2012 Laguna Seca MotoGP FP1 Result: Pedrosa Edges Lorenzo

Dani Pedrosa has got off to a flying start at Laguna Seca, leading from early in the session and ending FP1 just ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. The Repsol Honda man was quick from the off, closing in on the race lap record as the session drew to a close. Jorge Lorenzo took the lead for part of the session, but at the end, the Factory Yamaha rider had to concede to Pedrosa, the Repsol Honda man gaining most of his advantage in the final section of the track, from the bottom of the Corkscrew back across the line.

Pedrosa's Repsol teammate Casey Stoner ended the session in 3rd, unhappy with the fact that he was four tenths behind his teammate, while Ben Spies finished in 4th, half a second behind Pedrosa and with the potential to have been a little faster, if he hadn't run across Toni Elias on his final lap.

The two Monster Tech 3 Yamahas followed in 5th and 6th, Andrea Dovizioso just edging his teammate Cal Crutchlow, but the gap to Pedrosa was already large, nearly 1.2 for Dovizioso and a second and a quarter for Crutchlow. Valentino Rossi ended FP1 in 7th, 1.7 behind Pedrosa and half a second behind Crutchlow, while Stefan Bradl on the LCR Honda got between the two Factory Ducatis, relegating Nicky Hayden to 9th. Alvaro Bautista rounded out the top 10, but was over two seconds slower than Pedrosa, while Colin Edwards was the first of the CRT machines in 11th, nearly 3.5 seconds behind the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'21.424    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'21.498 0.074 0.074
3 1 Casey STONER HONDA 1'21.829 0.405 0.331
4 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'21.939 0.515 0.110
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA 1'22.609 1.185 0.670
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'22.672 1.248 0.063
7 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'23.216 1.792 0.544
8 6 Stefan BRADL HONDA 1'23.249 1.825 0.033
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'23.310 1.886 0.061
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 1'23.537 2.113 0.227
11 5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER 1'24.905 3.481 1.368
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'25.169 3.745 0.264
13 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'25.215 3.791 0.046
14 54 Mattia PASINI ART 1'25.488 4.064 0.273
15 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'25.816 4.392 0.328
16 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR 1'25.904 4.480 0.088
17 77 James ELLISON ART 1'25.931 4.507 0.027
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA 1'26.125 4.701 0.194
19 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 1'26.421 4.997 0.296
20 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'26.703 5.279 0.282
21 22 Ivan SILVA BQR 1'27.102 5.678 0.399
Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'27.123
  15 Steve RAPP APR 1'29.814 8.390 2.712

 

Round Number: 
10
2012
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Comments

So does Rapp not get to run for the rest of the weekend being outside the 107% marker? Or does he have to get within 107% in qualifying to participate in the race?

and I wish them the best but it's a shame that Attack is doing their shakedown during FP1. Hopefully they'll have some tests going on between Laguna and Indy but that's not really up to world championship standard, is it?

Really is something. Isn't this his first time visiting Leguna? To be where he is on a prototype bike is amazing especially on a track like this one. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite riders to watch out for. This is good because moto gp need guys to step up literally ( from the sub classes ) and perform well as for the series to not have only one dominant rider at a time. Bautista had great hopes coming up but somewhere in his last season on the 250's I dunno he just lost it. Anyway, hopefully Bradl continues to impress and gets a podium this year and tops his performance next year