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2012 Indianapolis MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: New Pole Record Taken In Session Marred By Crashes
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Indianapolis:
Results and summary of the qualifying practice for the Moto3 class at Indianapolis:
Pol Espargaro has once again taken the top spot during FP3 for the Moto2 class at Indianapolis, completing a clean sweep of free practice at the iconic American track. Espargaro was chased hard by Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding, though, the young Briton getting to within six hundredths of Espargaro's time. Marc Marquez ended in third, less than a tenth behind Espargaro but unable to challenge the HP Tuenti Kalex rider for the lead. Takaaki Nakagami of the Italtrans squad took the 4th spot, ending just ahead of Redding's teammate Mika Kallio, while Andrea Iannone finished FP3 in 6th.
The reign of the Repsol Hondas at Indianapolis continues, with Casey Stoner setting the fastest time in the final session of free practice for the MotoGP class, finishing just ahead of his teammate Dani Pedrosa. The race lap record continues to be decimated, Pedrosa taking first blood, while Stoner eventually got the time down to 1'39.182, six tenths faster than the race lap record and three tenths off the pole record.
Ben Spies put in another strong session of practice, setting the 3rd fastest time on the factory Yamaha, while Stefan Bradl is once again outstanding on the LCR Honda, also getting into the 1'39s and taking 4th spot. Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man Andrea Dovizioso ended the session in 5th, unable to get into the 1'39s but still within a second of Stoner, and ahead of San Carlo Gresini's Alvaro Bautista in 6th. Jorge Lorenzo had a difficult session, the factory Yamaha man and championship leader ending the morning session in 7th, well over a second behind his title rivals Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, and just ahead of his teammate for next year, Ducati's Valentino Rossi. Cal Crutchlow had a similarly tricky session, ending FP3 in 9th and suffering a small crash at Turn 4, missing the final few minutes of the session, while Nicky Hayden rounded out the top 10.
The Red Bull KTMs continue to dominate at Indianapolis, Sandro Cortese setting the fastest time in the final session of free practice for the Moto3 class, finishing over a third of a second ahead of his teammate Danny Kent. Maverick Vinales leads the FTR Honda charge, finishing a tenth off the pace of Kent, but nearly half a second slower than Cortese, while Alex Rins continues his impressive debut at Indianapolis with the 4th fastest time.
Pol Espargaro took charge of the Moto2 session on Friday afternoon at Indianapolis, responding to his chief title rival Marc Marquez by grabbing the fastest time by well over half a second. Marquez had launched a late attack on Espargaro's top slot, but his tenure at the top would be only brief. Espargaro responded, putting a big chunk of time into his rival, and leaving Marquez half a second adrift. Claudio Corti grabbed 3rd, just ahead of Scott Redding, the two Kalex riders the last men to get within a second of Espargaro, while Nico Terol posted a very strong practice time to finish in 5th.
Dani Pedrosa has taken a commanding lead at Indianapolis, topping the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class in the afternoon, and smashing the race lap record along the way. Pedrosa led by over a second for much of the session, with Ben Spies the only rider to get within half a second at the end of FP2. Factory Yamaha teammate and current championship leader Jorge Lorenzo was 3rd fastest, just ahead of Tech 3's Andrea Dovizioso, though both men were over seven tenths slower than Pedrosa.
Casey Stoner was the 5th fastest man of the afternoon, after leading during the morning. But while the better track conditions allowed Stoner to improve by well over a second, everyone else took two seconds or more off their best times, Stoner trailing his teammate by nearly nine tenths. The Australian was the last man inside a second, though: Cal Crutchlow put the second Tech 3 Yamaha into 6th, ahead of the satellite Hondas of Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl, while Nicky Hayden suffered the same fate as Casey Stoner, not improving his time as much as the rest and finishing 9th, just ahead of teammate Valentino Rossi.
Toni Elias is now riding for Hector Barbera, after Barbera was diagnosed with three fractured dorsal vertebra. Elias ended the session in 17th, well down among the CRT bikes.
Sandro Cortese picked up the pace in the second session of practice for the Moto3 class, heading up FP2 on Friday afternoon. Cortese took over from his Red Bull KTM teammate Danny Kent, who topped the morning session, while Miguel Oliveira took 3rd, fractionally ahead of Maverick Vinales on the FTR Honda.
