circuit grip level is still low.
The Repsol Honda Team will keep working tomorrow morning to improve the set up of the RC212V to prepare for a strong qualifying practice at a unique circuit, with a combination of hard braking and very fast changes of directions.
DANI PEDROSA – 2nd 1'22.197
"The second session in the afternoon was pretty interesting, we made some changes on the bike and tried the race tyre, looking to set up the bike to absorb the bumps of which there are many in this track and they especially affect the front. The grip was a little poor today and it was also very windy out there, so we haven't yet found the perfect ride. In the morning we tried the softer compound and it had a little more grip, and in the afternoon, with the race tyre, it was more difficult to find grip, but perhaps the track conditions were not perfect, so we are hoping to keep improving tomorrow".
CASEY STONER – 3rd 1'22.231
"We've been trying all day to get a slightly different balance with the bike to get the tyres working differently but we're struggling to get the feeling that we want and that we've had in the past. We've changed the set up quite substantially, with pivot positions and trying to get the rear to work with a little less temperature in the tyre, which we've accomplished but still haven't got the grip that we want and we're creating too much wheel spin. Also, we're struggling to find a good feeling in the front and just not totally comfortable with the bike in general so we have a some work to do tonight and will continue in the morning to get prepared for qualifying".
ANDREA DOVIZIOSO – 4th 1'22.537
“This afternoon we did a comparison between two different set ups and the feeling improved. We still have a gap of four tenths from the first rider, but we lapped more consistently. We need to keep on working to improve the pace and the feeling with the front but in general I’m confident that tomorrow we will be able to make another step forward. Compared to the first free practice, lap times came easier this afternoon and tomorrow we will continue working in this direction”.
1 Jorge Lorenzo 1'22.056 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 1'22.197 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Casey Stoner 1'22.231 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso 1'22.537 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Ben Spies 1'22.615 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
6 Marco Simoncelli 1'22.803 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
7 Alvaro Bautista 1'23.056 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
8 Randy De Puniet 1'23.135 FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
9 Colin Edwards 1'23.183 USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
10 Nicky Hayden 1'23.195 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
11 Valentino Rossi 1'23.369 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
12 Hector Barbera 1'23.424 SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
13 Cal Crutchlow 1'23.707 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
14 Karel Abraham 1'23.811 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
15 Toni Elias 1'23.830 SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
16 Loris Capirossi 1'24.566 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
17 Hiroshi Aoyama 1'24.590 JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
18 Ben Bostrom 1'26.159 USA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
First race 1988 (Modified 1996)
GPs held 12
Race distance 115.520km / 71.776miles
Track length 3.610km / 2.243miles
Track width 15m
Longest straight 0.966km / 0.6miles
Corners 11 (4 right, 7 left)
Pole position Right
1021 Monterey Salinas Hwy
T: +1 831-242-8201
Pole position 1m20.700s (161.040Km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2008)
Race lap 1m21.376s (159.703Km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2010)
Race time 43m54.873s (157.833Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2010)
Premier Class Wins 3 (Wayne Rainey 1989, 1990-01)
2010 Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)