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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda307.61’56.858
2.99Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha301.81’56.9110.053 / 0.053
3.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha302.91’57.0550.197 / 0.144
4.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha300.61’57.2150.357 / 0.160
5.6Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda304.11’57.2500.392 / 0.035
6.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati302.11’57.3150.457 / 0.065
7.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda304.31’57.5730.715 / 0.258
8.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha300.21’57.7900.932 / 0.217
9.41Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART287.21’59.1852.327 / 1.395
10.24Toni ELIASSPAPramac Racing TeamDucati305.81’59.2282.370 / 0.043
11.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati304.81’59.2512.393 / 0.023
12.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART286.61’59.4982.640 / 0.247
13.51Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR285.01’59.8332.975 / 0.335
14.68Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAvintia BlusensBQR283.21’59.8863.028 / 0.053
15.54Mattia PASINIITASpeed MasterART285.62’00.2583.400 / 0.372
16.5Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter286.92’00.2963.438 / 0.038
17.22Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR283.32’00.7733.915 / 0.477
18.77James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART284.22’01.1374.279 / 0.364
19.9Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda270.52’01.6254.767 / 0.488