2012 Estoril MotoGP FP3 Result: Hondas Dominate, Yamahas Follow

With conditions improving rapidly for the MotoGP class, times are starting to drop, though the damp patch in the final corner is still making life complicated for the big bikes. Whatever the conditions, the Hondas are still fast, and Dani Pedrosa was the fastest of the lot. The Repsol Honda man ended the final session of free practice just over a hundredth of a second ahead of his teammate Casey Stoner to end FP3 on top of the timesheet.

The gap to the riders behind was large. Jorge Lorenzo was the 3rd fastest man on track, with over a third of a second's deficit to Pedrosa. The Factory Yamaha man led Monster Tech 3 rider Cal Crutchlow by a similar amount, Crutchlow ending the session in 4th, but ahead of his teammate Andrea Dovizioso, which will have pleased the Englishman. Dovzioso was the last man inside a second of Pedrosa, with 6th place man Alvaro Bautista just a whisker over a second behind the Spaniard.

Valentino Rossi moved back to being the fastest Ducati, something he hasn't managed very often this season. Rossi ended a tenth ahead of the second factory Yamaha of Ben Spies, while Rossi's Ducati teammate Nicky Hayden was fractionally slower than the Texan. Stefan Bradl rounded out the top ten on the LCR Honda.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'37.326    
2 1 Casey STONER HONDA 1'37.338 0.012 0.012
3 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'37.680 0.354 0.342
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'38.086 0.760 0.406
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA 1'38.273 0.947 0.187
6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 1'38.332 1.006 0.059
7 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'38.443 1.117 0.111
8 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'38.558 1.232 0.115
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'38.602 1.276 0.044
10 6 Stefan BRADL HONDA 1'38.714 1.388 0.112
11 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'38.856 1.530 0.142
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'39.361 2.035 0.505
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'40.225 2.899 0.864
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'40.374 3.048 0.149
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR 1'40.561 3.235 0.187
16 54 Mattia PASINI ART 1'40.875 3.549 0.314
17 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 1'41.379 4.053 0.504
18 22 Ivan SILVA BQR 1'41.772 4.446 0.393
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA 1'42.002 4.676 0.230
20 77 James ELLISON ART 1'42.103 4.777 0.101
21 5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER 1'42.145 4.819 0.042

 

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