2012 Catalunya MotoGP | Results


2012-catalunya-motogp-results 12012 MotoGP

Spoiler Alert: 2012 MotoGP results from Catalunya, Spain, listed below

Heading into round five of the 2012 MotoGP Championship at Catalunya, Spain, only two former World Champions were victorious – Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) and Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing).

Lorenzo won the opening round at Qatar, then Stoner took back-to-back victories at Jerez and Estoril. But Lorenzo returned to the top at Le Mans two weeks ago, hungry for his second title in the premier class.

And although the reigning champion had some struggles during the free practices, mostly due to tire choices, Stoner was in top form at qualifying, taking his second pole of the year as he chased his 20th-straight podium.

But Stoner would just miss the podium; when the 25-lap race at the 2.937-mile circuit containing 13 turns got underway, Stoner got shuffled back to fourth, where he would eventually finish.

And although Pedrosa looked strong at his home circuit to possible take his first win of 2012, a few mistakes allowed his fellow compatriot to secure his third win this season – Lorenzo. Pedrosa would finish second, with a hard-fought third going to Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Andrea Dovizioso.

When the race got underway, Pedrosa got his usual fantastic start, launching the Honda RC213V from fifth on the grid to first. Behind, the American who has been struggling this year, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies, also got a great start, going from fourth on the grid to second.

In tow behind Spies were Lorenzo, Stoner and Dovizioso. But by mid lap, Dovi passed Stoner to take fourth.

Behind, Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, who gave Ducati its best-ever finish at Le Mans (second), was into eighth after a ninth-place start, and a lap later would pass teammate Nicky Hayden for seventh. On that same lap (2), Stoner would lose yet another position after getting passed by Dovi’s teammate Cal Crutchlow.

Up front, Spies was putting much pressure on Pedrosa. And on the third lap, Spies made a pass stick on Pedrosa, but heading into turn four Spies ran wide. He tried saving the YZR-M1, but couldn’t keep the edge of the Bridgestones on the tarmac. Spies hit the gravel trap and crashed, ruining what would have likely been his best finish this season, if not his first win. Spies would rejoin the grid behind the CRT bikes, but battle his way to a 10th-place finish.

This left Pedrosa and Lorenzo up front, the two Spaniards starting a race-long battle. Behind, the usual battle ensued between Dovi and Crutchlow, the satellite Yamaha boys followed by Stoner, LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista and Rossi.

With 20 to go, the Spaniard Bautista took Bradl for sixth, but it was the battle up front that had the crowd going wild. After stalking Pedrosa closely, Lorenzo made a daring pass on turn 16 with 19 to go, throttling into the lead. Behind, Rossi passed Bradl for seventh, the position the nine-time World Champion would finish.

Pedrosa was struggling to remain with Lorenzo for a few laps, but with 14 to go, Pedrosa retook the lead at the end of the straight. A lap later, Lorenzo ran wide on turn one, losing some time. But Lorenzo would quickly make up some time, and with six to go the 2010 MotoGP Champion passed Pedrosa on the exit of turn 10, securing his third win of the season.

Lorenzo would immediately open a gap, and finish 5.003 second ahead of Pedrosa. Dovizioso would hold of a late-charging Stoner for third, with Crutchlow finishing fifth. Bautista would take sixth, followed by Rossi, Bradl, Hayden and Spies. Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro would take the top CRT honors, the Aprilia-powered bike finishing 13th.

With his win, Lorenzo now has 115 points after five of 18 rounds, 20 ahead of Stoner. In third with 85 points is Pedrosa.

The 2012 MotoGP Championship now breaks for two weeks before resuming at Silverstone in Great Britain June 15-17.

2012 Catalunya MotoGP Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1. 25 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 164.4 43’07.681
2. 20 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 164.1 +5.003
3. 16 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 163.8 +9.361
4. 13 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 163.8 +9.544
5. 11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 163.6 +12.506
6. 10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 163.5 +13.948
7. 9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 163.3 +17.555
8. 8 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 162.9 +23.478
9. 7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 162.5 +30.410
10. 6 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 162.3 +32.897
11. 5 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 162.1 +36.144
12. 4 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 160.9 +56.229
13. 3 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 160.2 +1’08.054
14. 2 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 160.1 +1’08.775
15. 1 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 160.0 +1’10.483
16. 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 159.9 +1’13.090
17. 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 159.4 +1’20.903
18. 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 159.4 +1’21.235
19. 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 158.2 +1’41.207
20. 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 158.2 +1’41.888
5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 151.5 1 Lap

2012 MotoGP Championship Point Standings (after five of 18 rounds):

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1. Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 115
2. Casey STONER Honda AUS 95
3. Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 85
4. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Yamaha ITA 60
5. Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 56
6. Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 51
7. Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 45
8. Stefan BRADL Honda GER 43
9. Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 40
10. Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 31
11. Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 24
14. Mattia PASINI ART ITA 6
15. Michele PIRRO FTR ITA 6
17. Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 4
18. Colin EDWARDS Suter USA 4
19. Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda ITA 4
21. Ivan SILVA BQR SPA 1