2012 Assen MotoGP FP3 Result: Pedrosa Tops Rain-Affected Session

Dani Pedrosa topped a rain-hit practice session on Friday morning, leading the session once the brief rain shower which hit in the early part of practice had passed. The shower passed quickly, leaving the track fairly dry, with just a few wet patches, one of which caught Casey Stoner out, the Repsol Honda man suffering a huge highside on a damp patch at De Bult. Stoner was slow to get up, but eventually rejoined the session, ending in 6th.

Jorge Lorenzo finished in 2nd, just behind Pedrosa, and ahead of San Carlo Gresini's Alvaro Bautista. Despite his still painful ankle, Cal Crutchlow put his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha into 4th, ahead of teammate Andrea Dovizioso and the banged up Stoner. Stefan Bradl posted the 7th fastest time on the LCR Honda, ahead of the Ducatis of Nicky Hayden and Hector Barbera, while Ben Spies rounded out the top 10.

The final standings in the session did not carry that much significance, however. The mixed conditions meant that placings were determined to some extent by timing and the willingness to push. After seeing Casey Stoner crash so badly, there may have been some riders building in a small safety margin.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'34.522    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'34.683 0.161 0.161
3 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 1'34.746 0.224 0.063
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'35.069 0.547 0.323
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA 1'35.250 0.728 0.181
6 1 Casey STONER HONDA 1'35.312 0.790 0.062
7 6 Stefan BRADL HONDA 1'35.400 0.878 0.088
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'35.428 0.906 0.028
9 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'35.559 1.037 0.131
10 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'35.640 1.118 0.081
11 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'36.466 1.944 0.826
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'36.663 2.141 0.197
13 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'36.784 2.262 0.121
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'37.707 3.185 0.923
15 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 1'37.765 3.243 0.058
16 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR 1'37.847 3.325 0.082
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA 1'38.069 3.547 0.222
18 77 James ELLISON ART 1'38.483 3.961 0.414
19 54 Mattia PASINI ART 1'38.860 4.338 0.377
20 22 Ivan SILVA BQR 1'40.332 5.810 1.472
21 5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER 1'40.683 6.161 0.351

 

2012
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