2012 Le Mans MotoGP FP3 Result: Stoner Dominates, Tech 3 Lead Pursuit

Casey Stoner's domination of the MotoGP class continues. The Australian took a clean sweep of free practice on Saturday morning, ending FP3 nearly half a second faster than the chasing pack. Stoner's time came despite crashing midway through the session, the Repsol Honda man running over the inside of the kerbs at the Chemin aux Boeufs esses and losing the front. Once back in the pits, he climbed aboard his second bike and immediately seized the fastest time.

The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha riders took 2nd and 3rd, Cal Crutchlow taking 2nd with a few minutes to go, Andrea Dovizioso coming just four thousandths short of his teammate and rival, but both satellite riders ending ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, though only just. The Factory Yamaha rider ended the session in 4th, but with Alvaro Bautista once again hot on his heels, just 15 thousandths behind him. Stoner's Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa struggled a little in 6th, while Valentino Rossi saw significant improvement from his Ducati to end in 7th, 0.8 behind Stoner, but three tenths behind the group running for 2nd. Rossi led a fleet of Ducatis, with Pramac's Hector Barbera in 8th, ahead of Nicky Hayden in 9th, and Karel Abraham rounding out the top 10.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 1 Casey STONER HONDA 1'33.945    
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'34.425 0.480 0.480
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA 1'34.429 0.484 0.004
4 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'34.456 0.511 0.027
5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 1'34.471 0.526 0.015
6 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'34.636 0.691 0.165
7 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'34.757 0.812 0.121
8 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'35.081 1.136 0.324
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'35.261 1.316 0.180
10 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'35.328 1.383 0.067
11 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'35.423 1.478 0.095
12 6 Stefan BRADL HONDA 1'35.468 1.523 0.045
13 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'36.389 2.444 0.921
14 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 1'36.666 2.721 0.277
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR 1'37.138 3.193 0.472
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA 1'37.666 3.721 0.528
17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'37.692 3.747 0.026
18 77 James ELLISON ART 1'37.940 3.995 0.248
19 22 Ivan SILVA BQR 1'38.344 4.399 0.404
20 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUTER 1'39.507 5.562 1.163
Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'40.521
  54 Mattia PASINI ART 1'46.663 12.718 7.156

 

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Ben was looking good in the first two sessions - what happened in FP3?

1m 35.202s in FP1
1m 34.467s in FP2
1m 35.423s in FP3...

His worst performance of the weekend. Did he have a fall (another front-end tuck) or... ?

Good to see Bautista up there maybe he going that extra tenth knowing that Repsol Honda will have a vacant seat at years end . Yamaha seem to be strong and having a good go seems Cal and Dovi are pushing each other to cement there place for next year.Spies what is going on? Rossi only 8 tenths of stoner and 4 tenths of the rest looks promising but can he keep it going for hole race .Looks like it might be a close race for second bring it on boys . As for Casey buisiness as usual will be a big loss for the championship.