2012 Catalunya Moto3 Qualifying Practice Result: One Rider Dominates Qualifying

Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Barcelona:

Maverick Vinales has taken his second pole position in a row, after dominating QP at Catalunya. The Spaniard took the lead from Zulfahmi Khairuddin in the second half of qualifying and set a pace no one else could follow, putting him on pole for the second time, after his first pole of the year at Le Mans two weeks ago. Khairuddin ended qualifying in 2nd, a quarter of a second behind Vinales, and just ahead of Louis Rossi, the Frenchman invigorated after his win at Le Mans last week.

2012 Catalunya Moto3 Qualifying Practice Result: One Rider Dominates Qualifying

Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Barcelona:

Maverick Vinales has taken his second pole position in a row, after dominating QP at Catalunya. The Spaniard took the lead from Zulfahmi Khairuddin in the second half of qualifying and set a pace no one else could follow, putting him on pole for the second time, after his first pole of the year at Le Mans two weeks ago. Khairuddin ended qualifying in 2nd, a quarter of a second behind Vinales, and just ahead of Louis Rossi, the Frenchman invigorated after his win at Le Mans last week.

2012 Catalunya Moto2 FP3 Result: Redding Beats Out Espargaro

Scott Redding topped the timesheets for the final session of practice for the Moto2 class at Barcelona, bumping local hero Pol Espargaro from 1st with just a few minutes to go. Espargaro had led for most of the session, but the Pons HP man found himself falling three tenths short of the pace of Redding. Randy Krummenacher took 3rd, half a second behind Redding, while Andrea Iannone set the 4th fastest time, ahead of the man who had dominated the first day of practice, Thomas Luthi.

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2012 Catalunya MotoGP FP3 Result: Pedrosa Crushes Race Lap Record

Dani Pedrosa topped the timesheets in the final session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Barcelona, smashing the existing race lap record and getting well on the way to the pole record, which has stood since 2008. Pedrosa took the top spot in the last few minutes of the session, after mounting a soft rear to drop his times into the 1'41 bracket. 

2012 Catalunya Moto3 FP3 Result: Vinales Takes Command

Maverick Vinales led the final session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Barcelona, taking a massive 0.7 second lead with a fast final lap. The Spaniard had been at or close to the top for much of FP3, but put some serious space between himself and 2nd place man Zulfahmi Khairuddin with that last lap. Khairuddin leads the trio of Ajo KTMs, the Air Asia-backed Malaysian leading the Red Bull riders Danny Kent and Sandro Cortese. Cortese suffered a heavy fall, but appears to have come away relatively unhurt, only reporting a painful hand.

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2012 Catalunya MotoGP Friday Round Up: On Weather, Ducati Upgrades And The Cost Of Monopolies

After the fickle weather which has dogged the first three European rounds of MotoGP, the first day of practice at Barcelona weekend got off to a dry, warm and sunny start. It was just what the teams and riders needed, some dry track time to work on the issues they face: for Honda, the chatter which they have suffered since the introduction of the RCV213V in the middle of last year, for Ducati, the lack of rear grip and poor drive out of corners, and for Yamaha, well, nothing really, it's a pretty good bike as it is.

2012 Catalunya MotoGP Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice for the Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona:


Crutchlow and Dovizioso set scorching practice pace in Catalunya

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso set a scorching pace in baking hot conditions at the Catalunya track this afternoon to finish the opening day of practice for the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya inside the top four.

2012 Catalunya Moto2 And Moto3 Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at the Montmelo circuit near Barcelona:


MotoGP Moto3 - Positive first day for Team Italia FMI in Barcelona

Fenati closed the first two free-practice sessions in 6th position, Tonucci in 12th.

Team Italia FMI worked on the setup of its Honda FTRs in the morning session, focusing on tyres in the afternoon.

The Italian duo came out strong: Fenati posted the 6th best time with a 1'53"665, about one second behind Frenchman Rossi, who led the filed with a 1'52"624.

2012 Catalunya Moto2 FP2 Result: Luthi Leads Again

Thomas Luthi ended the second session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Barcelona where he left off the first: at the top of the timesheets, with a comfortable lead. Despite a crash towards the end of the session, the Interwetten Paddock rider finished FP2 four tenths faster than the man in 2nd place, Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding. The HP Pons Kalex of Pol Espargaro took 3rd spot, another four tenths behind Redding and at the head of a gaggle of close riders, with Andrea Iannone in 4th, Alex de Angelis in 5th and Takaaki Nakagami in 6th spot.

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2012 Catalunya MotoGP FP2 Result: Lorenzo Smashes Race Lap Record As Hondas Struggle

Jorge Lorenzo sits atop the timesheets after the first day of practice for the MotoGP class, the Factory Yamaha rider having controlled the afternoon session with ease, smashing the Barcelona race lap record in the attempt. Yamaha riders had a monopoly over the top of the timesheet for much of the session, with all 4 Yamahas sitting in the top 5 at one point. But times tumbled towards the end of the session, allowing a few interlopers to intervene.

2012 Catalunya Moto3 FP2 Result: Rossi Dominates, Vinales And Cortese Follow

Louis Rossi has brought the form that took him to victory at Le Mans with him to Barcelona, topping the timesheets in Moto3 FP2 after dominating throughout. Maverick Vinales closed in on the Frenchman to the end, but could not catch him, though the Spaniard got ahead of his main title rival Sandro Cortese. Miguel Oliveira ended the session in 4th, ahead of Danny Kent and Romano Fenati.

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2012 Catalunya Moto2 FP1 Result: Luthi Dominates, Espargaro Follows

Thomas Luthi dominated the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Barcelona, getting to the top of the timesheets early and only briefly ceding top spot to Pol Espargaro in the latter stages, before upping the pace and posting the fastest Moto2 lap ever recorded at the circuit. Espargaro ended the session in 2nd, over half a second behind the Swiss rider, while Scott Redding took 5th spot nearly nine tenths off the pace of Luthi.

2012 Catalunya MotoGP FP1 Result: Stoner Edges Pedrosa

Casey Stoner topped the first session of practice for the MotoGP class at Barcelona, taking over from his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa in the final minutes of the session. Jorge Lorenzo led a gaggle of Yamahas, with Cal Crutchlow making the best of his new brakes to get ahead of the second factory Yamaha of Ben Spies. Stefan Bradl took the 6th fastest time, very close to the pace of Crutchlow and Spies. Nicky Hayden got the best of the new electronics package on his Ducati, setting the 7th fastest time just a thousandth of a second behind Bradl, and just ahead of Karel Abraham.

2012 Catalunya Moto3 FP1 Result: Vinales Leads Oliveira And Cortese

Maverick Vinales topped the first session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Barcelona, posting a time nearlly half a second faster than Miguel Oliveira. The Portuguese rider in turn was just over a tenth faster than Sandro Cortese, who put his KTM ahead of the Air Asia bike of Zulfahmi Khairuddin.

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2012 Catalunya MotoGP Thursday Round Up - Of Italian Earthquakes, Ducati's Electronics and MotoGP's Backyard

If MotoGP can be said to have a backyard, then the Montmelo circuit just outside Barcelona is surely it. Series organizer Dorna has its offices just south of the city, and the Catalunya region - and especially the dormitory towns surrounding Barcelona - has provide a rich seam of riding talent, a seam almost as rich as its Italian counterpart surrounding the Misano circuit, comprising Cattolica, Riccione and the immediate area. So this is a home race for everyone, almost literally for some people.

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