Catalunya MotoGP | Stoner Tops FP1

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2012 Catalunya MotoGP

Casey Stoner, who finished on the podium in the first four rounds of the 2012 MotoGP Championship, including two wins (Jerez, Estoril), began round five in dominate form Friday.

The Repsol Honda, who dominated the race in 2011 en route to his second MotoGP title, piloted his RC213V to a 1:42.775 in the first of three free practices.

Only a tenth of a second behind was his teammate, Dani Pedrosa, making for two Hondas up front. But lurking 0.233 of a second back in third was round-four Le Mans race winner Jorge Lorenzo aboard the Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1.

Two more Yamaha’s followed Lorenzo during FP1 – Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow, who is now running the same spec brakes as teammate Andrea Dovizioso, and Lorenzo’s teammate Ben Spies.

Spies will be looking for a solid weekend, after much discussion about his below-par form this season. In sixth place, LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl continues to impress with his satellite machine, as he was just over four tenths off the top, despite a small crash early in the session.

Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden was the fastest of the Ducatis as he finished within the same hundredth as Bradl. Cardion AB Racing’s Karel Abraham looked to have regained some confidence after coming in just behind Hayden in eighth. Crutchlow’s teammate Dovizioso was ninth quickest, with San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista rounding out the top ten. Ducati’s Valentino Rossi finished in 11th.

Apart from Bradl’s crash, there were only minor incidents in the session, as Bautista’s teammate Michele Pirro and Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy De Puniet ran off track briefly, while Avintia Blusens’ Yonny Hernandez had to switch bikes after a mechanical issue.

2012 Catalunya MotoGP: Free Practice 1 Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 335.3 1’42.775
2. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 335.1 1’42.875 0.100 / 0.100
3. 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 332.9 1’43.008 0.233 / 0.133
4. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 333.2 1’43.182 0.407 / 0.174
5. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 334.2 1’43.191 0.416 / 0.009
6. 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 334.9 1’43.245 0.470 / 0.054
7. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 335.1 1’43.246 0.471 / 0.001
8. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 331.8 1’43.315 0.540 / 0.069
9. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 335.4 1’43.371 0.596 / 0.056
10. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 333.4 1’43.493 0.718 / 0.122
11. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 337.2 1’43.537 0.762 / 0.044
12. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 329.1 1’43.624 0.849 / 0.087
13. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 318.7 1’44.915 2.140 / 1.291
14. 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 313.9 1’45.281 2.506 / 0.366
15. 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 313.0 1’45.939 3.164 / 0.658
16. 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 315.4 1’46.234 3.459 / 0.295
17. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 308.9 1’46.748 3.973 / 0.514
18. 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 316.4 1’46.848 4.073 / 0.100
19. 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 312.3 1’46.908 4.133 / 0.060
20. 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 299.7 1’47.149 4.374 / 0.241
21. 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 313.8 1’47.181 4.406 / 0.032