SA bike crashes: Grim figures revealed

Since January 2015, ER24 has attended to more than 1000 collisions involving motorbikes in South Africa.

SA's team 'Kortpad' rides for Joost

Four SA bikers will ride from Cape Agulhas to Cairo in an epic adventure to raise funds and awareness for motor neuron disease.

Spanish salute to Simoncelli

2011-11-05 08:28

SALUTE TO MARCO: A giant image of the late Marco Simoncelli, his bike and his helmet is on display at the Ricardo Tormo track for the 2011 Valencia MotoGP. Image: AFP

VALENCIA, Spain - Australia's freshly crowned motorcycle World champion Casey Stoner topped the time sheets from the first two free practice sessions on Friday ahead of Sunday's season-closing Valencia MotoGP.

The Honda rider set an early benchmark with a 1min45.513. Team mate Dani Pedrosa was 0.223sec slower and multiple former champion Valentino Rossi's Ducati was third at +0.315sec.


In Moto2, Germany's Stefan Bradl is poised to take the 2011 title as Spaniard Marc Marquez, the only rider close enough in the standings to deny him the championship, is likely to miss the race.

Marquez has had vision problems since falling during testing for the 2011 Malaysia GP in October and sat out Friday's rain-hit practice.

Sunday's race will be run in the shadow of Italian former Moto2 champion Marco Simoncelli's death a fortnight earlier in Sepang.

First practice times
1 Casey Stoner (AUS/Honda) 1min45.513
2 Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) +0.223
3 Valentino Rossi (ITA/Ducati) +0.315
4 Nicky Hayden (USA/Ducati) +0.560
5 Loris Capirossi (ITA/Ducati) +0.595
6 Ben Spies (USA/Yamaha) +0.746
7 Randy de Puniet (FRA/Ducati) +0.858
8 Toni Elias (ESP/Honda) +0.880
9 Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Honda) +0.889
10 Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Yamaha) +1.068

1 Stefan Bradl (GER/Kalex) 1min41.777
2 Randy Krummenacher (SUI/Kalex) +0.329
3 Alex De Angelis (RSM/Motobi) +0.911
4 Mattia Pasini (ITA/FTR) +1.164
5 Dominique Aegerter (SUI/Suter) +1.261

1 Sandro Cortese (All/Aprilia) 1min56.928
2 Johann Zarco (Fra/Derbi) +0.002sec
3 Adrian Martin (ESP/Aprilia) +0.424
4 Efren Vazquez (ESP/Derbi) +0.887
5 Marcel Schrotter (All/Mahindra) +1.407



Inside Wheels24

Most Read

Bike test: Ducati Monster 1200S

'Great fun and extremely accomplished,' writes Wheels24's bike guru DRIES VAN DER WALT after riding Ducati's Monster 1200S. GALLERY

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.