Pol Espargaro topped the first session of practice for the Moto2 class at Indianpolis, snatching top spot from Marc Marquez right at the very end of the session, Espargaro and Marquez had swapped fastest times for much of FP1, with Espargaro's teammate Tito Rabat taking over a couple of times during the session, but in the end, Espargaro took a clear lead over Marquez, with Andrea Iannone squeezing ahead of Rabat to take 3rd.
Casey Stoner has topped the first session of free practice at Indianapolis for the MotoGP class, leapfrogging over his teammate Dani Pedrosa to make it a one-two for the Repsol Hondas in FP1. Stoner and Pedrosa swapped fastest times for most of the session, while Ducati's Nicky Hayden got his home GP off to a strong start to take 3rd spot.
Ben Spies ended up in 4th, the Factory Yamaha rider a few hundredths slower than fellow American Hayden, while Stefan Bradl set the 5th fastest time on his MotoGP debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, sporting a brand new Red Bull livery for his LCR Honda. Alvaro Bautista put his Gresini Honda into 6th, ahead of Cal Crutchlow on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, Jorge Lorenzo on the Factory Yamaha and Valentino Rossi on the Ducati. Crutchlow had a big crash in the first half of the session, and came away treating his shoulder very gingerly, though the Englishman went out again to pursue a time. Hector Barbera was less fortunate, suffering a big highside at Turn 16, and being taken to the medical center. From there, he was shipped to a local hospital for suspected injuries to his vertebrae, a repeat of an injury he suffered at Motegi last year. The leg he broke at Mugello - less than five weeks ago - was fine.
Danny Kent was the fastest man of the first session of practice at Indianapolis, topping the Moto3 timesheets after heavy rain had fallen overnight. The young Briton just held off the Australian Jack Miller, while Jonas Folger made a strong debut on the Kalex KTM, taking 3rd spot some four tenths off the pace of Kent. Folger switched from the IODA to join the Mapfre Aspar after Mugello, and the difference is immediately obvious.
Results and summary of the Red Bull US GP race at Laguna Seca:
MotoGP warm up was delayed by an hour because of fog. The fog had left the track a little greasy in spots, as Nicky Hayden crashed at Turn 5 on his out lap, and later in the session, both Alvaro Bautista and Jorge Lorenzo went down at Turn 11. Lorenzo's crash did not slow him down: he led for most of the session, only losing out at the very end, when Casey Stoner sneaked past by one thousandth of a second, the smallest possible margin. Lorenzo ended up 2nd, ahead of Dani Pedrosa and the inseparable Monster Tech 3 Yamaha paring of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow.
Steve Rapp, failed to get within the 107% of the pole time on the Attack Kawasaki wildcard CRT bike, and as he has not managed to do so in any of the sessions so far this weekend, will not be allowed to start. Rapp and Attack Kawasaki will get a second chance in three weeks' time, at Indianapolis.
Results and summary of a thrilling qualifying practice session at Laguna Seca:
The morning fog that is a normal part of most mornings at Laguna Seca was a little thicker and hung around for longer than usual on Saturday morning, causing the AMA session which precedes MotoGP to be rescheduled, but burning off just enough for some MotoGP bikes to go out once FP3 started. The track was still greasy from the mist, the spot under the bridge on the front straight causing a particular problem, but a few brave souls who really needed the track time went out. That was Steve Rapp, especially, as the Attack Kawasaki CRT bike had not turned a wheel on a racetrack until FP1 on Friday, and the improvement by the bike showed, Rapp quickly improving his times from yesterday by a significant margin.
Ten minutes before the session ended, the fog had lifted sufficiently for all of the riders to start thinking of venturing out. Ben Spies was the first brave soul, joining Rapp, Ivan Silva and James Ellison who had already been circulating for a while. Spies soon took top spot, but once his Factory Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo hit the track, it was the Spaniard who dominated, getting well down into the 1'21s to end up topping the timesheets by over eight tenths of a second. Spies finished in 2nd, ahead of Ducati's Nicky Hayden and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow, while Valentino Rossi was 5th.