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2012 Czech Republic Grand Prix Free Practice 1 Results

The 2012 bwin Czech Republic Grand Prix got underway Friday with the first free practice at the famed 3.357-mile Brno circuit featuring 14 corners.

The on-track action began only four days following the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, which sidelined two of MotoGP’s top riders – Respol Honda’s Casey Stoner, who fractured his right ankle at qualifying and will miss Brno due to surgery, and Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, who continues to recover from a hand injury sustained during Indy qualifying.

And when the shortened 19-rider grid got its first 45-minute practice session in Friday morning, it was Indy’s winner who took the top time – Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa. The Spaniard posted a 1:57.003, which was 0.149 of a second ahead of the man who finished second at Indy last weekend – Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo.

In third was yet another podium finisher at Indy, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian, who has signed with Ducati for 2013/2014, taking the vacancy left by Valentino Rossi, was 0.186 of a second behind Pedrosa. And with the reigning champ Stoner out, Dovi has yet another shot at a podium finish.

Dovi’s teammate Cal Crutchlow was fourth fastest, 0.415 behind Pedrosa, and over two tenths of a second behind the leading group. The Brit finished just ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies, who suffered a DNF at Indy due to mechanical failure, an issue that has plagued the Texan this season.

The final rider to post within a second of Pedrosa was San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista; the Spaniard was 0.498 of a second behind his fellow countryman.

Next up was Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, who reported last week that he will rejoin the Yamaha Factory Racing team for 2013/2014 MotoGP. Rossi was 1.186 of a second off the top time, and finished 0.174 of a second ahead of LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl.

Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet was the highest placed CRT in ninth, followed by Avintia Blusens’ Yonny Hernandez in tenth, despite the Colombian crashing out of the session with 12 minutes to go.

There was also a crash early on for Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci, with the Italian fortunately walking away unscathed. The session was red-flagged briefly half way through, as loose debris was cleared from the final turn. Pedrosa’s foot was hit by some debris kicked up by Rossi’s bike early in the session, causing the Spaniard to limp slightly as he returned to the pits, MotoGP reports.

The grid will be back on the track for the second free practice, which is the final Friday sessions ahead of Saturdays free practice 3 and qualifying.

2012 Brno Free Practice 1 Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda308.01’57.003
2.99Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha303.61’57.1490.146 / 0.146
3.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha304.11’57.1890.186 / 0.040
4.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha301.01’57.4180.415 / 0.229
5.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha302.31’57.4460.443 / 0.028
6.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda305.11’57.5010.498 / 0.055
7.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati301.81’58.1711.168 / 0.670
8.6Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda304.41’58.3451.342 / 0.174
9.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART290.21’58.6671.664 / 0.322
10.68Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAvintia BlusensBQR286.11’59.2562.253 / 0.589
11.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati305.01’59.2562.253
12.41Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART284.11’59.5042.501 / 0.248
13.24Toni ELIASSPAPramac Racing TeamDucati305.91’59.8812.878 / 0.377
14.54Mattia PASINIITASpeed MasterART288.52’00.2063.203 / 0.325
15.5Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter289.52’00.5313.528 / 0.325
16.51Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR286.92’00.7153.712 / 0.184
17.22Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR283.02’01.3024.299 / 0.587
18.77James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART285.82’02.1715.168 / 0.869
19.9Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda270.22’02.2445.241 / 0.073