Race update: Estoril MotoGP
Live timing notes.
The race began and when live timing refreshed to give the standings after Lap 1 the field was down to 14 bikes. Simoncelli, who started in P2 was absent. Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Stoner occupied the podium spots and Rossi was in P4. Edwards who lead the warm up session was in down to P6.
A quarter of the way through the race, a very tough race for Batista and his Rizla Suzuki. He was already 40+ seconds down to the leader.
Lorenzo laps Batista omP14.
It is a three bike race. The trio of Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Stoner have lapped the rest of the field. The trio is separated by less than three seconds. Pedrosa has stayed on the champion's heels shown consistently
0.07x seconds behind.
Stoner has settled in behind this pair adrift the leader by just under three seconds. He tends to be a late charger in races that he does not lead from the start. Does he have
Lap 14 the half way mark MotoGP Live timing groups the on track dues this way.
Stoner will need some divine intervention. His gap to Lorenzo has widened to over 4 seconds and is growing. He is almost a full six seconds ahead of his nemesis Rossi.
Pedrosa sets a new fast lap. With less than ten laps to go is the final challenge beginning?
P 1 and 2 are separated by 0.071 seconds. Stoner is now over five seconds adrift of this pair but still under now challenge from Rossi.
I just realized the field is down to 13 bikes, Spies is not listed so is out of the race!
Bautista sets a personal best lap time. To do it this late in the race is a small victory for him even if it was done in P13 of a then 13 bike field.
Lorenzo has turned up the wick just a bit opening his lied to 0.814
Pedrosa grabs the slip stream and cuts the time to 0.70 seconds once again. Is there a final lap pass being set up?
Why wait till the final lap? Pedrosa is shown in P1 with Lorenzo 0.484 seconds behind in P2.
Now it is Pedrosa's turn to crank up the fire with a new fast lap opening his lead to 1.041 seconds over Lorenzo and 6.81 seconds over teammate Stoner. Rossi in P4 is 15+ seconds behind the leader.
Pedrosa sets another fast lap expanding his lead to 1.725 seconds.
10 De Punet
I will have a race round up in the Monday post. The weather has been fickle here in Fly-Over-Land. There are blue skies with thing gray clouds. Time to go riding before they turn black and wet.
Monday Update - The Chase
[b] The Chase - BMW RR vs. BMW M3[/b]
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Friday, 6 May: 1st Practice Race Updates
Rea topped FridayÔÇÖs first practice session at Monza with Corser P2 and Badovodini in P3! Haslam was back in P 10 but first practice is not his normal place to show his weekend potential. Toseland is back on track both literally and figuratively. Looking at his timing information he is riding a nice smooth setup. This is encouraging for his return but the times turned in put him in P21.
1 4 J. REA GBR Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.712 22 200,528 324,7
2 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'43.765 0.053 0.053 20 200,426 324,7
3 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 1'43.913 0.201 0.148 20 200,141 321,5
4 1 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'44.099 0.387 0.186 21 199,783 330,2
5 33 M. MELANDRI ITA Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'44.208 0.496 0.109 23 199,574 328,0
6 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'44.221 0.509 0.013 22 199,549 330,2
7 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'44.232 0.520 0.011 20 199,528 323,6
8 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'44.257 0.545 0.025 20 199,480 319,4
9 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'44.264 0.552 0.007 19 199,467 319,4
10 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'44.303 0.591 0.039 20 199,392 322,6
11 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'44.336 0.624 0.033 20 199,329 320,4
12 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'44.364 0.652 0.028 22 199,276 322,6
13 121 M. BERGER FRA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'44.374 0.662 0.010 21 199,257 316,3
14 17 J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'44.466 0.754 0.092 18 199,081 322,6
15 111 R. XAUS ESP Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.559 0.847 0.093 19 198,904 318,3
16 41 N. HAGA JPN PATA Racing Team Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'44.564 0.852 0.005 20 198,894 323,6
17 77 C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'45.109 1.397 0.545 11 197,863 320,4
18 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'45.123 1.411 0.014 20 197,837 317,3
19 44 R. ROLFO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'45.944 2.232 0.821 24 196,304 315,2
20 8 M. AITCHISON AUS Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'46.129 2.417 0.185 21 195,962 312,2
21 52 J. TOSELAND GBR BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 1'46.568 2.856 0.439 15 195,154 317,3
22 32 F. LAI ITA Echo Sport Racing Company Honda CBR1000RR 1'46.735 3.023 0.167 15 194,849 308,2
Monza is a track that favors the nature of the S 1000 RR and CorserÔÇÖs riding style. It is a home track of sorts for Badovini and it is always good to race from home. Haslam should be able to dial the bike in and move up from his current P10. ToselandÔÇÖs stamina after the injury layoff will determine his race weekend.
Good start to what could be a great weekend for the Enigma Cavalry.
[size=4] [b]Formula 1[/b] [/size]
Racing Trucks v Sports cars.
