2012 Catalunya MotoGP Warm Up Result: Crutchlow Tops Difficult Session

It started to rain at the start of MotoGP warm up, making conditions treacherous, and causing a spate of crashes. Dani Pedrosa, James Ellison, and Randy de Puniet all went down, and countless riders found themselves running straight on and into the gravel. Ellison's crash brought out the red flags, as it took so long to clear his bike from the gravel traps.

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2012 Catalunya MotoGP Saturday Round Up - Tires, Weather, And Reasons To Win At Barcelona

It has been great to have some consistent weather, Casey Stoner said at the qualifying press conference at Barcelona, a sentiment that was shared by everyone at the Montmelo circuit, riders, teams, fans and media. Apart from the anomaly that is Qatar (a night race with practice in cooling temperatures) all of the MotoGP rounds held so far have featured massive changes in weather almost from session to session.

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2012 Catalunya MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying on Saturday in Barcelona:


Crutchlow storms to front row at sweltering Catalunya

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team's impressive qualifying streak in 2012 continued in sweltering heat at the Catalunya track today, with Cal Crutchlow powering to a third front row start in the opening five races.

Air temperatures peaked at a punishing 31 degrees but Crutchlow set a blisteringly hot pace on his YZR-M1 machine to battle for a front row position in a typically exciting conclusion to qualifying.

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2012 Catalunya Moto2 And Moto3 Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying on Saturday at Barcelona:


Binder taken out in fast lap

Bad luck stroke Brad Binder again. In the decisive lap of qualifying for the Catalan GP the South African was taken out by Miguel Oliveira, who made a mistake and crashed. Both Binder and his Kalex KTM came out without damage, but Binders fast lap was ruined, leaving him in 22nd position on the grid Sunday morning.

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Barcelona Likely To Stay On MotoGP Calendar, 19 Race Season Beckons For 2013

Barcelona looks set to remain on the MotoGP calendar for the foreseeable future, despite concerns over the financial viability of the round. In an interview with the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta has confirmed that the contract, signed for five years in 2011, will be honored by both Dorna and the regional government of Catalonia, which helps fund the race.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Results:

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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. 

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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.

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