2012 Motorland Aragon MotoGP | Results

2012 MotoGP Results

Spoiler Alert: 2012 MotoGP results from Motorland, Aragon, listed below

The 2012 MotoGP Championship headed to Spain once again this season for the Grand Prix of Aragon, the round held under clear conditions.

And for the fourth time this season, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was victorious, the Spaniard taking the win ahead of fellow countryman Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) and Andrea Dovizioso (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha).

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “It was good overall, especially after all of the problems at the last race. This weekend I had a crash and broke one bike, so it wasn’t easy for the mechanics, but I was calm and well-focused. I started well and was able to stay with him and keep the pace.

“I tried to maintain my rhythm and put some good laps in, so I was able to open up a good gap and the bike was working quite well. The bike was working well overall and especially in the corners. Thanks to all of the mechanics, my fans and my family – this victory is for them.”

The poleman Lorenzo got the holeshot ahead of Pedrosa, with Yamaha’s Ben Spies in tow. The first two laps were not good for the Ducati team, as Valentino Rossi touched the rear wheel of Repsol Honda’s Jonathan Rea, with the Italian forced to run off.

This was followed by a big crash form Nicky Hayden, who was violently thrown over the advertising boards in Turn 16, after failing to slow down on time. He received instant medical attention and was later declared ok by the medical centre, yet has been given a neck brace and will undergo more precautionary checks to rule out internal injuries.

Lap four saw Pedrosa close in on Lorenzo’s rear wheel, as Avintia Blusens’ David Salom had to retire from the race. Meanwhile LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl took Spies for third, yet crashed out a few turns later as he lost the front pushing too hard. This left the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo of Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso to hunt down the American for a spot on the podium. It took Pedrosa until lap seven to make his move on Lorenzo, taking the lead for the first time.

On lap nine Lorenzo had a big wobble giving Pedrosa a bigger gap at the front, as Rossi was making his way up through the pack. With 13 laps left, Crutchlow ran wide coming onto the home straight, letting Dovizioso into fourth. Six laps later Pedrosa had pulled out a gap of over four seconds at the front, as Dovizioso made his way past Spies, with Crutchlow probing the inside line of the American, but to no avail.

The Brit was however not to be deterred and got past with five laps to go, immediately setting his sights on his Italian teammate. At the same time an entertaining battle for 13th ensued between Paul Bird Motorsport’s James Ellison and Avintia’s Yonny Hernandez. A lap later Rossi’s day took another bad turn as he ran wide through the gravel, but retained eighth place.

The Tech 3 pair provided a thrilling last couple of laps fighting for the final podium spot, with the Brit desperately looking for a way past. In some hard passing where the two went fairing-to-fairing Crutchlow was altering his line in numerous corners to get past the Italian who was defending aggressively.

In the end it was Pedrosa who crossed the finish line first over six seconds ahead of second placed Lorenzo, with Dovizioso taking his sixth podium this year. Pedrosa has now cut the championship gap to Lorenzo to 33 points. Crutchlow came in a close fourth, with San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista, Rea, Rossi, and Cardion AB Racing’s Karel Abraham completing the top nine. Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaró came in tenth as top CRT in tenth.

2012 Aragon MotoGP Results:

1.2526Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda166.242’10.444
2.2099Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha165.7+6.472
3.164Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha165.4+11.047
4.1335Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha165.4+11.184
5.1111Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha165.3+13.786
6.1019Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda164.3+28.166
7.956Jonathan REAGBRRepsol Honda TeamHonda164.1+32.290
8.846Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati163.3+44.432
9.717Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati162.5+57.417
10.641Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART162.4+58.525
11.514Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART162.3+59.863
12.48Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati161.4+1’14.561
13.368Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAvintia BlusensBQR161.3+1’16.159
14.277James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART161.3+1’16.580
15.151Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR160.7+1’25.815
16.54Mattia PASINIITASpeed MasterART160.3+1’31.801
17.9Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter159.7+1’42.300
18.5Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter156.31 Lap
Not Classified
6Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda164.819 Laps
44David SALOMSPAAvintia BlusensBQR150.520 Laps
69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati158.622 Laps

2012 MotoGP Championship Points (after 14 of 18 rounds):

1.Jorge LORENZOYamahaSPA290
2.Dani PEDROSAHondaSPA257
3.Casey STONERHondaAUS186
4.Andrea DOVIZIOSOYamahaITA179
6.Valentino ROSSIDucatiITA128
7.Alvaro BAUTISTAHondaSPA128
8.Stefan BRADLHondaGER115
9.Nicky HAYDENDucatiUSA93
10.Ben SPIESYamahaUSA88
11.Hector BARBERADucatiSPA64
14.Karel ABRAHAMDucatiCZE32
16.Michele PIRROFTRITA25
17.Colin EDWARDSSuterUSA22
19.Jonathan REAHondaGBR17
21.Danilo PETRUCCIIoda-SuterITA11
23.Toni ELIASDucatiSPA10