Valencia MotoGP | Ducati’s Hayden Tops FP1

2012-valencia-motogp-ducati-hayden-tops-fp1 (1)2012 Valencia MotoGP Free Practice 1 Results

The final round of the 2012 MotoGP Championship got underway Friday with wet conditions at Valencia, the fourth circuit on Spanish soil.

Having an optimal setup in the wet, Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden was able to post the quickest time ahead of Spanish favorites Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) and the 2012 MotoGP Champion, Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing).

Hayden would top the FP1 time sheets with a 1:44.485. To put this time into perspective, under dry conditions the circuit record is a 1:32.582 set by Casey Stoner in 2008 (Ducati). The Kentuckian was 1.005 of a second quicker than Pedorsa, and 1.460 quicker than Lorenzo.

Fourth quickest was Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso, the Italian only 0.076 of a second behind Lorenzo. Dovi was followed by San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, who was over three tenths of a second behind. Bautista, also a Spaniard, was followed by Power Electronics Aspar CRT’s Aleix Espargaro, showing that the CRT class can be somewhat competitive under wet conditions.

Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi finished seventh, over two seconds off the top time. Following the future factory Yamaha rider was Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow, Espargaró’s teammate Randy de Puniet, and Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner.

MotoGP reports that Paul Bird Motorsport’s James Ellison was and early crasher, followed by Yamaha’s Ben Spies replacement rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga. Both riders were unhurt in the incidents. Italian rider Claudio Corti also made his GP debut on board Avintia Blusens’ Inmotec chassis. He has also been confirmed as teammate to NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards for next season.

Free Practice Two gets underway soon, hopefully under drier conditions.

2012 Valencia MotoGP Free Practice One Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 306.4 1’44.485
2. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 306.6 1’45.490 1.005 / 1.005
3. 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 304.6 1’45.945 1.460 / 0.455
4. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 308.6 1’46.021 1.536 / 0.076
5. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 303.7 1’46.413 1.928 / 0.392
6. 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 293.3 1’46.574 2.089 / 0.161
7. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 306.5 1’46.678 2.193 / 0.104
8. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 299.6 1’46.839 2.354 / 0.161
9. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 290.1 1’47.039 2.554 / 0.200
10. 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 295.4 1’47.527 3.042 / 0.488
11. 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 297.3 1’47.825 3.340 / 0.298
12. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 292.6 1’47.862 3.377 / 0.037
13. 21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA JPN Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 298.1 1’48.110 3.625 / 0.248
14. 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 285.1 1’48.244 3.759 / 0.134
15. 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 286.3 1’48.918 4.433 / 0.674
16. 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 290.2 1’49.143 4.658 / 0.225
17. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 302.6 1’49.444 4.959 / 0.301
18. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 290.6 1’49.748 5.263 / 0.304
19. 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 287.2 1’50.735 6.250 / 0.987
84 Roberto ROLFO ITA Speed Master ART 288.1 1’51.826 7.341 / 1.091
71 Claudio CORTI ITA Avintia Blusens Inmotec 282.7 1’51.996 7.511 / 0.170
73 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens BQR 265.9 1’54.245 9.760 / 2.249

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