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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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MotoGP Silly Season Burning Questions #1: The Mathematics of Marc Marquez

Casey Stoner's retirement announcement marked the - unhealthily early - opening of MotoGP's silly season, and with just two weeks having passed, it is, in the words of Nicky Hayden, "too early to start thinking about that." At the moment, factories, teams and riders are still absorbing the news and pondering their strategy for the many talks and negotiations which will surely follow. Though the paddock, the media and the internet are full of speculation, everything is so open that even the wildest guess may turn out to be true.

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2012 Catalunya Moto2 And Moto3 Press Release Previews

Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend's round at Barcelona:


Xavier Simeon to miss Catalunya Moto2 race through injury

The Tech 3 Racing Moto2 Team's Xavier Simeon will not participate in next weekend's Gran Premio Aperol de Catalunya having been ruled out by injuries picked up during the recent French Grand Prix.

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Editor's Blog: On Being Wrong

After Casey Stoner announced his retirement on Thursday at Le Mans, it was obvious that I would choose that subject to write about for that day's round up of events. Stoner's retirement had befuddled me - I was not alone in my befuddlement, it was shared by almost everyone involved in MotoGP - and I discussed the source of the story published by the Spanish magazine Solo Moto in the week between the Jerez and Estoril rounds of MotoGP, which splashed news of Stoner's retirement on its front page, citing an anonymous source.

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Lies, Damn Lies, And Manufacturer HP Figures: Repsol Introduces Honda's "230 hp" RC213V

One of the burning questions among race fans since the reintroduction of the 1000cc MotoGP machines has been exactly how much horsepower the bigger bikes make. Various figures have been bandied about, some issued in press releases, others bandied about by riders, or measured on the notoriously inaccurate press room dyno.

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Spanish Savings Banks And Racing Sponsorship: Is The End Near?

Spanish savings banks have been involved in Grand Prix racing since the start of the Dorna era in 1992, when the Banesto bank set up the Spanish racing promoter and then backed its investment in purchasing the TV broadcasting rights of the Road Racing World Championship from the FIM, in partnership with F1 promoter Bernie Ecclestone’s Two Wheels Promotions company.

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