2012 Valencia MotoGP | Results

2012 MotoGP Season Finale Results

Spoiler Alert: 2012 MotoGP Championship results from Valencia, Spain, listed below

Following the sighting lap for Valencia MotoGP, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa made a smart move. The Spaniard changed bikes, opting to run slicks, though race direction declared the race wet.

Due to the bike change, the RC213V rider had to start from pit lane, and got onto the track at the back of the pack. But Pedrosa climbed more than 15 positions, and was quickly in second.

Pedrosa had much work ahead, considering he was over 25 second behind the leader, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo. But the 2012 MotoGP Champion crashed out on lap 13 of 30, giving the lead to Pedrosa.

Pedrosa, who had his moments on the wet track, ran consistently, taking his seventh win of the season at Valencia. He was joined on the Valencia podium by Ben Spies replacement rider on the factory Yamaha YZR-M1, Katsuyuki Nakasuga, and the other Repsol Honda rider, the retiring Casey Stoner.

The race was declared wet by Race Direction despite a near dry line having formed, and only Lorenzo, Nakasuga, and LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl, chose the softer option slick tires, with all others on the hard wets.

However, in a twist unseen this season, Pedrosa, Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow and San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista then decided to start from pit-lane after their sighting lap, with all of them switching to a bike with slick tyres.

As the race got underway it was Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaró who was leading the early exchanges, yet within three laps Lorenzo’s choice looked the better one as he was started to lap significantly quicker than the rest.

Pedrosa was carving his way through the pack, whilst many riders that were on wets started coming into the pits to switch to their bikes with slicks, amongst which were Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner, Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá, and Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso.

Amid the frantic happenings, Hayden, Avintia Blusens’ Iván Silva, and Speed Master’s Roberto Rolfo crashed out of contention. On lap eight, Lorenzo was leading with Pedrosa in tow, whilst Bradl was running third with Nakasuga and Crutchlow behind. It was however not to be for the young German as he lost control of his bike in Turn 5 and crashed out. With 18 laps remaining Crutchlow efforts were rewarded by getting past Nakasuga, as Pedrosa had a moment and ran wide, putting him over three seconds back on Lorenzo.

Then there was huge drama as the World Champion was highsided off his bike as he was passing back markers, and was fortunate to walk away unhurt. This left Pedrosa in the lead, who also had his work cut out getting past the slower riders. On lap 19 the crashes continued as Barberá also took a tumble, whilst Espargaró’s teammate Randy de Puniet ran into the gravel. A lap later he was followed Avintia Blusens’ Claudio Corti, who skidded off into the gravel on his Inmotec chassis.

Just as things looked to have settled down, Crutchlow was caught out by the conditions and dropped out of second place. This moved Bautista up into third, although Stoner was catching up quickly in fourth. And with three laps remaining Stoner was all over the rear wheel Bautista and caught him at the end of the lap down the home straight to move into third.

In the end it was Pedrosa who took chequered flag to score his seventh win of the season, with Nakasuga taking the first Japanese podium this year in his second wildcard entry, and Stoner signing off his GP career with the final step on the rostrum.

The first non-podium finisher was Bautista, followed by his teammate Michele Pirro, Dovizioso, Cardion AB Racing’s Karel Abraham, Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci, Paul Bird Motorsport’s James Ellison and Ducati’s Valentino Rossi. Espargaró finished in 11th and secured himself the CRT title this season, whilst Bautista consolidated fifth in the championship.

2012 Valencia MotoGP Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1. 25 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 149.0 48’23.819
2. 20 21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA JPN Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 147.0 +37.661
3. 16 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 145.9 +1’00.633
4. 13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 145.8 +1’02.811
5. 11 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 144.6 +1’26.608
6. 10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 144.5 +1’30.423
7. 9 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 144.4 +1’31.789
8. 8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 143.5 1 Lap
9. 7 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 143.1 1 Lap
10. 6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 142.9 1 Lap
11. 5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 141.1 1 Lap
12. 4 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 138.3 2 Laps
13. 3 73 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens BQR 136.7 2 Laps
14. 2 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 132.6 3 Laps
Not Classified
35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 146.7 8 Laps
71 Claudio CORTI ITA Avintia Blusens Inmotec 130.0 13 Laps
8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 134.5 14 Laps
99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 146.6 17 Laps
6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 141.8 21 Laps
84 Roberto ROLFO ITA Speed Master ART 128.3 24 Laps
22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 126.9 28 Laps
69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 126.9 28 Laps

2012 MotoGP Final Point Standings:

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1. Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 350
2. Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 332
3. Casey STONER Honda AUS 254
4. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Yamaha ITA 218
5. Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 178
6. Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 163
7. Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 151
8. Stefan BRADL Honda GER 135
9. Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 122
10. Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 88
11. Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 83
13. Randy DE PUNIET ART FRA 62
14. Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 59
15. Michele PIRRO FTR ITA 43
16. James ELLISON ART GBR 35
18. Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha JPN 27
19. Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter ITA 27
20. Colin EDWARDS Suter USA 27
21. Jonathan REA Honda GBR 17
22. Mattia PASINI ART ITA 13
23. Ivan SILVA BQR SPA 12
24. Toni ELIAS Ducati SPA 10
25. Hiroshi AOYAMA BQR JPN 3
26. Steve RAPP APR USA 2
27. David SALOM BQR SPA 1