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Brno MotoGP: Pedrosa Fastest on Friday

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2012 Brno MotoGP Free Practice 2 Results

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa continued to set the pace Friday at Brno following another top performance during the second free practice session.

The Spaniard, who won last week’s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, posted a 1:56.856 in FP2, was over a tenth quicker than his FP1 time. Pedrosa set the quickest lap time on his 17th lap in the 45-minute session lacking teammate Casey Stoner and Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, who are both out injured from accidents at last week’s Indy practice.

The top four were a repeat of the first free practice, with Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo second fastest, followed by the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow.

Lorenzo, who suffered a mid-session crash, trailed Pedrosa by 0.053 of a second. Dovizioso was 0.197 of second behind with Pedrosa, with Crutchlow finishing 0.357 of a second behind, matching his morning performance.

LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl set the fifth quickest time of the day, with the German even setting the fastest time in the first sector of the track. Sixth place was occupied by Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, who had one of his best outings all season, finishing less than half a second off Pedrosa’s Honda.

San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista went seventh fastest, yet crashed out of the afternoon session with three minutes left after pushing for a faster lap. In eighth, Yamaha’s Ben Spies suffered a similar fate to Bautista, also crashing early on. He was however able to get back out on his second bike for the second half of practice.

Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaró set the ninth fastest time of the day and finished as top CRT bike, yet also dropped his bike in the gravel with only two minutes left in the session. Pramac Racing Team’s Toni Elías completed the top ten. Avintia Blusens’ Yonny Hernandez caused the red flag to come out briefly for air-bag fence rapiers, after crashing his bike for the second time in the day. None of the crashers were hurt in the incidents.

The 19-rider grid will return to Brno Saturday morning for the third and final free practice session then qualifying ahead of Sunday’s Czech Grand Prix.

2012 Brno Free Practice 2 Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 307.6 1’56.858
2. 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 301.8 1’56.911 0.053 / 0.053
3. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 302.9 1’57.055 0.197 / 0.144
4. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 300.6 1’57.215 0.357 / 0.160
5. 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 304.1 1’57.250 0.392 / 0.035
6. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 302.1 1’57.315 0.457 / 0.065
7. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 304.3 1’57.573 0.715 / 0.258
8. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 300.2 1’57.790 0.932 / 0.217
9. 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 287.2 1’59.185 2.327 / 1.395
10. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 305.8 1’59.228 2.370 / 0.043
11. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 304.8 1’59.251 2.393 / 0.023
12. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 286.6 1’59.498 2.640 / 0.247
13. 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 285.0 1’59.833 2.975 / 0.335
14. 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 283.2 1’59.886 3.028 / 0.053
15. 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 285.6 2’00.258 3.400 / 0.372
16. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 286.9 2’00.296 3.438 / 0.038
17. 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 283.3 2’00.773 3.915 / 0.477
18. 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 284.2 2’01.137 4.279 / 0.364
19. 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 270.5 2’01.625 4.767 / 0.488
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