2012 Mugello MotoGP FP3 Result: Lorenzo's Record Pace Closely Matched By Pedrosa

Jorge Lorenzo's domination at Mugello continues, the Factory Yamaha rider once again the fastest man of the session at Mugello. Lorenzo was quick right out of the box, lapping in the 1'47s within a couple of laps, then turning up the pace to cut his time to 1'47.584, nearly half a second faster than the pole position record at Mugello, posting those times on the hard tires.

Unlike Friday, however, Jorge Lorenzo was not having it all his own way. The Repsol Hondas, who had struggled with the hard rear tires on the first day of practice, were markedly quicker on Saturday, Dani Pedrosa setting a time within a tenth of a second of Lorenzo's, Casey Stoner another couple of tenths behind. Ben Spies also improved his pace, setting the 4th quickest time and also getting into the 1'47s, and ending the session ahead of the Monster Tech 3 Yamahas, Andrea Dovizioso marginally quicker than Cal Crutchlow. Nicky Hayden was once again fastest Ducati, just over half a second slower than Jorge Lorenzo, and finishing in front of Hector Barbera and Stefan Bradl.

Valentino Rossi showed off the special helmet he had painted for Mugello, a very Italian affair showing an Italian singer from the '60s and '70s, and bearing the Italian's catchphrase "Let's stick together". It did him a little good, as he ended the session in 10th, over a second off the time of Lorenzo. Aleix Espargaro did an outstanding job on the Aspar CRT bike, half a second off the pace of Rossi and within 1.6 seconds of Lorenzo, very close considering that Mugello is such a massively fast track. Espargaro ended the session ahead of Alvaro Bautista, the San Carlo Gresini Honda rider losing the front at turn 12 unexpectedly, his third crash of the weekend, and looking visibly shaken when he returned to the pits.

Result:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'47.584    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'47.679 0.095 0.095
3 1 Casey STONER HONDA 1'47.873 0.289 0.194
4 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'47.886 0.302 0.013
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA 1'48.028 0.444 0.142
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'48.068 0.484 0.040
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'48.189 0.605 0.121
8 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'48.441 0.857 0.252
9 6 Stefan BRADL HONDA 1'48.527 0.943 0.086
10 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'48.740 1.156 0.213
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'49.234 1.650 0.494
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 1'49.310 1.726 0.076
13 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'49.715 2.131 0.405
14 22 Ivan SILVA BQR 1'50.751 3.167 1.036
15 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 1'50.962 3.378 0.211
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA 1'51.325 3.741 0.363
17 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR 1'51.341 3.757 0.016
18 54 Mattia PASINI ART 1'51.587 4.003 0.246
19 77 James ELLISON ART 1'51.705 4.121 0.118
20 5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER 1'51.729 4.145 0.024
Round Number: 
9
2012
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It seems a bit obvious, and contrary to what he was saying on Thursday about not having made up his mind.