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.||25||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||166.2||42’10.444|
|2.||20||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||165.7||+6.472|
|3.||16||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||165.4||+11.047|
|4.||13||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||165.4||+11.184|
|5.||11||11||Ben SPIES||USA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||165.3||+13.786|
|6.||10||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||164.3||+28.166|
|7.||9||56||Jonathan REA||GBR||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||164.1||+32.290|
|8.||8||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||163.3||+44.432|
|9.||7||17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Cardion AB Motoracing||Ducati||162.5||+57.417|
|10.||6||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||162.4||+58.525|
|11.||5||14||Randy DE PUNIET||FRA||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||162.3||+59.863|
|12.||4||8||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||161.4||+1’14.561|
|13.||3||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||COL||Avintia Blusens||BQR||161.3||+1’16.159|
|14.||2||77||James ELLISON||GBR||Paul Bird Motorsport||ART||161.3||+1’16.580|
|15.||1||51||Michele PIRRO||ITA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||FTR||160.7||+1’25.815|
|16.||54||Mattia PASINI||ITA||Speed Master||ART||160.3||+1’31.801|
|17.||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ITA||Came IodaRacing Project||Ioda-Suter||159.7||+1’42.300|
|18.||5||Colin EDWARDS||USA||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||Suter||156.3||1 Lap|
|6||Stefan BRADL||GER||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||164.8||19 Laps|
|44||David SALOM||SPA||Avintia Blusens||BQR||150.5||20 Laps|
|69||Nicky HAYDEN||USA||Ducati Team||Ducati||158.6||22 Laps|
2012 MotoGP Championship Points (after 14 of 18 rounds):
|12.||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||FRA||53|