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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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 297.8 1’36.965
2. 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 295.0 1’37.084 0.119 / 0.119
3. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 306.8 1’37.389 0.424 / 0.305
4. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 306.4 1’37.782 0.817 / 0.393
5. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 312.2 1’38.115 1.150 / 0.333
6. 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 294.1 1’38.300 1.335 / 0.185
7. 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 292.3 1’38.304 1.339 / 0.004
8. 84 Roberto ROLFO ITA Speed Master ART 293.9 1’38.905 1.940 / 0.601
9. 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 298.4 1’39.837 2.872 / 0.932
10. 73 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens BQR 299.9 1’40.497 3.532 / 0.660
11. 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Avintia Blusens Inmotec 289.6 1’42.993 6.028 / 2.496
35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 296.9 1’44.384 7.419 / 1.391
19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 304.1 1’44.564 7.599 / 0.180
21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA JPN Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 288.7 1’45.180 8.215 / 0.616
41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 287.5 1’45.426 8.461 / 0.246
8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 292.4 1’45.678 8.713 / 0.252
5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 241.1 2’06.873 29.908 / 21.195
1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda
26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda
99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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