2012 Mugello MotoGP | Results

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2012 MotoGP Championship

Spoiler Alert: 2012 MotoGP Championship results from Mugello, Italy, listed below

The 2012 MotoGP Championship wrapped up its third consecutive week of racing Sunday at Mugello, Italy.

And for the fifth time this season, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo was first to take the checkered flag on his YZR-M1. Joining Lorenzo on the podium at the 3.259-mile circuit containing 15 turns was Respol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Andrea Dovizioso.

Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “From the beginning I felt great on this track, the asphalt was completely different to Sachsenring which was a nightmare for us. From the first practice here I felt very strong, very good on the bike and a fast constant pace.

“It was a pity that we had the problem in the last lap of qualifying but the important thing was the race. Today I was hammering a lot to open a gap at the beginning of the race as I thought my competitors would have problems on cold tires. Unfortunately I couldn’t do it immediately. Only hammering every lap and going faster and faster from 1’48.1 then into the 47s could I open a bit to Pedrosa then little by little it got better and I could start to breathe. It’s been a great win for the whole team’s efforts and for Yamaha who have given me such a good bike.”

Pedrosa got his usual great start, getting out front of the 20-rider field (minus Cardion AB Racing Ducati’s Karel Abraham, injury) first. But within a few second, Lorenzo, who started from the pole, took over the lead, and immediately began pulling away for Pedrosa.

Dovizioso then got pass Pedrosa, as Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden began battling with LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl. The reigning MotoGP Champion, Casey Stoner, didn’t get a great start aboard the Repsol Honda RC213V, but began pushing ahead, eventually passing Pramac Racing Ducati’s Hector Barbera for sixth. Meanwhile behind, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Michele Pirro was black flagged due to a cutting the track as he was heading back into pit lane with a technical issue.

By the second lap, Pedrosa found himself in an intense battle with Dovi. Behind, Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, who started the race from the 10th position, found himself in seventh, pleasing his home crowd as he battled with Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow.

With 15 laps to go, Stoner’s special-compound Bridgestone tres had come up to temperature, and the Australian managed to push his way past Hayden into fifth. A lap later Bradl put in a brave move on Dovizioso in turn one to slot into third. This was followed up by big drama as Stoner ran off track into the gravel, managing to keep the bike upright and re-joining in tenth.

Meanwhile behind, Avintia Blusens’ Yonny Hernandez crashed out of 18th place, but managed to walk away unhurt. NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards also had his race cut short as he retired with a mechanical issue.

With eight laps remaining the grid had spread out, yet Crutchlow was still dicing with Rossi. A lap later Stoner had caught up to the back of San Carlo’s Álvaro Bautista, and put in an aggressive move, pushing the Spaniard wide and moving up into ninth.

The final three laps promised further excitement as Dovizioso went past Bradl on the brakes into third, while Hayden, and the pursuing duo of Rossi and Crutchlow closed in on the podium battle. In the final lap Hayden made his way past Bradl, who fought back with a hard move, which pushed the American wide. This let Rossi through into fifth, with Crutchlow also taking advantage to nip into sixth.

Yet ultimately it was Lorenzo who took the checkered flag for his second successive victory, 5.223 seconds ahead of Pedrosa and Dovizioso, who recoded his fourth podium of the season. Bradl was however one of the happiest riders, as he recorded his best ever finish in the premier class.

Fifth went to Rossi, his best dry finish on the Ducati GP12, the Italian followed by Crutchlow, Hayden, Stoner, Barberá, Bautista and Yamaha’s Ben Spies, who was suffering from food poisoning. Top CRT spot went to De Puniet in 12th.

With his win, Lorenzo now has 185 points, 19 clear of Pedrosa in second. In third with 148 points is Stoner.

The 2012 MotoGP Championship now takes a week break before heading to the United States for the Red Bull Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, Calif.

2012 Mugello MotoGP Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1. 25 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 173.9 41’37.477
2. 20 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 173.5 +5.223
3. 16 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 173.2 +10.665
4. 13 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 173.1 +10.711
5. 11 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 173.1 +11.695
6. 10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 173.1 +12.060
7. 9 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 173.0 +12.235
8. 8 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 171.8 +30.617
9. 7 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 171.7 +31.728
10. 6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 171.5 +34.589
11. 5 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 170.0 +57.862
12. 4 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 169.8 +59.963
13. 3 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 169.1 +1’11.200
14. 2 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 169.1 +1’11.458
15. 1 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 169.0 +1’11.828
16. 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 164.7 1 Lap
Not Classified
5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 160.4 13 Laps
68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 167.9 14 Laps
9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 164.4 20 Laps
51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 0 Lap

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

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1. Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 185
2. Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 166
3. Casey STONER Honda AUS 148
4. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Yamaha ITA 108
5. Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 95
6. Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 82
7. Stefan BRADL Honda GER 75
8. Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 74
9. Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 73
10. Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 66
11. Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 60
12. Randy DE PUNIET ART FRA 28
14. Michele PIRRO FTR ITA 16
15. Mattia PASINI ART ITA 13
16. James ELLISON ART GBR 12
17. Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda ITA 9
18. Colin EDWARDS Suter USA 8
20. Ivan SILVA BQR SPA 5
21. Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 4