Valencia MotoGP: CRTs Dominate 2nd Practice

2012 Valencia MotoGP Free Practice 2 Results

When practice began Friday Morning for Valencia MotoGP, the first session was plagued by wet conditions.

Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden came out on top in FP1, but didn’t lead the time sheets in free practice two Friday afternoon.

During FP2, which was also held under wet conditions, Hayden finished third as the top MotoGP bike, behind San Carlo Honda Gresini CRT’s Michele Pirro and the leader, Power Electronics Aspar CRT’s Randy de Puniet.

When FP2 wrapped up, the top 11 positions would be filled with CRTs and three Ducati prototypes.

The Frenchman de Puniet posted a 1:36.965, showing the competitiveness of the CRT machines in damp conditions. Although De Puniet was quickest, he had some mechanical issues three minutes from the end of the 45-minute FP2 session.

Pirro finished 0.119 of a second behind, with Hayden in third, 0.424 of a second behind. Although Cardion AB Racing Ducati’s Karel Abraham only put in seven laps aboard is satellite Ducati, he finished FP2 fourth quickest, 0.817 of a second behind de Puniet. Abraham was the final rider to post within a second of the leader.

Another Ducati followed, this one ridden by Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi. The nine-time World Champion fifth quickest, 1.150 seconds behind de Puniet. Rossi was the first prototype to run the Valencia circuit on slicks, though he took it easy due to the damp conditions.

Sixth fastest was another CRT – the Ioda Racing Project (Suter-BMW) piloted by Danilo Petrucci. Behind in seventh was Avintia Blusens Ivan Silva, who was followed by Speed Master’s Roberto Rolfo, Paul Bird Motorsport’s James Ellison and Avintia’s Hiroshi Aoyama.

Yamaha Factory Racing’s World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, as well as the Repsol Honda Team duo of Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner were among those not to complete a flying lap, with very little to be learned in such conditions, MotoGP says.

The riders will return to Valencia Saturday morning for the third and final free practice session ahead of qualifying.

2012 Valencia MotoGP Free Practice 2 Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART297.81’36.965
2.51Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR295.01’37.0840.119 / 0.119
3.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati306.81’37.3890.424 / 0.305
4.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati306.41’37.7820.817 / 0.393
5.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati312.21’38.1151.150 / 0.333
6.9Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter294.11’38.3001.335 / 0.185
7.22Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR292.31’38.3041.339 / 0.004
8.84Roberto ROLFOITASpeed MasterART293.91’38.9051.940 / 0.601
9.77James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART298.41’39.8372.872 / 0.932
10.73Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNAvintia BlusensBQR299.91’40.4973.532 / 0.660
11.71Claudio CORTIITAAvintia BlusensInmotec289.61’42.9936.028 / 2.496
35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha296.91’44.3847.419 / 1.391
19Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda304.11’44.5647.599 / 0.180
21Katsuyuki NAKASUGAJPNYamaha Factory RacingYamaha288.71’45.1808.215 / 0.616
41Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART287.51’45.4268.461 / 0.246
8Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati292.41’45.6788.713 / 0.252
5Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter241.12’06.87329.908 / 21.195
1Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda
4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha
6Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda
26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda
99Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha