2012 Indianapolis MotoGP FP2 Result: Pedrosa And Spies Control The Session

Dani Pedrosa has taken a commanding lead at Indianapolis, topping the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class in the afternoon, and smashing the race lap record along the way. Pedrosa led by over a second for much of the session, with Ben Spies the only rider to get within half a second at the end of FP2. Factory Yamaha teammate and current championship leader Jorge Lorenzo was 3rd fastest, just ahead of Tech 3's Andrea Dovizioso, though both men were over seven tenths slower than Pedrosa.

Casey Stoner was the 5th fastest man of the afternoon, after leading during the morning. But while the better track conditions allowed Stoner to improve by well over a second, everyone else took two seconds or more off their best times, Stoner trailing his teammate by nearly nine tenths. The Australian was the last man inside a second, though: Cal Crutchlow put the second Tech 3 Yamaha into 6th, ahead of the satellite Hondas of Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl, while Nicky Hayden suffered the same fate as Casey Stoner, not improving his time as much as the rest and finishing 9th, just ahead of teammate Valentino Rossi.

Toni Elias is now riding for Hector Barbera, after Barbera was diagnosed with three fractured dorsal vertebra. Elias ended the session in 17th, well down among the CRT bikes.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'39.783    
2 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'40.078 0.295 0.295
3 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'40.502 0.719 0.424
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA 1'40.560 0.777 0.058
5 1 Casey STONER HONDA 1'40.623 0.840 0.063
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'41.055 1.272 0.432
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 1'41.072 1.289 0.017
8 6 Stefan BRADL HONDA 1'41.255 1.472 0.183
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'41.397 1.614 0.142
10 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'41.529 1.746 0.132
11 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'41.855 2.072 0.326
12 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'42.279 2.496 0.424
13 54 Mattia PASINI ART 1'42.290 2.507 0.011
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'42.360 2.577 0.070
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR 1'42.761 2.978 0.401
16 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 1'42.761 2.978 0.000
17 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'43.095 3.312 0.334
18 5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER 1'43.813 4.030 0.718
19 22 Ivan SILVA BQR 1'44.122 4.339 0.309
20 77 James ELLISON ART 1'44.127 4.344 0.005
21 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA 1'44.609 4.826 0.482
22 20 Aaron YATES BCL 1'46.021 6.238 1.412
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  15 Steve RAPP APR      

 

Round Number: 
11
2012
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Comments

Is creeping up....hopefully all bad luck has been exhausted!

He was racing so well for the first half of the season, should have stayed home for this one until he was ready. now he will likely be out for much much longer.

I bet Colin is very unhappy that his bike couldn't lap quicker than the fastest Moto2 bike in FP2. I guess Pol and Marques are both great riders, but how on earth can these guys be as quick as the CRT bikes when they effectively could enter a big bore Moto2 bike as a CRT bike? How much fun would it be for Dunlop to get a lap time for the CRTs on their Moto2 tyres....

I guess the track is getting faster session by session, but it will certainly be interesting to see how the times in QP compare.

go yates. nice progress in 2nd session. Bad move by rapp team not using their inferior backup motor.