MotoGP Jerez Friday Practice 2012

April 27, 2012
Byron Wilson
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Fluctuating weather conditions, including rain and cold track temperatures, resulted in an unusual MotoGP running order at the Jerez Circuit in Spain on Friday. Avintia Blusens CRT rider Ivan Silva leads the combined times, followed by Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Ducati’s Valentino Rossi.

Silva’s fluke finishing order came via poor conditions in the morning Free Practice 1. While most of the MotoGP riders remained in the pits, the Avintia Blusens rider took to the track before much of the rain fell and posted the fastest lap time of either practice session at 1.48:674. He was followed in FP1 by LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl in second and Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy De Puinet in third. None of the top factory riders took to the track in Practice 1. 

Dani Pedrosa of Repsol Honda  free practice at Jerez.

Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa took the top spot in Free Practice 2 at Jerez on Friday after weather conditions forced most riders to sit out the morning session.

Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa took the top spot in Free Practice 2 at Jerez on Friday after weather conditions forced most riders to sit out the morning session.
Free Practice 2 proved more representative of what might transpire in Sunday’s GP, with participation of the key players. Repsol Honda Pedrosa came out on top with a time of 1.50:780. Rossi came in less than a second behind and was followed by last year’s wet-race winner Jorge Lorenzo of Yamaha Factory Racing in third. Rossi set the pace early on and earlier predicted that the wet conditions would suit him and his Ducati. The Doctor has won a total of eight times at Jerez.

“It has been a strange day due to the weather conditions,” said Pedrosa. “In the morning we decided to not go out because the track was not wet enough then we had more or less the same conditions in the afternoon, but it was necessary to do some laps and get some rhythm.”

Lorenzo, the current championship points leader, commented that “in these conditions we are not so good because the middle of the tire is dropping a lot, after eight or ten laps we don’t have any more grip so we have to slow the pace.”

Current world champion Casey Stoner of the Repsol Honda Team took fourth place if FP2, beating out Rossi teammate Nicky Hayden who grabbed fifth. He was followed by Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Andrea Dovizioso, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista and Tech 3’s Cal Cruthlow rounding out the top eight.

The fastest CRT rider to come in during FP2 was Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy De Puniet who snagged 11th, followed by Mattia Pasini of Speed Master in 12th.

The Doctor taking a corner at Jerez.
Valentino Rossi finally got to the track in Free Practice 2, feeling comfortable in the wet conditions.

2012 MotoGP Jerez Combined Free Practice Times:
1. Ivan Silva (BQR) 1’48.674
2. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1’50.780
3. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) 1’51.440
4. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1’51.873
5. Casey Stoner (Honda) 1’52.106
6. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 1’52.254
7. Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha) 1’53.070
8. Alvaro Bautista (Honda) 1’53.166
9. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1’53.352
10. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 1’53.409
11. Stefan Bradl (Honda) 1’53.409
12. Randy De Puniet (ART) 1’54.155
13. Mattia Pasini (ART) 1’54.370
14. Karel Abraham (Ducati) 1’54.378
15. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 1’54.581
16. Colin Edwards (Suter) 1’54.707
17. Yonny Hernandez (BQR) 1’54.915
18. Danilo Petrucci (Ioda) 1’55.752
19. Michele Pirro (FTR) 1’56.067
20. James Ellison (ART) 1’57.475
21. Aleix Espargaro (ART) 1’57.789

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