Alonso topped a wet first practice session in F1. FridayÔÇÖs second session is going on now. Rain in Turkey put Vettel into the turn 8 wall and others off the track. Speculation is a wet weekend could bring the race to the Ferrari F150s that are dealing with the wet conditions far better than the fragile F1 cars of Red Bull and McLaren.
I will bring you updates on both latter in the day.
Off to work now. :bolt
Friday, 6 May: SBK and F1 update
[size=5][B]HASLAM TAKE FRIDAY’S PROVISIONAL POLE AT MONZA!!![/B][/size]
Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) put in a superhuman effort on his last flying lap around Monza to take the provisional pole slot away from Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) at the end of Q1 with a time of 1 minute 42.934 seconds. The gap between the two was just 0.019 seconds in favour of Haslam, but Biaggi was able to set a a new record top speed of 332.5 km/h down the long Monza straights.
Third fastest time went to Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) who got the better of an impressive Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team), the 2010 Superstock 1000 champion entirely in tune with the Monza track. Jonathan Rea followed up his morning form with fifth slot for Castrol Honda, while Noriyuki Haga did a good job for the PATA Racing Team Aprilia to get in front of Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team).
Championship leader Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) for the moment is still off the pace of the frontrunners and is languishing down in 14th place for the moment.
[B]1 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'42.934 18 202,044 324,7[/B]
2 1 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'42.953 0.019 0.019 25 202,007 332,5
3 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.265
0.331 0.312 24 201,396 326,9
[B]4 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 1'43.276 0.342 0.011 19 201,375 325,8[/B]
5 4 J. REA GBR Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.321 0.387 0.045 18 201,287 323,6
6 41 N. HAGA JPN PATA Racing Team Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.531 0.597 0.210 20 200,879 323,6
7 33 M. MELANDRI ITA Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.588 0.654 0.057 22 200,768 326,9
[B]8 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'43.640 0.706 0.052 22 200,668 325,8[/B]
9 121 M. BERGER FRA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'43.679 0.745 0.039 21 200,592 314,2
10 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.730 0.796 0.051 8 200,494 326,9
11 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.762 0.828 0.032 23 200,432 319,4
12 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'43.850 0.916 0.088 23 200,262 325,8
13 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'43.861 0.927 0.011 20 200,241 316,3
14 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'44.071 1.137 0.210 23 199,837 319,4
15 17 J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'44.095 1.161 0.024 25 199,791 323,6
16 111 R. XAUS ESP Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.232 1.298 0.137 18 199,528 318,3
17 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'44.401 1.467 0.169 17 199,205 317,3
18 44 R. ROLFO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'44.922 1.988 0.521 21 198,216 311,2
[B]19 52 J. TOSELAND GBR BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 1'44.989 2.055 0.067 14 198,089 324,7[/B]
20 8 M. AITCHISON AUS Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'45.356 2.422 0.367 25 197,399 311,2
21 32 F. LAI ITA Echo Sport Racing Company Honda CBR1000RR 1'46.964 4.030 1.608 18 194,432 311,2
Category: World Superbike (WSBK)
Friday, 06 May 2011.
Weather conditions: Sunny, with scattered clouds in the afternoon.
Temperature: Air: 24 – 26 ??C, Track: 38 – 44 ??C
Number of riders participating: 22 from 13 teams
Fastest lap Free Practice: Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) 1:43.712 min
Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1:42.934 min
Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport holds provisional pole position for the fourth round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship at Monza (ITA). Works rider, Leon Haslam (GBR), set the fastest lap time in the first Qualifying Session, after being on top for most of the time. His team-mate, Troy Corser (AUS), qualified for the second row, finishing eighth, while he was second quickest in the morning.
The BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team also had a good start to this weekend, which marks their first home round of the FIM Superbike World Championship. Italian rider Ayrton Badovini provisionally put his BMW S 1000 RR on the first row, occupying fourth after the first Qualifying Session.
Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:44.303 min (P10)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 1:42.934 min (P1)
“It was a very good day, and, of course, you are always happy when you are on top. I feel we have made a big step forward from Assen. Obviously we were always looking forward to Monza as Troy had a good result here last year. The biggest thing I am happy with is that I feel overall we have made a step forward with the bike with the way it is working. Now I am looking forward to tomorrow. We have a few areas where we need to progress, but we are a lot more consistent and I am really happy.”
Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:43.765 min (P2)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice: 1:43.640 min (P8)
“I am not completely satisfied with today’s result. Although I am provisionally on the second row of the grid, I have the feeling the bike does not a hundred percent do what I want it to. Engine braking is still a little bit of an issue. This morning’s Free Practice session was pretty good, but the track temperature was a lot higher in the afternoon session. This affected the tyre and the way the bike works. We now have to analyse the data. Still, I am optimistic for tomorrow’s second Qualifying Session and Superpole Qualifying.”
[B]Rainer B?ñumel[/B] (Head of Race Operations):
“Today was even better than expected. We brought some new improvements, especially with regard to the mapping where we made quite a few changes. To be honest, I expected it to take longer to set up the bike for these improvements. Therefore I am very happy it works so well straight away. With Leon we obviously found the right direction. With Troy in the end we may have chosen a wrong set-up direction, so that is the reason he was not at the very front.