MotoGP Catalunya Results 2012

June 3, 2012
Byron Wilson
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Jorge Lorenzo topped the practice time sheets at Catalunya.
Jorge Lorenzo won his third MotoGP of 2012 at Catalunya.

Jorge Lorenzo claimed his third MotoGP victory of the season, with the factory Yamaha rider taking the Catalunya GP win. Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa came across the finish line in second and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso scored his first podium of 2012 in third. Defending MotoGP champion Casey Stoner of Repsol Honda just missed the podium in fourth and Dovizioso’s Tech 3 teammate Cal Crutchlow rounded out the top five.

The day started with a wet warm-up, but skies cleared and the track dried for the Grand Prix in the afternoon.

Pedrosa and Factory Yamaha’s Ben Spies pushed hard from the second row and came out of the gate in front, with Spies briefly taking the lead. The American’s disappointing season continued though as he ran wide in the corner and ended up in the gravel. He was able to remount but had fallen back to 20th. Pedrosa then settled in as the leader through the first six laps, followed by Lorenzo and Dovizioso.

It wasn’t long until the current points leader passed the Repsol Honda rider for the lead. Pedrosa battled back and regained the front until Lap 19 then had a big wheelie that slowed him enough to give the Yamaha ace an opportunity to take an inside line. Once Lorenzo got our front, he pushed hard to put a gap between himself and his countryman.

“I’m really happy with this victory as it was a very tough weekend,” said Lorenzo. “I followed Dani and watched him, he slowed his pace and eventually made a mistake so I was able to pass him then give it full throttle.”

Pedrosa has been unable to take a win so far this season and expressed his frustration after the race. “A second place is always a second, but I really wanted to win today, I cannot feel happy,” Pedrosa explained. “We’ve worked very hard during the practice sessions to be ready to win but finally we couldn’t make it, so it’s a little bit disappointing.” The Honda rider has been a regular presence on the podium and now has two second and two third-place finishes to his credit in 2012.

Dovizioso got to the front early and held steady in third, keeping pace with Lorenzo and Pedrosa through the first 10 laps. On Lap 14, a small mistake took Dovi out of position to pressure for second-place. The Yamaha rider remained steady to the end, keeping Stoner at bay in fourth. The Australian rider pressed hard at the end but was unable to pass Dovi on the final lap, marking the first time Stoner has missed a podium since Jerez in 2011 and the first time he has been outside the top three at the Catalan GP in six seasons.

“I am really happy to get my first podium for Yamaha and this is a fantastic reward for all the effort my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew has put in since I came to this Team,” said Dovizioso. “Maybe I could have stayed with them (Lorenzo and Pedrosa) and fought for the win but I made a small mistake and that cost me a lot of time. I found my pace again but in the final laps Casey and Cal caught me, but I was determined to finish on the podium. I could hear Casey’s bike and knew he was looking to attack, but I tried to give my maximum while not making a mistake and to finish third is great for the whole Team.”

San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista and Ducati’s Valentino Rossi settled in to fight for sixth place, with the Spaniard managing to hold The Doctor back in seventh. LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl and Rossi’s Ducati teammate Nicky Hayden held comfortably in eighth and ninth respectively. Spies, after falling to nearly last place, was able to regain position and finish in 10th.

Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro came in as the fastest CRT in 13th, followed by San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Michele Pirro and Aspar teammate Randy De Puniet.

Lorenzo remains in the points lead and is now 20 ahead of Stoner who sits second overall. Pedrosa holds firm in third-place and Dovizioso, now in fourth, traded position with Crutchlow who fell to fifth.

2012 MotoGP Catalunya Race Results:
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
2. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
3. Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha)
4. Casey Stoner (Honda)
5. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha)
6. Alvaro Bautsita (Honda)
7. Valentino Rossi (Ducati)
8. Stefan Bradl (Honda)
9. Nicky Hayden (Ducati)
10. Ben Spies (Yamaha)
11. Hector Barbera (Ducati)
12. Karel Abraham (Ducati)
13. Aleix Espargaro (ART)
14. Michele Pirro (FTR)
15. Randy De Puniet (ART)
16. James Ellison (ART)
17. Mattia Pasini (ART)
18. Yonny Hernandez (BQR)
19. Danilo Petrucci (Ioda)
20. Ivan Silva (BQR)
21 Colin Edwards (Suter)
2012 MotoGP Championship Points:
1. Jorge Lorenzo, 115
2. Casey Stoner, 95
3. Dani Pedrosa, 85
4. Andrea Dovizioso, 60
5. Cal Crutchlow, 56
6. Valentino Rossi, 51
7. Alvaro Bautista, 45
8. Stefan Bradl, 43
9. Nicky Hayden, 40
10. Hector Barbera, 31