2012 Catalunya MotoGP Test Times Final: Dovizioso Leads From Spies And Barbera

Final official times from today's MotoGP test at Barcelona:

Pos Rider Bike Time Diff Prev.
1 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:41.997    
2 Ben Spies Yamaha 1:42.143 0.146 0.146
3 Hector Barbera Ducati 1:42.185 0.188 0.042
4 Alvaro Bautista Honda 1:42.309 0.312 0.124
5 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:42.342 0.345 0.033
6 Casey Stoner Honda 1:42.369 0.372 0.027
7 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1:42.378 0.381 0.009
8 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:42.535 0.538 0.157
9 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:42.769 0.772 0.234
10 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1:42.941 0.944 0.172
11 Valentino Rossi Ducati 1:43.252 1.255 0.311
12 Karel Abraham Ducati 1:43.926 1.929 0.674
13 Randy de Puniet Aprilia ART 1:44.236 2.239 0.310
14 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia ART 1:44.487 2.490 0.251
15 Colin Edwards Suter BMW 1:44.979 2.982 0.492
16 Michele Pirro FTR Honda 1:45.080 3.083 0.101
17 Yonny Hernandez FTR Kawasaki 1:45.701 3.704 0.621
18 Mattia Pasini Aprilia ART 1:45.870 3.873 0.169
19 Ivan Silva FTR Kawasaki 1:45.968 3.971 0.098
20 James Ellison Aprilia ART 1:46.047 4.050 0.079
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Total votes: 48

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Are all Aprilia ARTs created equal? Are they delivered with a stockish RSV engine and teams maximize perfomance or does Aprilia have some type of engine agreement where they maintain the engines?

Total votes: 2

The engines vary greatly as Aspar gets engines from Aprilia more or less while Ioda puts in stock engines apparently. They also use different frames. And I wouldn't be surprised if they had big differences in electronics as well.

Total votes: 1

I think you are confusing ART's and Ioda's CRT project. While the Ioda CRT is based on RSV4 it is an entirely independent bike designed and made by Ioda without any assistance from Aprilia. That is why they have stock motor in a tubular chassis and Petruci is conceding over 20 kph to other CRT's on the straights.

As for the rest of the ART's i think they are all more or less the same spec. which is why Aprilia was able to let PBM and James Ellison peak into Aspar and Randy's setup data!

I think the time difference between the ART's are purely due rider skill, setup and experience of the teams with the machinery in that order.

Total votes: 1

Do they give how many laps the riders did?

Total votes: 1

Yes, over on the other site. Best time, on which lap of how many. Still, this session is only for testing improvements. It would be nice to be able to read more than is possible into the times to add to our appetites for info.

Total votes: 51

is barbera testing the newer GP12 or did he find something extra?

Total votes: 60

I'm sure it was a combination of a tow and new tires. He's yet to translate any of his single fast laps to race results, or even repeat the fast lap time during a race.

Total votes: 6

but maybe its time ducati upgrade his bike or atleast some updates i mean its not like he's terrible unlike Abraham at the moment

Total votes: 1

I'm not totally positive, but are the satellite Ducatis still on the GP0 version of the bike?

I wonder how long Abraham will continue to run the Ducati as he would probably get the same results with an ART for a lot less money.

Total votes: 66

I keep wondering why he kept his seat(other than its his fathers team) or even why he's in the premiere class at all.

Total votes: 64

Hang on, you can't read anything into these times. Its only a testing session, look where Lorenzo ended up.

Cal had a big off, so he will be hurting, using large tubs of skin balm by the sound of it !

Sure you can make inferences, but as the Barbera time shows, different riders had different agendas.

Total votes: 1

Any word on lap times by Shakey Byrne?

Total votes: 67

They would've been better off letting Laverty or someone else who hasn't had a thousand chances prove himself test the bike.

Total votes: 61