Indy MotoGP | Stoner Tops First Practice
2012 Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP
The 2012 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix got underway Friday with the first of two practices at the 2.62-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway featuring 16 corners.
And leading the first free practice at Indy, which landed on the MotoGP schedule in 2008, was the man who was victorious at the track last season – Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner.
The Australian, who will retire at the conclusion of the 2012 MotoGP Championship, was quickest at the damp track, posting a 1:41.925. The RC213 pilot who won the last round at Laguna Seca was 0.181 seconds quicker than his teammate Dani Pedrosa.
Two Americans followed – the home favorite Nicky Hayden, who was 0.547 of a second behind aboard the Ducati Team GP12, and Ben Spies, who was 0.611 of a second behind on the Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1. Spies was the final rider to post within a second of Stoner, the Texan followed by LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, who finished 1.102 behind.
As for the current MotoGP points leader, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, the Spaniard finished in an unusual eighth. The 2010 MotoGP Champ spent the final moments of FP1 in the garage, unhappy with the setup on his YZR-M1.
Following Bradl was the satellite San Carlo Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Baustista, who has been struggling with front-end grip. He was followed by Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow in seventh, who suffered a crash during the 45-minute session. The satellite Yamaha rider was unhurt, and able to finish FP1 on his second bike.
Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, who will be rejoining Yamaha in 2013, finished ninth aboard the Ducati GP12. In tenth was Pramac Racing Ducati’s Hector Barbera, who was riding just 27 days after breaking his left tibia and fibula. But Barbera suffered a heavy highside in the session, causing it to be red flag for a short while. He was taken straight to the medical center where he was sighting chest and back pain, in particular in his vertebrae, which he had previously damaged very badly in a crash in Japan in 2008. He has been taken to Indianapolis Methodist Hospital for further checks.
CTR wildcards, Attack Performance’s Steve Rapp and GPTech’s Aaron Yates, finished 20th and 23rd respectively.
Photos by Ara Ashjian
2012 Indy MotoGP Free Practice 1 Results:
|1.||1||Casey STONER||AUS||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||325.7||1’41.925|
|2.||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||326.8||1’42.106||0.181 / 0.181|
|3.||69||Nicky HAYDEN||USA||Ducati Team||Ducati||326.9||1’42.472||0.547 / 0.366|
|4.||11||Ben SPIES||USA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||325.9||1’42.536||0.611 / 0.064|
|5.||6||Stefan BRADL||GER||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||322.9||1’43.027||1.102 / 0.491|
|6.||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||326.1||1’43.195||1.270 / 0.168|
|7.||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||322.2||1’43.295||1.370 / 0.100|
|8.||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||326.0||1’43.312||1.387 / 0.017|
|9.||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||328.7||1’43.345||1.420 / 0.033|
|10.||8||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||280.5||1’43.736||1.811 / 0.391|
|11.||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||324.8||1’43.745||1.820 / 0.009|
|12.||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||COL||Avintia Blusens||BQR||304.7||1’44.328||2.403 / 0.583|
|13.||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||306.9||1’44.714||2.789 / 0.386|
|14.||17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Cardion AB Motoracing||Ducati||324.1||1’44.739||2.814 / 0.025|
|15.||54||Mattia PASINI||ITA||Speed Master||ART||309.4||1’44.913||2.988 / 0.174|
|16.||14||Randy DE PUNIET||FRA||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||311.6||1’46.298||4.373 / 1.385|
|17.||22||Ivan SILVA||SPA||Avintia Blusens||BQR||305.2||1’46.332||4.407 / 0.034|
|18.||51||Michele PIRRO||ITA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||FTR||306.0||1’46.480||4.555 / 0.148|
|19.||5||Colin EDWARDS||USA||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||Suter||306.6||1’46.520||4.595 / 0.040|
|20.||15||Steve RAPP||USA||Attack Performance||APR||286.5||1’46.619||4.694 / 0.099|
|21.||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ITA||Came IodaRacing Project||Ioda||287.5||1’46.941||5.016 / 0.322|
|22.||77||James ELLISON||GBR||Paul Bird Motorsport||ART||296.7||1’47.506||5.581 / 0.565|
|23.||20||Aaron YATES||USA||GPTech||BCL||1’48.054||6.129 / 0.548|