Silverstone: Stoner Tops FP3, Crutchlow Injured

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2012 Silverstone MotoGP FP3 Results

The third and final free practice ahead of qualifying for the Hertz British Grand Prix was completed under cold but dry conditions Saturday morning at Silverstone.

And once again it was Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner who topped the session, just as he did in the second free practice Friday. Stoner, who won last year’s British Grand Prix, took advantage of the dry conditions from the start of FP3, finishing with a best lap time of 2:03.941.

Following by just over four tenths of a second behind was the Yamaha Factory duo of Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies. Fourth quickest at FP3 was yet another Yamaha rider, the Monster Tech 3 YZR-M1 piloted by Andrea Dovisioso. The Italian, who finished on the podium for the first time this season at Catalunya, finished 0.625 behind Stoner.

But Dovi’s teammate Cal Crutchlow once again had some bad luck at his home circuit. The Brit washed out the front of his satellite Yamaha at the quick turn 13, taking a hard fall. MotoGP says “a sharp pain in his left ankle was initially diagnosed as a sprain, yet with Crutchlow sighting significant discomfort and an increase in swelling, he will undergo further examination in hospital later today. As a result he will miss this afternoon’s Qualifying.”

Last year Crutchlow was forced to miss his home race due to breaking his left collarbone at Silverstone’s qualifying session.

In FP3, the next quickest Honda was the San Carlo Gresini Honda RC213V piloted by Alvaro Baustia, the Spaniard trailing Stoner by 0.945 of a second. Sixth quickest went to Stoner’s teammate Dani Pedrosa, who continues to struggle with grip from the new Bridgestone front tire.

The quickest Ducati was the Ducati Team GP12 ridden Nicky Hayden, who posted just ahead of Pramac Racing Ducati’s Hector Barbera in eighth. Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi continued to struggle with dry setup aboard the GP12, finishing ninth fastest, 2.607 off the top time. Rossi, who lead a wet first free practice, was followed by the top CRT bike – the Power Electronics Aspar ART machine piloted by Randy de Puniet.

Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden was once again the fastest of the Ducatis in seventh, ahead of Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá, who was the only rider in the top ten not to improve on yesterday’s time. Ninth place went to Hayden’s teammate Valentino Rossi, in front of Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet in tenth on his ART machine.

Also crashing during FP3 was LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, who wounded the fourth finger of his clutch hand. Missing from the grid was Cardion AB Ducati’s Karel Abraham, who was not declared not fit for this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

The riders will return to the Silverstone circuit later this afternoon for qualifying ahead of Sunday’s Silverstone MotoGP.

2012 Silverstone MotoGP Free Practice Three Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 313.1 2’03.941
2. 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 311.7 2’04.357 0.416 / 0.416
3. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 310.3 2’04.427 0.486 / 0.070
4. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 311.3 2’04.566 0.625 / 0.139
5. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 311.4 2’04.886 0.945 / 0.320
6. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 309.6 2’05.021 1.080 / 0.135
7. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 309.8 2’05.114 1.173 / 0.093
8. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 311.2 2’06.377 2.436 / 1.263
9. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 310.7 2’06.548 2.607 / 0.171
10. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 289.8 2’07.190 3.249 / 0.642
11. 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 288.4 2’07.359 3.418 / 0.169
12. 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 289.8 2’07.846 3.905 / 0.487
13. 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 291.9 2’08.564 4.623 / 0.718
14. 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 288.8 2’08.695 4.754 / 0.131
15. 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 290.5 2’09.275 5.334 / 0.580
16. 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 277.8 2’09.643 5.702 / 0.368
17. 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 287.2 2’10.048 6.107 / 0.405
18. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 288.2 2’11.935 7.994 / 1.887
6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda
17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati
35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha