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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.1Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda335.31’42.775
2.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda335.11’42.8750.100 / 0.100
3.99Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha332.91’43.0080.233 / 0.133
4.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha333.21’43.1820.407 / 0.174
5.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha334.21’43.1910.416 / 0.009
6.6Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda334.91’43.2450.470 / 0.054
7.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati335.11’43.2460.471 / 0.001
8.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati331.81’43.3150.540 / 0.069
9.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha335.41’43.3710.596 / 0.056
10.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda333.41’43.4930.718 / 0.122
11.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati337.21’43.5370.762 / 0.044
12.8Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati329.11’43.6240.849 / 0.087
13.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART318.71’44.9152.140 / 1.291
14.41Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART313.91’45.2812.506 / 0.366
15.51Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR313.01’45.9393.164 / 0.658
16.54Mattia PASINIITASpeed MasterART315.41’46.2343.459 / 0.295
17.5Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter308.91’46.7483.973 / 0.514
18.22Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR316.41’46.8484.073 / 0.100
19.77James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART312.31’46.9084.133 / 0.060
20.9Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda299.71’47.1494.374 / 0.241
21.68Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAvintia BlusensBQR313.81’47.1814.406 / 0.032