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. 

Pedrosa had to depose his Repsol Honda teammate to take the top spot. Casey Stoner had sneaked ahead of Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Andrea Dovizioso in the last 10 minutes, posting a scorching time using the harder rear. Dovizioso had held the fastest time for most of the session, having been the first man to get under 1'42 early on in FP2, though the Italian had used the soft rear to get the time. Hector Barbera ended the session in 4th, the Pramac Ducati taking advantage of Jorge Lorenzo to leapfrog well up the field. Barbera finished ahead of the factory Ducati of Nicky Hayden, the American taking 5th spot ahead of yesterday's fastest man Jorge Lorenzo, who was six tenths slower this morning than he was on Friday. 

Stefan Bradl posted a respectable 7th fastest time, the LCR Honda man ending ahead of Cal Crutchlow. After impressing yesterday, Crutchlow was over a second and a quarter slower than his Tech 3 teammate Dovizioso. Valentino Rossi took 9th spot, the Italian having dropped the aluminium swingarm he tested at Mugello in favor of the carbon fiber item he has been using so far. Alvaro Bautista rounds out the top 10, while Ben Spies ended the session in 11th.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'41.646    
2 1 Casey STONER HONDA 1'41.966 0.320 0.320
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA 1'41.993 0.347 0.027
4 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'42.353 0.707 0.360
5 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'42.433 0.787 0.080
6 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'42.697 1.051 0.264
7 6 Stefan BRADL HONDA 1'42.784 1.138 0.087
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'42.906 1.260 0.122
9 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'43.123 1.477 0.217
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 1'43.133 1.487 0.010
11 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'43.440 1.794 0.307
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'43.882 2.236 0.442
13 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'43.991 2.345 0.109
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'44.585 2.939 0.594
15 54 Mattia PASINI ART 1'44.901 3.255 0.316
16 5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER 1'45.193 3.547 0.292
17 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 1'45.670 4.024 0.477
18 77 James ELLISON ART 1'45.785 4.139 0.115
19 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR 1'45.824 4.178 0.039
20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA 1'45.942 4.296 0.118
21 22 Ivan SILVA BQR 1'46.889 5.243 0.947


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apparently Ben Spies is just doing longruns so far and he is looking far more comfortable than he did for most parts of the season so far.

does anyone know which tyres he used today for FP3? And what can we expect from him for the qualifying? Last year he was very close to Lorenzo, I still think a first row start is not out of reach (even if it's more likely to be 4th or 5th place)

He's probably working on the long haul. So far he's enjoyed or rather rued a dismal season. However,when you are rock bottom there is only one way to go and thats up. I hope it all turns around for him in a few hours time and into the warm up and race tomorrow.
He's too good a rider to have suddenly lost the plot as to how to race a bike, much like Rossi.
He's also getting on in years and is maybe a yard slower than he was some years back,but I hope he turns the corner.
Throw some taco sauce on silly season rumours.