Sachsenring MotoGP: Pedrosa Tops FP1

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2012 Germany Grand Prix Free Practice 1 Results

Round eight of the 2012 MotoGP Championship at Sachsenring, Germany, got underway Friday with the first of three free practice sessions.

And the man who finished on the podium in all but one round so far this season was the leader – Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa.

The Spaniard posted a 1:22.357, finishing just 0.087 of a second ahead of his teammate Casey Stoner. The factory RC213Vs were once again in dominate form in FP1, finishing almost three-tenths of a second ahead of a few Yamaha YZR-M1 machines.

In third was the man who is tied with Stoner heading into round eight at Sachsenring – Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo. The 2010 MotoGP Champion, who’s nursing a sore ankle from the controversial first-lap crash at Assen, finished 0.290 of a second behind Pedrosa.

Two satellite Yamahas followed; Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Andrea Dovizioso took fourth quickest, 0.565 of a second behind Pedrosa, followed by his teammate Cal Crutchlow, who nurses a fractured left ankle he injured at Silverstone.

The top Ducati time went to Pramac Racing’s Hector Barbera, 0.734 of a second behind Pedrosa, with Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden in seventh only a hundredth of a second behind Barbera. As for Hayden’s teammate, nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, he finished 11th quickest.

Rounding out the top 10 during the first free practice were San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista in eighth, followed by LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies.

MotoGP says Speed Master’s Mattia Pasini suffered an unusual crash in pit lane, as he fell awkwardly on his head avoiding a mechanic in pit-lane. He was declared fit at the track, but headed to the local hospital in Chemnitz for further checks. The only other crash in the session was De Puniet’s teammate Aleix Espargaró in turn 10, while Bautista’s teammate Michele Pirro, and Cardion AB Racing’s replacement rider Franco Battaini, both narrowly avoided falls as they took fast excursions into the gravel trap.

2012 Sachsenring MotoGP Free Practice 1 Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 288.6 1’22.357
2. 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 287.2 1’22.444 0.087 / 0.087
3. 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 284.7 1’22.647 0.290 / 0.203
4. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 286.5 1’22.922 0.565 / 0.275
5. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 285.0 1’23.081 0.724 / 0.159
6. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 285.6 1’23.091 0.734 / 0.010
7. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 283.6 1’23.092 0.735 / 0.001
8. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 287.0 1’23.203 0.846 / 0.111
9. 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 289.2 1’23.306 0.949 / 0.103
10. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 284.4 1’23.353 0.996 / 0.047
11. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 282.2 1’23.481 1.124 / 0.128
12. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 269.3 1’24.210 1.853 / 0.729
13. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 271.8 1’24.560 2.203 / 0.350
14. 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 270.7 1’24.659 2.302 / 0.099
15. 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 266.3 1’24.786 2.429 / 0.127
16. 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 268.1 1’24.855 2.498 / 0.069
17. 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 268.7 1’25.512 3.155 / 0.657
18. 2 Franco BATTAINI ITA Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 280.4 1’25.646 3.289 / 0.134
19. 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 263.2 1’25.839 3.482 / 0.193
20. 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 256.7 1’25.958 3.601 / 0.119
21. 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 269.1 1’26.183 3.826 / 0.225