Silverstone MotoGP: Stoner Tops Friday FP

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2012 MotoGP Friday Practice Results

As expected, the 20-rider grid (minus a rider) woke up to rain Friday at Silverstone for the first free practice of the British Grand Prix.

And the man who always impresses during wet conditions, Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, led the first practice with a best lap of 2:19.328. The nine-time World Champion was followed 0.077 of a second back by teammate Nicky Hayden.

But following FP1, the 3.666-mile Silverstone circuit began to dry, just ahead of the second and final practice of Friday – FP2. And once the riders got onto the track, it was a very familiar name up front – Casey Stoner.

The Repsol Honda rider, who finished seventh quickest in FP1, would post a 2:04.791 towards the end of the second free practice when the track was drying out.

But not far behind the reigning MotoGP Champion was a man who struggled up to this weekend’s sixth round at Silverstone – Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies. The Texan, who crashed during the wet FP1, trailed Stoner by only 0.037 of a second.

Another rider who crashed during the wet morning session was San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista. But like Spies, the Spaniard recovered well, and was able to post the third-quickest time of 2:04.995 aboard the satellite Honda RC213V, the time 0.204 of a second slower than Stoner.

Hayden would finish fourth, followed by LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl, who was 0.6 of a second behind Stoner. Taking the fifth-seventh spots were three Yamaha YZR-M1 prototypes – Monster Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso, who finished third at Catalunya two weeks ago, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, who won at Catalunya, and home-favorite Cal Crutchlow, respectively.

Crutchlow was 0.783 of a second behind Stoner, and was the last rider to post within a second of the leader.

Stoner’s teammate Dani Pedrosa finished ninth fastest, 1.095 seconds behind. Pramac Racing Ducati’s Hector Barbera took the 10th fastest time, and Rossi the 11th; Rossi was the last prototype to finish due to the absence of Cardion AB Racing Ducati’s Karel Abraham, who was declared unfit to race this weekend due to hand injuries sustained while testing.

Taking the top CRT time was Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet; the Frenchman posted a 2:07.893, 3.102 of a second behind Stoner.

The riders will return to the Silverstone circuit Saturday morning for the third and final free practice session ahead of qualifying for Sunday’s British Grand Prix.

2012 Silverstone MotoGP: Free Practice One Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 300.1 2’19.328
2. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 299.9 2’19.405 0.077 / 0.077
3. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 304.2 2’20.127 0.799 / 0.722
4. 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 303.6 2’20.321 0.993 / 0.194
5. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 298.4 2’21.263 1.935 / 0.942
6. 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 291.7 2’21.917 2.589 / 0.654
7. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 298.1 2’22.713 3.385 / 0.796
8. 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 293.9 2’23.174 3.846 / 0.461
9. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 299.3 2’23.326 3.998 / 0.152
10. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 296.5 2’24.150 4.822 / 0.824
11. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 297.4 2’24.214 4.886 / 0.064
12. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 278.9 2’24.360 5.032 / 0.146
13. 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 281.8 2’24.390 5.062 / 0.030
14. 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 273.8 2’25.012 5.684 / 0.622
15. 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 280.7 2’25.051 5.723 / 0.039
16. 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 281.2 2’25.065 5.737 / 0.014
17. 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 267.7 2’25.150 5.822 / 0.085
18. 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 282.3 2’25.298 5.970 / 0.148
19. 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 269.4 2’28.615 9.287 / 3.317
5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 266.5 2’31.468 12.140 / 2.853
17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati

2012 Silverstone MotoGP: Free Practice Two Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 309.8 2’04.791
2. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 308.8 2’04.825 0.034 / 0.034
3. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 308.9 2’04.995 0.204 / 0.170
4. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 305.4 2’05.353 0.562 / 0.358
5. 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 312.4 2’05.391 0.600 / 0.038
6. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 311.8 2’05.448 0.657 / 0.057
7. 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 307.7 2’05.488 0.697 / 0.040
8. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 308.2 2’05.574 0.783 / 0.086
9. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 309.1 2’05.886 1.095 / 0.312
10. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 311.8 2’06.084 1.293 / 0.198
11. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 310.5 2’07.125 2.334 / 1.041
12. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 290.7 2’07.893 3.102 / 0.768
13. 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 287.9 2’08.535 3.744 / 0.642
14. 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 286.6 2’08.975 4.184 / 0.440
15. 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 288.2 2’09.078 4.287 / 0.103
16. 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 287.6 2’09.379 4.588 / 0.301
17. 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 289.5 2’09.944 5.153 / 0.565
18. 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 274.5 2’11.325 6.534 / 1.381
19. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 284.4 2’11.600 6.809 / 0.275
20. 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 285.6 2’12.737 7.946 / 1.137
17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati