2012 Assen MotoGP FP1 Result: Lorenzo Takes Top In Final Minutes

Jorge Lorenzo ended the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Assen on top of the timesheets, squeaking ahead of Casey Stoner as the session ended. Stoner had dominated for much of the session, but the Yamahas closed the gap as FP1 drew to a close. In the end, Lorenzo took a slim lead over the Australian. Stoner's Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa also slipped through ahead of Stoner to take 2nd, leaving the Australian in 3rd. 

Ben Spies posted a respectable 4th fastest time, at the track where he secured his first and so far only victory in MotoGP. Nicky Hayden put the factory Ducati in 5th, three quarters of a second behind Lorenzo, and just ahead of Alvaro Bautista on the San Carlo Gresini Honda. Hector Barbera took 7th on the Pramac Ducati, following Andrea Dovizioso around to end ahead of the Italian, forcing Dovizioso down into 8th, just ahead of Monster Tech 3 Yamaha teammate Cal Crutchlow. Valentino Rossi rounds out the top 10, just under a second slower than Lorenzo.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'35.106    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'35.126 0.020 0.020
3 1 Casey STONER HONDA 1'35.181 0.075 0.055
4 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'35.555 0.449 0.374
5 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'35.841 0.735 0.286
6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 1'35.867 0.761 0.026
7 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'35.970 0.864 0.103
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA 1'35.995 0.889 0.025
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'36.031 0.925 0.036
10 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'36.084 0.978 0.053
11 6 Stefan BRADL HONDA 1'36.737 1.631 0.653
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'37.187 2.081 0.450
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'37.365 2.259 0.178
14 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 1'37.771 2.665 0.406
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'37.850 2.744 0.079
16 54 Mattia PASINI ART 1'38.642 3.536 0.792
17 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR 1'38.649 3.543 0.007
18 5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER 1'39.076 3.970 0.427
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA 1'39.385 4.279 0.309
20 77 James ELLISON ART 1'39.495 4.389 0.110
21 22 Ivan SILVA BQR 1'39.530 4.424 0.035

 

2012
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Comments

I understand why the fast guys in the paddock are condescending towards the guys trying to get a tow. It reinforces their superiority and place in the pecking order.

But I can't quite understand the criticism of them by the general public what on earth is wrong with doing absolutely everything in your power to get a better result?